The Edmond Sun

April 22, 2013

Rotary awards four $2,000 scholarships

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Rotary Club awarded four $2,000 scholarships to Edmond students recently.

Awarded were Kelsey Belden and Kelly Karguth, both of Memorial; Taylor Carter of Santa Fe; and Preston Williams of North.

Kelsey Belden plans to study a service field. She received the Outstanding Achievement in Leadership Award at Memorial, and was a Youth Leadership Exchange member, helping raise $22,000 for the nonprofit Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. She has received an AP Scholar with Honors award, and is secretary for National Honor Society. For two summers, she has volunteered at Infant Crisis Center and was her neighborhood pool manager, managing three pools and 10 lifeguards. She is the daughter of Mark and Laura Belden.

Taylor Carter plans to a career in the medial field. She was honored as the “Best Cookie Maker” and “Best Smile” in the OU Health Sciences Summer Teen program. She was “Volunteer of the Year” at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, selected into Youth Leadership Edmond through the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, NHS representative in the Mr. and Miss Santa Fe pageant, and was selected to Youth Leadership Exchange. For five summers, she has volunteered at Special Care, a day care and therapy center for disabled and non-disabled children. She is the daughter of Keith and Linda Carter.

Kelly Karguth plans to study early developmental education, teaching second-graders with a future master’s degree in education. Her volunteer work includes a mission week in Honduras and, a year earlier, in Albuquerque; cleaning/painting a children’s/family shelter; fixing a boys’ home; Vacation Bible School and Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. She is Orchestra Council treasurer and was a Memorial class representative. She is the daughter of Don and Marty Karguth.

Preston Williams plans on studying electrical engineering at Oklahoma State University, has received numerous awards in Francis Tuttle’s Pre-Engineering Academy, spent more than 100 hours as a leader in the Robotics Club at North, and has received first-place three years in a row at the OU engineering competition. His volunteer work includes Turning Point Ministries and the Regional Food Bank, and he also helped organize fundraisers for the drama department. Williams is the son of Jim and Pam Williams.

The scholarships are awarded annually. For more information, go to

The service organization meets at noon every Wednesday at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, located at 15th and the east I-35 Service Road. The Edmond Rotary Club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings. Lunch is available for $12.50. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at