One of 29 in U.S.: Town teen earns WC Foundation Scholarship

Connor Archer of Farragut, Knoxville Christian School homeschool program Class of 2024 graduate, recently won a national Washington Crossing Foundation 2024 Scholarship designated for seniors planning careers in government service.

Archer, who will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the fall, received the Gregory Czura, Esq., Memorial Scholarship through the Washington Crossing Foundation. He was among 29 seniors nationwide to receive the scholarship.

“It was a huge honor to receive the scholarship,” said Archer, who graduated from KCS Friday, May 3.

“The prestigious scholarships are awarded annually to patriotic high school seniors dedicated to serving their school, their community and their country,” a Washington Crossing press release stated.

“This quality of service is exemplified by Gen. Washington and his men in their heroic Crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night 1776,” the release further stated.

The scholarships were presented during a ceremony and luncheon at Washington Crossing Inn in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.

“Over the course of the weekend, specifically during the ceremony, I met a lot of extraordinary people who are currently leaders in their communities and industries, as well as people who are rising to that level and will be leaders in the future,” said Archer, son of Dr. Daniel and Keri Archer.

“One of the things that past recipients and other people involved with the Washington Crossing Foundation said numerous times … was that a major component of what the scholarship offers comes from the connections that it offers its recipients rather than the monetary value of the scholarship,” he added. “I don’t think I would have believed them if I had not been at the scholarship weekend, but I can now see that I will have a lifetime of connections arising from this award, which will be of far greater worth to me in the long run than the monetary value of the scholarship.”

Archer is involved with his church — Christ Covenant — “especially in the youth group, where I am the team lead for all the tech relating to worship (sound, slides, etc.).”

He also is involved in a discipleship group at the church, where he has had the opportunity over his high school years “to learn from and be mentored by older men in the church,” he said.

“I have had the privilege of serving on multiple short-term mission trips, where I have been stretched as a person and learned the importance of serving the community around me,” Archer added. “I also participated in TeenPact, a Christian Government/Leadership school, where I got to participate in a mock legislature and much more.”

Outside of church and school, Archer is part of a competitive shooting team, N2Dust Shotgun Sports — which is part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program — through which he has competed in skeet, trap and sporting clays.

“I also spent many years playing in a recreational baseball league,” he said.

At Liberty University, Archer will study mechanical engineering and has been accepted into its Honors Program.

“I am not entirely sure what I want to do in the field of engineering after college, but I think it could be very interesting to work in research and development, specifically on aircraft,” he said. “I have also considered trying to do some sort of research for the government or serving my country in some other capacity.”