Kathryn Stepp of Wellington High School, daughter of Ruffin and Melanie Stepp, is a winner in the annual Washington Crossing Foundation National Scholarship Competition.
The prestigious awards are granted to high school seniors for the best all-around presentations, including an explanation of why they are planning careers in government service. The foundation noted that these winners represent the most talented and accomplished young leaders, and that it is these young men and women who are dedicating themselves to public service. The nonprofit foundation has awarded $95,000 this year to 41 students across 22 states and two countries.
The Washington Crossing Foundation has awarded more than $1,850,000 in scholarship since its inception. Scholarships were inaugurated in 1969 and honor the more than 60 years of dedicated service to the nation by the late author-historian Ann Hawks Hutton. The scholarship program seeks to find, identify and encourage young people with the same sense of dedication and service demonstrated by George Washington and his soldiers who, under the most adverse of conditions, crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776 to win the Battle of Trenton, which turned the tide of the American Revolution.