Lauren Wells of Bonfield, a 2012 graduate of Black Hawk College East Campus, has received the prestigious $25,000 Excellence in Equine/Agricultural Involvement Scholarship from the American Quarter Horse Association. She was selected from 350 applicants.
To qualify for the scholarship, Lauren had to exemplify “the characteristics of leadership and excellence acquired through participation in equine and or agriculture activities” and have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Lauren earned a perfect 4.0 GPA at Black Hawk College and graduated May 18 with an Associate in Science degree. She will use the scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall where she will double major in animal science and ag communications.
As a freshman, Lauren was a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team, earning a place on the IHSA National All-Academic Second Team by having a minimum 3.5 GPA. Academic team members were listed in the National Program and were recognized at the National Horse Show, receiving a certificate of recognition from the IHSA.
Because of her outstanding GPA, she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the official honor society for community colleges.
Lauren also was a member of the undefeated freshmen Horse Judging Team, placing second Overall Individual at the Middle Tennessee State University contest in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and sixth Overall Individual at the APHA Intercollegiate Horse Judging Spring Sweepstakes in Fort Worth, Texas.
During her sophomore year, Lauren was the secretary of the Agribusiness Club, treasurer of the Student Government Association, competed on the IHSA Team in the Novice division, and competed on the sophomore Horse Judging Team.
Members of the sophomore Horse Judging Team finished their two-year collegiate career undefeated. Lauren placed first Overall Individual at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, and second Overall Individual at the American Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association selected Lauren for the Academic All-American Horse Judging Team. These students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be in the top 10 overall at the national level. She also earned the Distinguished Academic All-American with a minimum 3.85 GPA based on her first three semesters.
Also as a sophomore, Lauren was honored as a Founders’ Scholar. Founders’ Scholars must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and have completed 30 hours of course work in anticipation of earning an associate of arts or associate of science degree at commencement in May.
At the 2012 Black Hawk College Agriculture Recognition Banquet, Lauren received the Pard’s Western Store Award. It is given to the sophomore horse judge who earns the most points in national contests during her/his sophomore year.