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Ocean Lakes High School Students Take All Three 2017 A.R.E. Scholarships


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Ocean Lakes High School Students Take All Three 2017 A.R.E. Scholarships

Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program Marks 10th Year

Virginia Beach, Va. – Three students from Virginia Beach City Public School’s Ocean Lakes High School were selected to receive all of the scholarships awarded from the 2017 Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program. This year’s top $1,000 scholarship winner was Nicolette Pember, who said she plans to attend Johns Hopkins University, studying Chemistry. In addition, two honorable mention awards of $500 each were given to Sean Burtner and Thomas Low. Pember was able to personally accept her award June 7, from Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment Executive Director Kevin Todeschi.

“Now in its 10th year, this scholarship program is one of the collaborative outreach programs we continue to help support and encourage hard-working students to grow in mind, body, and spirit,” Todeschi said. “Graciously funded by long-time A.R.E. member Nancy Clark and the George Clark Foundation, we are pleased the program has been able to award more than $23,000 in scholarships since its inception.”

This year’s winners were selected from a group of 26 applicants who submitted essays in response to the Cayce challenge to “make the world a better place because you have lived in it.” Pember quoted Helen Keller in her winning essay: “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything but I can still do something.”

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; but is not open to A.R.E. staff members, volunteers, and their family members. The Ocean Lakes students will be featured in the final 2017 issue of the organization’s Venture Inward magazine.

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

 -- Edgar Cayce reading 1089-3

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 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. The campus is also home to Atlantic University which offers two masters degrees (Transpersonal Psychology 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