Lindsay Hyson, the only child of Jim and Kelly Hyson, was just 14 when she died on December 11, 2008. In celebration of their daughter’s life and her love of the arts, her parents established the Lindsay Ree Hyson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is given annually to a Waynesboro High School senior who exhibits a passion for the arts. “It’s a way for Lindsay’s life to continue to make an impact in our community,” say her parents. Her dance instructor, Dulcey Fuqua, recalls that Hyson had a special gift. “Lindsay brought light into the room…she always danced with passion and joy.” Kelly and Jim say they have been amazed at the number of people who have contributed. Last year, there were 54 separate gifts to the fund. “We chose the Community Foundation because we knew we wanted someone to manage the scholarship for us,” says Hyson. “As the fund continues to grow, it will become self-sustainable and will help spread Lindsay’s love and passion for the arts to other young people in our area.”
“I want to be able to say that I made a difference in someone else’s life. I want to be remembered as someone who could help people and change their lives for the better.” — Lindsay Hyson, in an excerpt from a class assignment.