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Edgar Cayce 2019 Scholarship Program Honors Three Graduates


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Edgar Cayce 2019 Scholarship Program Honors Three Graduates


Virginia Beach, Va. – Now in its 12th year of awarding scholarships to Virginia Beach City High School seniors, three local students were recently recognized by the 2019 Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program. This year’s top $1,000 scholarship winner was Jenna Crumley, from First Colonial High School. In addition, two honorable mention awards of $500 each were given to Will Butler, from Kellam High School, and Kasun Gunawardena, from Ocean Lakes High School.

“We hope these scholarships help encourage and support these hard-working students to grow in mind, body, and spirit,” Todeschi said. “Since its inception, the Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $30,000, all generously funded by long-time A.R.E. member Nancy Clark and the George Clark Foundation.”

These recipients set themselves apart among applicants with essays in response to the Cayce challenge to “make the world a better place because you have lived in it.” Crumley plans to study criminology at the University of Maryland. Butler plans to attend the University of Virginia, majoring in either aerospace engineering or business entrepreneurship. Gunawardena will attend Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in pre-med biology.

In addition to essay responses, students were scored according to their grade point averages, test scores, acceptance at a college or university, and ability to maintain a well-rounded life with sports and volunteer activities. The Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program is open to any Virginia Beach public or private high school student who has been accepted into a college undergraduate-level program (it is not open to A.R.E. staff members, volunteers, and their family members). The students will be featured in the final 2019-issue of the organization’s member magazine, Venture Inward.

Each soul enters in each experience for a lesson, a development.

-- Edgar Cayce reading 1089-3

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) has been called the “father of holistic medicine” because of his prolific psychic readings addressing the health of the body.  For more than 40 years of his adult life, Cayce was sought after by thousands seeking help with issues of the body, mind, or spirit. 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. 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 Cayce readings. The Virginia Beach headquarters is a popular site for locals and tourists with free daily lectures, a Health Center & Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage, an extensive metaphysical library, a meditation garden, a stone labyrinth, and a bookstore and gift shop. Visitors from around the world come to experience conferences featuring speakers on subjects like ancient mysteries, holistic health, and spiritual development. The campus is also home to Atlantic University, which offers two masters degrees (Transpersonal Studies and Leadership Studies) through an online platform, as well as continuing education and certificate programs. Through A.R.E.’s many programs, services, publications, and membership outreach, individuals from all walks of life and religious backgrounds are provided with tools for personal transformation and healing at all levels—body, mind, and spirit. For more information, please visit