Chanute, KS – Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America, an affiliate of the national organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to graduation, is proud to announce the recipient of its annual scholarship opportunity. Brayden McVey, of Chanute High School in Chanute, KS, has been chosen as this year’s Tyler Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship recipient.
“We are excited to present the Tyler Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship to Brayden McVey. His story is one of perseverance and hope for the future,” said Jennifer Martin, Special Programs Coordinator for CIS of Mid-America.
In his application materials, McVey stated that he planned to be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, or COTA, like his mother. “I have looked up to her all my life. She has taught me so much and I am very thankful for her.” McVey learned perseverance, resilience, and hope from his family and friends, who he reached out to for support after his grandfather passed away due to COVID-19. “As I have grown older, I have faced many life challenges. This pandemic has not only been a physical challenge, but it has been an emotional one as well. This has taught me to always believe in myself and to reach out for help when I need it.”
Sarah Stockebrand, CIS of Mid-America Lead Site Coordinator at Chanute High School said, “It’s so exciting that Brayden was picked to receive the Tyler Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship. Receiving this scholarship will help him further his education, go on to help others, and to make a difference in their lives. I am proud of him and excited to see what his future holds!”
The Tyler Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship honors the life of Tyler Gerhardt to continue his legacy of hard work, ambition, and determination. Tyler is the son of Donnie Gerhardt, a respected staff member of CIS of Mid-America, who retired in 2018 after five years of service to the organization. Students receiving this award must demonstrate characteristics of Tyler Gerhardt and have participated in CIS of Mid-America case-management services. The $500 scholarship can be used towards tuition, school fees, housing, books, or materials/supplies. McVey plans to attend Neosho County Community College and pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.