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Virginia Beach Students Split $3,000 Edgar Cayce Scholarship Award
Virginia Beach, Va. – The Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program has awarded $1,500 each to two Virginia Beach high school students—Ragan Killen of Cox High School and Kierra Sewell of Bayside High School. Killen, who will attend James Madison University as a psychology/pre- med major, wrote her winning essay on "Holistic Health vs. Traditional Medicine" and Sewell, who will major in biology at either Virginia State University or Florida A&M, wrote her winning essay on "The Insightful Triune Integration." The awards will be presented at the June 2 staff meeting at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. (215 67th St.), and the students will be featured in an upcoming issue of A.R.E.'s membership magazine Venture Inward.
One of the many ways A.R.E. reaches out to the local community, the goal of this annual scholarship program is to promote the education of students who are interested in or studying fields associated with holistic living. The scholarships are intended to give financial assistance to students who will be majoring in a course curriculum related to holistic health, philosophy, social work, personal spirituality, and/or quality of life through mind-body-spirit integration. Each applicant is evaluated on a variety of factors, including academic achievement (minimum 3.0 or appropriate equivalent), community service, and a 3,500- 4,000 word essay on one of the main topics of the Edgar Cayce material (holistic health, dreams, ancient mysteries, ecumenical spirituality/philosophy, and intuition). Candidates must be graduating seniors, attending any of Virginia Beach's public or private high schools, who have been accepted into a college undergraduate-level program. A.R.E. staff members, volunteers, and their family members, are not eligible for this scholarship.
The Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program, created in 2007, exists due to the generosity of long- time A.R.E. member, Nancy Clark and the George Clark Foundation. In 2010, the Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program split its $3,000 award equally between two students from Cox High School. A student from Tallwood High School was also given a $100 honorable mention award. Information and application forms for the 2012 scholarship will be posted online at the Virginia Beach Public Schools scholarship pages, located at vbschools.com/scholarship, in January.
Edgar Cayce founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries – all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce, who died in 1945. The mission of A.R.E. is simply to help people around the world change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the readings. The Virginia Beach headquarters is a popular site for locals and tourists with free daily lectures, a Health Center and Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massotherapy, an extensive metaphysical library, a meditation garden, a stone labyrinth, and a bookstore and gift shop. Visitors from around the world come to our conferences to hear expert speakers on subjects like ancient mysteries, holistic health, and spiritual development. A.R.E. also maintains an affiliation with Atlantic University. Through its many programs, services, publications, and membership outreach, Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. provides individuals from all walks of life and a variety of religious backgrounds with tools for personal transformation and healing at all levels – body, mind, and spirit. For more information about Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., please visit EdgarCayce.org.
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