THE BARBARA WARD SCHOLARSHIP CREATORS

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Christopher Seals 
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Christopher was born in Lexington, KY where he attended Winburn Middle School  then went on to graduate from Bryan Station High School in 2004. Chris was highly involved honor student at Bryan Station high school and made the most of his memories as a member of the Defender’s track team and football team during all four years.  
Chris attended the University of Louisville and graduated in 2008 with cum laude honors. While at UofL, Chris was highly involved in several organizations and activities, and earned various awards. After graduation, Chris worked in the UofL admissions office for five years and also completed a masters degree in counseling within that time.  As an admissions coordinator, Chris put a lot of his energy into programs that recruited students to attend UofL and into programs that encouraged current student persistence. 
In 2013, Chris moved to Michigan to start his PhD in Educational Psychology at Michigan State University.  He focuses his research on underrepresented student motivation and educational achievement.

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Thomas Benford
 

Thomas Benford was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he graduated from Bryan Station High School in 2004. During this time Thomas was a member of the freshman football team and on the Student Council his senior year. Thomas was also a very proud Defender, winning the award for most school spirit his senior year.

Thomas first attended the University of Louisville in 2004 in the Field of Engineering, and was awarded for having the highest GPA in his major his freshman year. During his freshman year at U of L Thomas became the father of twin boys and transferred to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore year in college.  Thomas studied at the University of Kentucky two years but with a declining GPA and two kids, decided to take a year-off and work full-time.  In 2008 Thomas returned to the University of Louisville and earned his Bachelors degree in Communications in 2012.

Thomas currently works for EHI Consultants a small Engineering and Urban Planning firm in Louisville, Kentucky as the Marketing Coordinator.


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Philip Thomas 

Philip was born in Lexington, KY where he attended Bryan Station Middle School through the Spanish-Immersion Program and graduated in 2004. Philip was very involved at Bryan Station High School; he played soccer, baseball and football and excelled in all during his four years.

After graduating from Bryan Station, Philip attended University of Kentucky and graduated in 2009. While at UK, Philip was involved in several organizations and activities, and joined the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. He also studied at the graduate level at American University.

In 2009, Philip moved to Washington, DC to start a career in teaching and to continue his passion of serving his community. He has been teaching Elementary School Physical Education for six years and was elected as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in 2010; he also ran for State Board of Education in 2014. He currently is an elected member on the DC Democratic State Committee and the treasurer of the DC Young Democrats. He aspires to make a difference in the world, while simultaneously helping and improving the next generation.

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Clyde Madison

Clyde Madison is a native of Lexington, KY.  Clyde attended Bryan Station high school from 2000-2004.  He was a member of the track and field team (2001-2004) and the soccer team (2004).  Additionally, he was a member of several organizations including Junior Class president in 2003 and Student Council president in 2004.  Clyde is a former Mr. Bryan Station award recipient (2004) and was a top 10 graduate in the class of 2004.

After graduating from Bryan Station, Clyde attended Centre College in Danville, KY.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 2008.  Later in his academic career, Clyde went on to obtain his Masters in Business Administration in 2014 from Indiana University Southeast.  Clyde currently resides in Lexington, KY and is a Capital Budget Analyst for Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities Company.  Clyde has future career plans to obtain his Certified Public Accountant certification and become an entrepreneur.

 


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Ryan Holmes

Ryan is a native of Lexington, KY, and graduated from Bryan Station High School in 2004. During his tenure at Bryan Station, he was a member of several organizations and played baseball all four years. He then went on to attend the University of Louisville, where he obtained his bachelors degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. Upon graduation, Ryan spent two years working for EHI Consultants, an urban planning and civil engineering firm, and served as the company’s Business Development Analyst.

In 2011, Ryan attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Community Planning (MCP). He has since returned to Louisville, and now serves as Project Manager /Urban Planner for EHI.

With over six years of experience in land use and regulatory planning, Ryan’s technical expertise now focuses on master planning, sustainable/green design, and greenfield/brownfield redevelopment strategies, which emphasize community revitalization, quality of life, and economic development.


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Jordan Lindsey

Jordan is a native of Lexington, KY, and graduated from Bryan Station High School in 2004. During his tenure at Bryan Station, he was a member of several organizations and played baseball all four years. He then went on to attend the Hampton University, where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance.

Upon graduation, Jordan moved back home to Lexington, where he began his career at Ashland Inc.  Jordan has been at Ashland Inc. for 4 years now, obtaining positions within the Valvoline Brand.  Currently Jordan is an operations manager for Valvoline’s global operations.