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The Sedona Group - WQAD SOAR Scholarship Program. Every year The Sedona Group gives a $1,000 cash scholarship to five deserving recipients, known as the SOAR Awards. Hosted by Angie Sharp of WQAD, this SOAR scholarship is a partnership between Sedona and WQAD. Local igh school seniors submit an application identifying how their lives exemplify the 4 attributes of SOAR; Strength Optimism Achievement and Resolve. A panel of Sedona and WQAD representatives selects the 5 winners from over 200 applicants.
The SOAR concept was developed by Kyle John, Sedona President Rick John's son. During Kyle's battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, he developed the theme for this award as part of Sedona's 25th anniversary celebration. At the age of 27, Kyle sadly lost his battle against Ewing's Sarcoma. SOAR has become his legacy. Kyle’s life embodied the characteristics of SOAR, and so do all of our winners. This is why Sedona chooses to recognize them with this scholarship.
Please use the included links to watch the winner's stories. We think you will agree that each of them is deserving of this recognition and truly embodies the SOAR spirit.

2018 $1000 Bonus SOAR Award. For the first time Sedona asked social media followers and WQAD viewers to decide which of the SOAR recipients would receive an additional $1000 award. Nearly 1,000 voters responded! The winner was Emma Kelchen of Bellevue High School in Bellevue, IA. Congratulations Emma! Thank you to everyone who voted!

Applying for future SOAR Scholarships. Sedona has awarded all of the 2018 scholarships and the application period has ended. Please follow The Sedona Group on Facebook and Twitter to get updates about future scholarships. You can also check The Sedona Group Website and look for updates on WQAD television as the new information becomes available.

#1 Clare VanSpeybroeck

#2 Mandee Kunkel

#3 Mary Baril

#4 Grace Johann


#5 Emma Kelchen