The University of Mobile awarded its prestigious Presidential Leadership Award to Shawn Ashcraft of Wilmer, Ala., during the 11th annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet on April 28.
Ashcraft was presented with a $5,000 scholarship during the banquet at the Mobile Convention Center, where an audience of about 700 gathered for the Christian university’s annual fundraiser. Fox News Channel Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier addressed the gathering, and Voices of Mobile and Welsh Revival ensembles from the UMobile Center for Performing Arts entertained.
Ashcraft is a junior majoring in early childhood and elementary education through the Adult and Professional Studies program, which is designed for adults who are beginning or continuing their college degrees.
The award is given to an outstanding student who demonstrates responsibility to God, responsibility for others, voluntary self-sacrifice for the good of the whole, leadership and academic achievement.
Ashcraft is a single mother with five children who enrolled at the University of Mobile when she became the sole support for her family.
“Shawn has accepted the challenges of raising her family alone, improving their lots in life by getting her education, and striven to set an appropriate, godly example to her children and those around her,” said Danny Chancey, director of graduate programs and Adult and Professional Studies.
In nominating Ashcraft for the scholarship, Chancey said, “Her attitudes of complete reliability on God, her desire to please Him, and her responsibility as a parent to lead her children to love Him and feel a compunction to serve Him have been driving forces in her life.”
She is director and kindergarten teacher for her church’s private school, which was formed when her pastor saw the need for a private Christian school in their area.
Ashcraft has been recognized for her academic achievement by being inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda honorary society for adult students.