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Meet 2020 Scholarship Recipient Christopher Oates

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is one of Christopher’s proudest accomplishments. It’s Scouting’s highest rank, and it signifies the successful completion of countless community service, outdoor activities and various merit badges. Eagle Scouts must also complete a final service project of their own creation.  His creation was to erect a flagpole in front of his church. Christopher said he chose this because “I wanted to give back to the community that molded and shaped me into the young man I am today my church.”  
At his high school, every team awards a student-athlete with a Raider Award. The award highlights leadership, commitment, dedication and dependability. All of which are necessary traits for an effective leader.  Christopher was selected a recipient of the award in his junior year for indoor track.  He started running track as a freshman and was able to help lead two relay teams to state in two years. 
While in high school, he also provided math tutoring to underclassmen, held the office of treasurer and secretary as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and played varsity soccer all four years of high school. During his Senior year, he was selected by his teammates as captain of their soccer team.  Christopher said “My role as captain undoubtedly molded me into a better person and definitely a better leader. 
He is a Caldwell Fellow enrolled in his second year of college at North Carolina State University.  He was on the Dean’s List his first and second semesters. He is seeking his Bachelor of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering Technology with a concentration in Environmental Systems Management. He is also minoring in Renewable Energy Assessment.  Christopher said “College has been a huge transition from high school, but it’s honestly been a blast so far. I’ve been able to enjoy many extracurricular events. I’ve also branched out and have made lots of new friends. I plan to complete my undergraduate degree and then obtain my Masters in Public Administration. I want to help enact new policies that will benefit and protect our planet’s wellbeing.”
When Christopher was asked what this scholarship meant to him he said “I’d like to thank the entire Police Benevolent Association for this scholarship. It is truly an honor to be selected as a recipient. It goes without saying that college is very expensive and the money from this scholarship will be used to pay part of my tuition for the Spring semester. I greatly appreciate you investing in my future, and I hope to continue to represent the values of the Association through both my character and through my academics for years to come.” 


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