Hancock High senior Lillian Baxter was recently awarded the Brehm Bell Scholarship, given annually to a promising local graduate. The scholarship, open to both public and private high school seniors in Hancock County, was created to encourage those who are pursuing a career in the field of law. An outside committee selected Baxter from a field of applicants based on her academics, character, and written essay.
The Brehm Bell Scholarship is a $1000 one-time award. Baxter is majoring in Legal Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall. Upon graduating USM, Baxter intends to study Law at the University of Mississippi. “It has been my privilege for the past eight years to provide a scholarship to a worthy senior,” said Bell. “My high school education here in Hancock County gave me the strong basis and encouragement I needed to pursue my law degree. I’m happy to help another young student along their path.”
In a letter of recommendation, Baxter’s JROTC instructor Sergeant First Class (R) Jude Smith notes that she has “earned her place as a leader in our program and is well respected by her instructors and her cadets.” He continues, “I cannot recommend Baxter enough and hope that one day she can be an incredible lawyer.”
Baxter plans on using her law education to become a Child Advocate Lawyer and volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem to help vulnerable children.