Pleasanton seniors to receive full-ride Ray Scholarship

Updated: Apr 11

Pleasanton High School seniors Bailey Myrick and Judah Skipper have had what some would call a great senior year.


Homecoming queen and king, members of the National Honor Society who are among the top students in their class, and active in extracurricular activities, the pair picked up another honor on Monday.


They were selected to receive the Ray Scholarship. The Pleasanton USD 344 Board of Education made the decision at its meeting on Monday, March 7.


The scholarship, named for former Pleasanton residents Don and Betty Ray, provides a full-ride scholarship – including tuition, books, room and board – until the student graduates from college. This is the third year the scholarship has been awarded from the fund that was initially set up with about $4 million from the Rays’ estate.


Superintendent Travis Laver said that both Myrick and Skipper plan to attend Liberty University, a private evangelical university in Lynchburg, Va.


While the scholarship gives preference to students bound for state public colleges, the board felt the applications from Myrick and Skipper were compelling enough to choose the pair, Laver said.

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