Caitlynn Oberhausen, of Auburn, recently received the prestigious Eloise Hadden Scholarship to go towards finishing her degree at Western Kentucky University. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who exemplify not only scholastic achievement, but outstanding character and fortitude.
Caitlynn, daughter of Dickie and Cheryl Oberhausen of Auburn, is a senior at Western Kentucky University majoring in hospitality management and dietetics with a concentration in nutrition and dietetics. She will be receiving a minor in nutritional and food chemistry as well.
The 2011 Logan County High School graduate plans on using her degree to change the perception and education of juvenile diabetes, in which she herself was diagnosed right out of high school.
“It was very surprising when I found out I had type 1 diabetes,” said Caitlynn. “It definitely took some adjustment, but I’m okay, and pretty much live a normal lifestyle.”
Caitlynn said through being diagnosed, she wanted to take her experience and educate those who are around people with the condition. She feels it’s important to bring about awareness to diabetes which breaks down the walls of fear others may have who either work, go to school with, or are friends with, those who have it.
As part of Caitlynn’s graduate school thesis at Western Kentucky University, she wrote a book about what was true and false about type 1 diabetes. Caitlynn’s book is entitled, “The Truth About Type 1 Diabetes: The Myths Exposed.”
Caitlynn keeps busy during her school year and summers as well. She is the flute section leader in the Big Red Marching Band, a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron where she served as vice president for the 2013-2014 school year and will serve as president for the 2014-2015 school year, has been a member of the WKU chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has volunteered at the Center for Courageous Kids the past two summers and at Camp Hendon this past summer as well. She is the children’s church teacher at Liberty Baptist Church, is a gymnastics coach at Logan County Gymnastics and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her college career.
Mrs. Eloise Hadden, whom the scholarship is named, lives in Auburn as well. The retired teacher of over three decades was chosen on Feb. 26, 2013, as “Kentucky Teacher of the Year.” As part of the honor, a scholarship was established in Mrs. Hadden’s name by Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Williams within the College Heights Foundation. The award has been created to honor Mrs. Hadden’s extraordinary contributions to the area of Family & Consumer Sciences and to Logan County School.
This action is a most meaningful expression of appreciation for her leadership and her influence on the lives of others. The $1,000 a year is funded by family, friends and former students.
Mrs. Hadden taught Home Economics for 33 years at Auburn High School and Logan County High School. She has been given numerous awards throughout and after her school career and has volunteered countless hours to many organizations including: the Logan County Tourism Committee, the Retired Teachers Association, the Auburn, Kentucky Revitalization Committee, the Auburn Historical Society, and her personal passion Auburn’s museum, which she is responsible for creating and maintaining.
“This young lady is amazing,” said Mrs. Hadden. “She is very deserving of this scholarship and I look forward to what she will do with her life and for others in the future.”