MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon Township High School senior, Braden S. Kelley, the son of Karen Kelley and the late James “Tab” Kelley, has been selected as the recipient of the District 80 Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year.
The $1,500 scholarship is funded by a gift from former District 80 superintendent, Dr. Kevin Settle and wife Cheryl.
The winner was selected from a pool of applicants of students graduating this year from Mt. Vernon Township High School who will attend a college or other post high school educational institution and are children or grandchildren of current or retired District 80 employees or school board members. Kelley’s grandmother, the late Norma Kelley, was an administrative assistant for District 80 Schools.
Kelley said during the awards presentation he plans to attend Rend Lake College in the fall studying engineering sciences. He then plans to transfer to either the University of Illinois or the University of Missouri-Rolla. He said he is interested in the aero engineering program at both schools.
The ambitious young man said he is hopeful to eventually be hired by the Boeing Corporation. Kelley, who is currently employed at the 10th Street Subway, included fishing and golf as his hobbies.
Kelley is the third recipient of the District 80 Scholarship, according to Foundation President Jeff Harpole.