My name is Brenna Eadie, and I have lived in West Chester my entire life, recently graduating from Henderson High School. At age five, I followed in my older sister’s footsteps and began dancing at Chester Valley Dance Academy, eventually joining the company and falling in love with the art. Once coming to Henderson, I joined the school musical, stepping outside my comfort zone, participating all four years. My senior year I enrolled in Allied Health, confirming that helping others through medicine was the career path meant for me, leading me to attend Drexel University in the fall for Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies.
When I received the Stephen Chandler Ericson Scholarship, I was unaware of the honor I had been given. Sitting on the football field during graduation, I anxiously waited for the time of receiving our diplomas to come. First however, they gave out awards, announcing student’s names quicker than I could keep up. Suddenly I heard my name announced followed by Stephens name and the scholarship. Finding my family in the crowd I smiled in surprise, assuming I was given an average scholarship like the rest of my peers. I had never been so wrong.
After reading about Stephen’s story and the entire foundation I knew I was now apart of something much larger. Stephen Ericson has touched an entire community, bringing people together to make a difference for years. To be chosen by Stephen’s family and my teachers is truly an honor, and I am so thankful that I have been given the chance to be a part of this foundation. The motto “One life makes a difference…” is one that I will carry with me through my future as I go through school and enter healthcare, as I will remember that what I do, can make a difference in so many other’s lives. Thank you so much for this award and opportunity to carry Stephen’s legacy through this community, and now myself.