11 May 2019 Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship Awarded to Megan Hall
The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship was created by Junior Service League of Independence to honor the memory of First Lady of the United States, Bess Wallace Truman, who was active in many community service organizations in Independence.
This scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding female student from Independence who, through her scholastic ability as well as civic and community service, best emulates the model set by Mrs. Truman.
The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that we have selected Megan Hall for the scholarship. She is the daughter of Blake and Allison Hall and is a senior at Fort Osage High School.
In her essay, Megan said that like Bess Truman she has committed to living a life of service. This started at a young age when Megan became involved in the community through her love of music. She and her sister sang duets in church services and at local nursing homes on Sunday mornings. As she grew older she was able to continue this mission by joining different choral groups singing for businesses, nursing homes, churches and charity events. Taking what they had learned from participating in these activities she and a group of friends developed a school-wide talent show fundraiser to support a school in Florida that suffered devastation from Hurricane Erma in 2017.
Megan goes on to say that one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences she has had was participating on the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) which is a part of the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. As a part of YAC she was able to actively participate and have a voice in the Eastern Jackson County Community by visiting and speaking with non-profit charity organizations, presenting grant recommendations to the board, and speaking at the annual Grant’s Luncheon. Megan said, “I cannot express how incredibly grateful I am for the organization and the array of opportunities it has opened for me to participate in the community, even after my high school journey has ended.”
Megan says she is inspired by the passion Bess Truman had for the empowerment of women and she is determined to encompass that same passion in her future in the medical field. She hopes through this she will be able to support others in need on a daily basis and leave this world a better place than she found it.
Megan plans to attend William Jewell College where she will major in Biology with plans to complete an anesthesia assistant program after graduation. She is ranked first in her class of 314 with a 4.44 weighted grade point average. Her school activities include: President of the National Honor Society, Math Club Vice President, Student Ambassador, Interact, Choir, Musical Theater and Varsity Golf Team.