Single Parent Scholarships Awarded
Scholarships for the 2013 spring semester were awarded Tuesday night, Jan. 29, to eight Clay County single parents through the Clay County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Contributions to the Clay County fund by individuals, organizations and businesses are matched by the state organization.
Recipients of $500 scholarships, along with their scholarship sponsors were:
Julie Ellis, Rector Lions Club; Jo Adams and Sara Engle, Arkansas Department of Higher Education; Andrew Rathel, Don Roeder of Piggott; Alexis Edington, First National Bank at Corning and the Clay County Single Parent Scholarship Committee; Erica Rapert, Stefanie Montgomery and Mary Garner, United Way.
Seven-year-old Rodney Rapert and his five-year-old brother, David, were present to receive a scholarship for their mother, Erica, who was working and unable to attend. Adams and Edington also were unable to attend.
Committee member Duane Dutka welcomed the scholarship winners, many of whom were accompanied by proud family members. After checks and certificates were presented, cookies and soft drinks were served and photos taken.
Other committee members present were Michele Haley and Nancy Kemp. Committee chairperson Sherry Walley and new committee members Heather Moore and Teresa Sain were unable to attend.
The purpose of Single Parent Scholarships is to provide supplemental financial assistance to single parents in Arkansas who are pursuing a course of instruction that will improve their income-earning potential. In most cases, scholarships may be used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, childcare, or any other financial need that contributes to the recipients' success in school.