HOUSTON, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the high school year ends, many students are looking to the future -- future educational plans, future life goals and future contributions to make the world a better place. One such student who the future holds a definite place for is Taylor Meyer.
Meyer, the valedictorian of the Stratford High School Class of 2016, was recently named the winner of the Terry Bryant Scholarship. Awarded to a United States high school senior seeking a degree at an accredited four-year university, the scholarship from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law will help Meyer fund her studies at Cornell University where she intends to major in chemical engineering.
Meyer, who actually didn't think she would win the scholarship, said using the money to further her education will help her toward her goal of developing affordable renewable resources to help people around the planet facing hardships.
"It helps further my dreams," Meyer said of the scholarship. "It inspires me to work even harder to reach my goals."
Meyer has already begun to implement those goals. With three of her classmates, Meyer designed and constructed a low-cost solar light to be used in impoverished areas lacking adequate nighttime lighting. Nearly 200 of the lights have already been produced and shipped to Peru for testing in areas lacking proper electrical access.
By winning the scholarship, Meyer will be able to continue to pursue her educational dreams.
The Terry Bryant Scholarship is an annual scholarship that provides an opportunity for high school seniors to better their communities while competing for a $2,500 scholarship. Applicants must produce a video, written essay, or PowerPoint presentation on one of the following topics: dangers of underage drinking, drunk driving, or distracted driving. Students who apply are encouraged to present analysis and possible solutions for reducing teenage injuries and fatalities associated with one of those three topics. Meyer's entry was a 60-second public service announcement video on distracted driving.
Attorney Terry Bryant, the founder of the firm awarding the scholarship, said teenage drivers have the highest rate of vehicle accidents in the nation. By highlighting the effects of dangerous driving to their community through the scholarship, Bryant said he hopes students around the nation will work toward preventing teenage driving injuries and fatalities.
"This scholarship represents more than just an investment in a promising student's education. It represents a commitment to our youth and to protecting our teenagers from dangerous driving," Bryant said.
This issue greatly concerns Bryant who has seen an increase in underage, drunk, and distracted driving cases over the years. And, although she hasn't personally been impacted by an incident of this type, Meyer said she knows that the problem, whatever the cause, is a serious one.
"Even something like texting is a dangerous activity that people engage in more often than they really should," Meyer said, "People do it out of habit without truly appreciating the danger or the consequences. My little brother gives us faces when my little sister and I text at home, so it seemed only natural to include that in the video."
Although integral to the process, Meyer's video wasn't the only factor that the scholarship judges considered. In addition to her video presentation, Meyer was required to submit her high school transcript, ACT scores, and letters of recommendation. The judges then evaluated Meyer based on the quality of her presentation, academic achievement and potential, community and school involvement, and any volunteer work she had possibly performed.
Meyer more than met the requirements. She finished first in her class of 523 students and posted an impressive ACT composite score. Meyer, whose parents are a teacher and a designer, worked as a volunteer with the homeless and at youth camps. When not volunteering, studying, or participating in diverse extracurricular activities and clubs, Meyer also worked in the private sector at a local restaurant.
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About Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law:
In 1985, Terry Bryant opened his law firm as a sole practitioner with one goal in mind: help people who have been seriously injured. Over the years, he and his hand-picked team of litigators and support staff, located throughout the state of Texas, have been there for victims of personal injury and disaster, including maritime injuries, car accidents, explosions, and serious tragedies. Terry Bryant is board-certified in personal injury law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As a former judge, he knows the court systems and he knows Texas.
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