The Parker Overly Legacy Scholarship
The foundation invites any Orem High senior to apply for the Parker Overly Legacy Scholarship. This application consists of an essay describing the importance of the Six Characteristics of Parker:
CONSISTENCY. The importance of attending school regularly, on time, and doing your best.
EDUCATION. The importance of education beyond high school and setting post-high school educational goals.
EMOTIONS. The importance of respecting your parents and controlling emotions.
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. The importance of being financially independent regardless of one’s family situation.
FRIENDSHIP AND SERVICE. The importance of being a friend to those needing a friend and offering voluntary service to others.
ADDICTION. The importance of not using drugs, alcohol and other addictive behaviors.
Please refer to the “About Parker Overly” section for more direction as to what your essay should include regarding these Six Characteristics.
The Foundation will award a financial gift of $2000 to one male student and one female student to assist in furthering the student’s education. All donations and fundraising is through the Alpine School Districts, Alpine Foundation. These scholarships are funded through the non-profit foundation directly to the recipient’s school of choice.
The scholarship application only has THREE REQUIREMENTS.
ONE. A written essay by the prospective recipient, evaluated by the Overly family. There is no length requirement for this essay. One line or possibly a full written page may be necessary to represent your feelings related to the Six Characteristics.
TWO. One letter of recommendation from an immediate family member describing how the applicant exemplifies the Six Characteristics.
THREE. A recommendation by an Orem High School administrator or counselor.
DEADLINES AND OTHER INFORMATION
Students must submit the application to Mrs. Kirkby in the Career Center at Orem High School by April 11th at 2:15 pm.
Selected students will be notified by Orem High School. The $2,000 scholarship will be sent directly to the recipients’ institution of choice.
Finally, the recipient agrees to allow the Parker Overly Foundation to post their winning essay on the Parker Overly Memorial Facebook page for those followers to read and enjoy.
About Parker Overly
Parker Williams Overly was born November 18, 1995 in American Fork Utah to Paul and Janna Overly of Orem UT. Parker was the fifth child, third son, and the last child born in the Overly family. Parker was killed instantly in a tragic car accident the evening of April 11, 2017.
At an early age, Parker grew quickly and was blessed with the gift of being bigger and taller than most kids his age. He loved balls and quickly became one of the better ball players at Foothill Elementary School, Canyon View Junior High School and finally at Orem High School. Although Parker had an athletic gift, we now know one of his greatest gifts was his ability to be a friend to all, reach out and mentor younger students and players, and lift others up. He used his athletic gifts to bless others.
Shortly after Parker’s tragic death, his friends founded The Parker Overly Scholarship Foundation. Because of his quiet past of being a friend to all people, and exhibiting the Six Characteristics people admired in Parker, this fundraising attempt took off like wild fire! Donations came in to fund a scholarship to be passed on to other students from Orem High School that embody Parker’s positive attributes.
These are the Six Characteristics Parker exemplified.
CONSISTENCY. Parker missed one full day of school in 13 years. He understood that, even if he did not feel 100%, he always tried to attend school, practices and all other commitments he made. Parker learned the importance of being on time and was rarely late for any event. Parker hit over 50 home runs, but always reminded his father that home runs always came when least expected and by just trying to make contact! He was a master at taking life one step at a time and not trying to take short cuts.
Please express your feelings of the importance to be consistent in your own life and how consistency will strengthen you personally and others.
EDUCATION. Parker was a 3.75 GPA student and played football, basketball, and baseball. He was an All-State baseball player and received All-Region honors in Football. As a sophomore in 2012, his Orem High Basketball team won the State Championship. Parker was usually willing to help do household chores to earn money to pay for movies or other activities growing up. After high school graduation Parker attended Utah Valley University and had a part time job. He was reluctant to take student loans, so his parents agreed to pay half of his tuition if he paid the other half. He used his own hard earned money to help pay tuition.
Please describe the importance of helping pay for your education. Your parent’s ability to pay for your education has little to do with our decision, since there are grants available and loans for those wanting to receive higher education. This section is more about your willingness to help pay with your own hard earned money. We consider this scholarship money as hard earned money because of your effort to receive it and emulate some of Parker’s qualities in your future. Your desire to be independent in your effort to complete school is most important as we evaluate, even if your family has the ability to pay.
EMOTIONS. Parker had a unique gift of being very balanced with his emotions. He never raised his voice to his mother and father or argued. We understand this is rare. It is fine if you have had challenges in this area.
Please speak to the importance of daily improvement in the area of controlling your emotions and why constant improvement in this area will help you make the world a better place, help you become a leader and make your family stronger.
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Parker had a desire to be financially independent. In the last two years of Parker’s life he did not ask his parents or anyone for money or loans. He would just budget his money and spend what he had. He was also a good saver. At his passing he owed very little on his credit cards. The small balance was only so he could make small payments to help build his credit rating so he could purchase his own car and house without his parents signing. He had $3000 in savings set aside for a rainy day, we recently discovered.
Please share why it is important to be financially independent and conservative and live within your income and means.
FRIENDSHIP AND SERVICE. Parker had the ability to mentor younger players and friends. At his passing, we discovered numerous stories from others of how he quietly made friends and included those with few friends to be “part of the club”. He went out of his way to help people. He was not judgmental of people who had been dealt a different set of cards or for choices they made. Please write why you think it is important to include not only younger people, but all people that may not have a friend.
Please express your feelings how improving on this key attribute would help your own family, workplace, church etc. be more successful. Henry B Eyring said, “All of us will be tested. And all of us need true friends to love us, to listen to us, to show us the way, and to testify of truth to us.”
ADDICTIONS. Parker unfortunately saw the pit falls of addiction second hand and saw how addictions can crush families, and take away God given potential from people. He committed early in life to never even experiment with any addictive behavior. He understood God given ability could easily be taken away.
Please write your feelings about avoiding addiction and how important sober living is to help to you personally be successful in life, the world and help your family be stronger.