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WMU names recipients of Loftis scholarship

TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP)–Young women from Kentucky and
North Carolina were awarded the Jessica Powell Loftis
Scholarship for Acteens during the Jan. 10-14 Woman’s
Missionary Union executive board meeting.
Recipients are Lisa Mae Duncan of Liberty, Ky., and
Katherine Anne McSwain of Gastonia, N.C. Each young woman
will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Jessica Powell Loftis Scholarship Fund for Acteens
was established by WMU in January 1995. Loftis was an Acteen
in a Birmingham, Ala.-area church who, along with her
father, was killed in an automobile accident in October
1993. Loftis’ mother and grandparents gave the initial gifts
to fund the endowed scholarship. The fund currently totals
more than $60,000.
The scholarship is awarded to young women who have
demonstrated leadership skills through their involvement in
Acteens, the missions organization sponsored by Woman’s
Missionary Union for girls in grades seven through 12.
Accomplishments and contributions through school and
community are also considered.
Duncan is a senior at Campbellsville (Ky.) College,
where she is pursuing a Christian education degree. She
plans to graduate in June, continue her education at
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth,
Texas, and then become a missionary.
Missions education has always placed a significant role
in her life. She was a member of Girls in Action and Acteens
at her home church, First Baptist Church, Liberty, Ky.,
where she remains an active member. She is an active member
of the Campus Women on Mission at Campbellsville University.
McSwain is a freshman at Campbell University, Buies
Creek, N.C., majoring in pre-law. She plans to study medical
law and work in the health-care profession. She attends East
Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C., where she was an active
member of Acteens throughout high school. She was named a
North Carolina State Acteens Panelist in 1996 and a national
Top Teen by WMU, SBC, in 1997.
For additional information on the Loftis scholarship
fund write: Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation, P.O. Box
11346, Birmingham, AL 35202-1346; phone (205) 408-5525;
e-mail, [email protected]. Deadline for making
application for the next scholarship is Oct. 1, 1998.
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