Perseverance pays big for local senior getting a $50,000 scholarship

Perseverance pays big for local senior getting a $50,000 scholarship

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Burger King co-founder Jim W. McLamore believed in the importance of philanthropy and supporting the advancement of education.

He wanted to build a brighter future by promoting education in the communities where we live and work.

Much of that is accomplished through college scholarships which range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Only three $50,000 dollar scholarship were award to the top high school seniors in North America.

One of those went to Lexy Rieger, a senior at Beechwood High School.

Keep in mind, Lexy has already been selected as a Kentucky Governor's Scholar, but she wanted to go to Xavier University.

FOX19 NOW's Rob Williams talked with her dad, who said he and his wife told Lexy it would make financially more sense if she stayed in state.

However, he said, "She showed us."  She applied back in December and the committee looked at GPA and community involvement.

Lexy organized a teen jeans drive for the Boys and Girls Club where a couple hundred pairs were collected.

She also volunteers at St. E's and the Ronald McDonald House.

Lexy is going to study biology with hopes of going to medical school.

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