Hall earns ‘distinguished’ honor from university

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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A Wise County teen has received Angelo State University’s top scholarship.

Kayli Hall, 17, of Paradise has been awarded a Distinguished Carr Scholarship to begin attending the university in the fall. While Carr Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000 a year, Kayli’s scholarship will pay $18,000 a year, or $72,000 for four years, because she has been accepted into the honors program.

SCHOLAR – Kayli Hall was awarded Angelo State University’s Distinguished Carr Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious scholarship for academic achievement. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The Distinguished Carr Scholarship is limited to six incoming students per year. To be selected, students must score at least 32 on the ACT or 1400 on the SAT, maintain a high school cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 and interview with ASU administrators.

On Monday, Kayli and her family met with representatives from the university for a signing ceremony at the Bridgeport Public Library.

Kayli said she will study biology and pre-med.

“I’m not sure if I’m going to go to medical school, but I do want to do some mission work – helping people in different areas,” she said.

She’s following in her father’s footsteps. Galen Hall studied pre-med at ASU, and in fact, the department chair, Dr. Russell Wilke, was a college friend.

Both of Kayli’s parents, including mom Brandy, attended ASU, and both also received Carr Scholarships.

Kayli said she liked the fact that she was home-schooled.

“I really enjoyed it because it meant I could work at my own pace,” she said. “It meant I could excel and get ahead in school.”

“There were some years she (advanced) two grades in a year,” Galen added. “She was able to take the courses that appealed to her. Another advantage is we tried several different types of curriculum, and everyone has their own learning style. With homeschooling, you can pick a curriculum that focuses on the learning style of the student.”

Family Ties

FAMILY TIES – Kayli Hall of Paradise signs her letter of intent with Angelo State University. She was joined at the signing by family members (from left) brother Kaleb, mom Brandy, brother Jalen, dad Galen and brother John. Galen and Brandy also attended ASU. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Galen said Kayli was offered full-ride scholarships to both Oklahoma University and the University of Houston, but ASU offered certain advantages.

“The biggest thing about Angelo State, we felt there was a commitment to teaching and the hands-on, smaller class sizes,” he said. “I went through this pre-med program, and I felt very prepared for the world when I got out of there.”

Kayli said she will live on the San Angelo campus in an honors wing of a residence hall.

Carr scholarships are funded by a $100 million endowment from the Carr Foundation’s namesakes, Robert and Nona Carr, who bequeathed their interests in oil and gas properties in West Texas. Three out of 10 students who now attend ASU receive some level of Carr Scholarships.

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