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Love for Metro East lands duo scholarships

A pair of Lindenwood University-Belleville students have been named winners of Get to Know M.E. scholarships.

The students, Emily Donovan and Kaitlyn Dixon, were selected to receive the $2,000 scholarships based on essays they wrote about what living in the metro-east means to them. Get to know M.E. is a promotional campaign designed to get the word out about all the things the Metro East, specifically Madison and St. Clair counties, has to offer.

“Considering how much I love this area, it was an easy decision to complete my master’s degree in professional counseling at Lindenwood University in Belleville,” Donovan wrote in her essay. “Downtown Belleville boasts a rich history and well-preserved architecture, along with opportunities for new businesses to grow and thrive. I enjoy visiting the shops in downtown Belleville and attending the community events hosted in Belleville, such as Art on the Square and the Christmas market. A lot of work has gone into making Belleville beautiful, and I see so much potential for even more growth and expansion.”

Donovan, who is studying for a Master of Arts in professional counseling, said she plans to graduate in December of 2017 or May of 2018. She works as a graduate student in the Lindenwood Belleville Academic Success Center, where she said she enjoys helping others.

“It is a passion and a privilege for me to assist students to achieve their academic goals,” Donovan said. “Lindenwood has been a powerful asset to the area since it came to Belleville by educating people from the Metro East, across the country, and around the world to become educated members of this community. It is an honor to better this community through working in higher education.”

Dixon, who plans to graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice, said she moved to the Metro East from the West Coast to attend Lindenwood Belleville after her high school graduation.

“I love the Metro East area for a lot of reasons, but there are two that top the list every time someone asks about my home,” Dixon, originally from Coquille, Ore., wrote in her winning essay. “First of all, this community embraces newcomers without a second thought.  

“Secondly, the opportunities for people throughout the area are endless. Local elementary, junior high, and high schools partner up all the time, allowing college students the chance to go and teach the community’s youth about everything from the importance to staying active, to the benefits of reading.”

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