The Scholar award is given to a full-time junior at this campus. The purpose is to encourage superior students to excel and to contribute to the world in areas of civics, religion, the arts, humanities, business and other professions.
The award is now $30,000 and has been presented at A.C .Jones since 1995. Since that time, 19 students have received the award. Of past recipients who have completed their post-secondary education, five work in the medical field and one is an attorney. Two, who are United States Air Force Academy graduates, are serving as military pilots. One is employed with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The 2010 finalists are Ellen Addison, Claire Duge, Chet Sparks and Caleb Traylor.
This year’s guest speaker is Ambassador Sichan Siv.
Sichan Siv holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He escaped Cambodia’s killing fields in 1976 and was resettled as a refugee in Wallingford, Conn.
From 1989 to 1993, Ambassador Siv served as deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush and as deputy assistant secretary of state.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as a United States ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006.
In June 2005, Ambassador Siv addressed the 60th anniversary of the U.N. in San Francisco, following in the footsteps of Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower in 1955, Johnson in 1965, and Clinton in 1995.
In the private sector, he has held positions in social services, educational exchange, financial management and investment banking. He is managing director of the investment banking group AKRA He provides global strategic advice and gives motivational speeches around the USA and the world. He is also the international bestselling author of “Golden Bones,” an American dream story, published by HarperCollins.
The ambassador and his wife, the former Martha Pattillo of Pampa, Texas, spend their time in San Antonio, New York and beyond. Siv is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the George H.W. Bush Award for Outstanding Public Service. He is a volunteer in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and San Antonio Aviation Police, among others.