Honors Program Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients


The scholars include, from left: Taylor Holder, Victoria Bamigboye, Madelyn Guy, Daniel Rich, Ruby Sloan, Caden Montgomery, Kayla Lee and Callie Stewart. Photo by Matt Reynolds.

Among the hundreds of incoming freshmen settling into campus this fall are eight exceptional new students awarded the university’s most prestigious scholarship, JSU Honors

First-time freshmen are eligible for the competitive JSU Honors Scholarship if they have, at minimum, a high school GPA of 3.75 and an ACT composite score of 30 or SAT score of 1360. The award covers 16 hours of tuition each semester, the general university fee, books, housing and a meal plan. 

The honorees for 2021 include:

Victoria Bamigboye: A graduate of The Ambassadors College Ota, Ogun State, in Nigeria, she was involved in the Olympiad Biology Competition, Literary Arts and Theatre Club and Homemakers Club. She won numerous school awards, including first place in trade subject, English language, basic science, as well as second place in biology. She volunteered in the Going Green Club and was a sales and marketing intern for Banias Touch Cakes. She held leadership roles, including being a deputy head prefect at school and was head of choir of Teens’ Church. She plans to major in pre-health biology. 

Madelyn Guy: A graduate of Shelby County High School, she was a part of Future Farmers of America, Art Club, National Honors Society, Beta Club, softball team, and track team. Her accolades include being named a Shelby County High School Academic Elite and winning the Proficiency Award in Future Farmers of America, Excellence in Visual Arts, and Highest Overall AP Biology average. She is a member of the Cattlemen’s Association and volunteers with the Church of the Highlands. She plans to major in marketing/business. 

Taylor Grace Holder: A graduate of Glencoe High School, she was involved in SGA, Junior Civitan, Scholars’ Bowl, Key Club and Beta Club. She also served as the yearbook editor. Her awards include being an AP Scholar, National Society of High School Scholars Recognition, Scholars Bowl Award, and Etowah County Nonfiction Creative Writing Award. She volunteered with the Church of the Highlands for the nursery and annual conferences. She plans to major in early childhood/elementary education. 

Kayla Lee: A graduate of Southside High School, she was a member of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America while serving as an officer in Key Club, LEO Club, ASTRA Club, FCCLA Club, and Spanish Club. She received recognition on the All-A Honor Roll, certification in “Service Level Gold Hospitality,” and won the Class Notable Award. She volunteered for the Etowah County Council of Aging, Humane Society, Special Olympics and at local long-term care facilities. She plans to major in nursing. 

Caden Montgomery: A graduate of Mortimer Jordan High School, he participated in National Honors Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Future Business Leaders of America, First Priority and the Fishing Team – through which he placed in state competition. He was involved in community service, including Operation Christmas Child, Logan Martin Lake Clean Up, and volunteering at fishing tournaments. He worked with M and H Estate Sales. He plans to major in pre-health biology.

Daniel Rich: A graduate and valedictorian of Sardis High School, he was vice president of the SGA, graduated from the Etowah County Chamber of Commerce’s student leadership program, and was secretary and co-president of Future Business Leaders of America. He earned many honors, including being an AP Scholar award winner, placing first on the Sardis High School Financial Fitness Team, receiving the TJ Butts Memorial Award from Gadsden Junior Golf Association, and placing in the State FBLA Political Science Competition. He volunteered in blood drives, elementary school events and book readings. He plans to major in integrated studies.

Ruby Sloan: A graduate of Homewood High School, she participated in Robotics Club, Legacy Show Choir, Student Activism for Women Club and Walk to End Epilepsy Club. She earned awards from the National Beta Club and National Honor Society and served as an officer in the Student Activism and End Epilepsy Clubs. She also participated in various volunteer programs, including Service Over Self, and she is a regular Red Cross blood donor. She is active in the Trinity United Methodist Church. She plans to major in emergency management.

Callie Stewart: A graduate and valedictorian of Ashville High School, she was president of the SGA, vice president of the National Honor Society and a member of Beta Club, First Priority and Mu Alpha Theta. She was captain of varsity soccer and was also an athlete in varsity track, cross-country, volleyball and basketball. She also volunteered with St. Clair County Cleanup Day, Salvation Army, Vacation Bible School and on mission trips. She was recognized as a school representative in the Youth Leadership Development Program and JSU Emerging Leaders. She plans to major in pre-health biology.