The JF Maddox Foundation has announced that Brevin McCool has been awarded the 2020 Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship.

Brevin is a senior at Hobbs High School this fall. He is the son of Jeff and Kristin McCool. Brevin is interested in pursuing a medical degree at Vanderbilt University.

An independent Selection Committee reviewed 46 comprehensive applications submitted to the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program from throughout Lea County, and considered each applicant’s academic achievements, extracurricular activities and written essays. From this applicant pool, the Selection Committee selected 15 semi-finalists for personal interviews. From those semi-finalists, the Selection Committee selected five finalists: Alexa Brito (Lovington), Shelly Driskill (Hobbs), Brevin McCool (Hobbs), Cynthia Palacios (Tatum), and Jonathon Salgado (Hobbs).

With the award of the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship, Brevin will be able to pursue an undergraduate degree from a college or university of his choice in the continental United States. The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship covers all costs of tuition, lab and other fees, textbooks, and room and board for his entire four-year undergraduate education.

The remaining four finalists are all Maddox Scholars, and will receive scholarships of $20,000 each, $5,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study, which also may be utilized at any public or private college or university in the continental United States. Additionally, several universities have entered into agreements with the Foundation to match the Maddox Scholarship award with additional scholarships based on their selection as a Maddox Scholar.

This year, the Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the course of the Scholarship Program’s history, the Foundation has provided Lea County high school graduates with more than $4 million in college scholarships. The five Maddox Scholars selected this year will join over 100 Maddox Scholars who have received scholarships since the first class of scholars was selected in 1996.

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship Program is unique in that it does not limit the recipient to attend any particular college or university. To date, Maddox Scholars have attended 48 colleges and universities in 21 states. Some of the careers and degrees pursued by Maddox Scholars include: engineering, accounting, teaching, financial management, non-profit management, journalism, digital film making, graphic design, astrophysics, economics, medicine, music, dance, English, pharmacy, nursing, history, neuroscience, political science, law, psychology, marine affairs, and marketing.

Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholars include: Jill Dover-spike, University of Notre Dame; Amanda Whitt, Southwestern University; Heath Weeks, Wheaton College; Jennifer Pierce, Illinois Wesleyan University; Paul Francis, Trinity University; Brittany Grovey, Brown University; Karen Francis McReynolds, Duke University; Chase Bridgforth, University of Oklahoma; Ben Parra, Stanford University; Neelima Navuluri, Duke University; Chris Mosley, Illinois Institute of Technology; Wei Chang, University of California, Berkeley; Marcos Aranda, Brown University; Ryan Glenn, Texas Tech University; Ryan Roberts, Rice University; Marissa Davis, Texas Christian University; Jordan Said, University of California, Berkeley; Crystian Massengill, Muhlenberg College; Rachel Johnson, Fordham University; Caden Bailey, Wayland Baptist University; Brooke Dunn, University of New Mexico; Makayla Franco, Rice University; Daylan Flemmons, Stanford University; and Troy White, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Scholarship is named in honor of Jack Maddox, who, along with his wife, Mabel, established the JF Maddox Foundation in 1963 and funded the Foundation from their estates (Jack died in 1978 and Mabel died in 1987). The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of members of the Maddox family and independent directors. Inquiries about the Scholarship Program should be directed to Sarah Anderson at the JF Maddox Foundation.