HOT SPRINGS (October 18, 2011) – Winners of the Academic All-Star Scholarships were announced today in Hot Springs at the annual conference of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC).
Mr. Shane Broadway, Interim Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, presented the keynote address at a brunch honoring the 22 student scholarship winners. The students were awarded two scholarships: one worth $500 to complete their associate degree, and a second full-tuition scholarship to any of the 11 Arkansas public four-year universities to complete their bachelor’s degree. For the first time, Philander Smith College and Lyon College have offered scholarships as well. The combined cumulative total for both scholarships is estimated to be more than $500,000.
“These scholarships will enable our best and brightest students to reach for their dreams at any of Arkansas’ 11 public four-year universities, and now two private universities” said Dr. Ed Franklin, AATYC Executive Director. “Many of these students are studying hard to maintain excellent grades while also working and handling family responsibilities, which makes their accomplishments even more impressive. These students deserve our recognition, and these scholarships are a fine way to help them achieve their goals.”
Each of the 22 public two-year colleges names one student as an “Academic All-Star.” These students maintain a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25 out of a possible 4.0 and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree.
The 22 member institutions of AATYC located throughout Arkansas provide numerous educational programs, opportunities for career training or retraining, and continuing education as well as specialized training for today’s business and industry.
This year’s Academic All-Stars, and the college they are currently attending, are:
|Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville||Timothy P. Tucker|
|Arkansas State University – Beebe||Scott Luffman|
|Arkansas State University – Mountain Home||Ashley Rodman|
|Arkansas State University – Newport||Alicia Taylor|
|Black River Technical College, Paragould||Brittany Hembrey|
|College of the Ouachitas||Chris Adams|
|Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, DeQueen||Edgar Morales|
|East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City||Dena Jo Hurt|
|Mid-South Community College, West Memphis||Patricia Crume|
|National Park Community College, Hot Springs||C. J. Knabe|
|North Arkansas College, Harrison||Kris Hollingsworth|
|NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville||Brandi Peters|
|Ozarka College, Melbourne||Anna Mickler|
|Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena-West Helena||Taryn Parker|
|Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock||Roshada Taylor|
|Rich Mountain Community College, Mena||Tisha White|
|South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado||Lisa Sipes|
|Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff||Nicole Wilkinson|
|Southern Arkansas University Tech, Camden||Akelia Princess Russell|
|University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville||Linh Tran|
|University of Arkansas Community College at Hope||Rosemary Paredes|
|University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton||Shelly Jack|
For complete information, visit www.aatyc.org.