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Southwest High graduate receives Lamar scholarship

August 28, 2001

El Centro's William Amidon Jr., a recent graduate of Southwest High School, was awarded the Lamar Corp.'s president's scholarship Aug. 15 at the Lamar office in Yuma.

A 3.69 grade-point average and extracurricular involvement in football, wrestling, swimming, 4-H, church youth group and the Campus Life club earned Amidon the scholarship.

He plans to attend University of California, Davis in the fall to major in either law or engineering.

He hopes to continue to meet his definition of a "good student: one who is involved in schoolwork and extracurricular activities, excelling in both while still keeping a balance at all times by being a successful member of society and helping the community," a press release states.

The scholarship consists of a $1,000 award per semester for up to 10 semesters.

The program was instituted in 1995 for the children of Lamar employees throughout the United States. Amidon's father, William Amidon Sr., is a sales account executive in Lamar's Yuma office.

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"My family would like to thank Lamar because an extended scholarship, such as my son won, will really help us out," said William Amidon Sr. "William is the first in our family to go to college, and we have a lot of hope that he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do."

Because two students tied for fifth place in 2001, the scholarship was given to six children of employees, based on academic achievement, financial need and an essay answering why the student should be awarded the president's scholarship.

Winners are from Iowa, Montana, Pennsylvania, Nevada and California.

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