When Alex Watson, a PITT STATE senior from LaCygne, Kan., received news that he’d won a major scholarship, his first instinct was to call his mom. But Watson’s mother, Ginger, died in April following a battle with breast cancer.
“Moments like that are tough, but we have a great family, and I called my aunt to tell her. I know my mom is proud of me,” Watson said.
Ginger Watson would be proud, indeed. Her son, a construction management major with an emphasis in civil construction, was the 2015 recipient of the $20,000 Lamberson Scholarship from the Beavers, an association of heavy engineering construction professions. The scholarship, awarded to one student in the nation annually, is named for the late John R. Lamberson, a trustee of the Beavers Charitable Trust who died in 2012.
“It’s such a blessing. I have four semesters left at Pitt State,
and this will really help me pay for school and also for some other things I’ll need over that time.” – Alex Watson
Upon his death, Lamberson left $100,000 to the Beavers Charitable Trust, which was to be given to five students over five years in the form of $20,000 scholarships.
Watson said he had to read the email announcement of the scholarship several times before it sank in.
“I just kept fearing that I had misread it,” Watson said. “It seemed too good to be true.”
Watson said he is “very grateful” for the scholarship, especially at this time in his life.
“It’s such a blessing,” he said. “I have four semesters left at Pitt State, and this will really help me pay for school and also for some other things I’ll need over that time. It provides a valuable emergency buffer, which will help me relax some about money and really focus on school.”