Manila and BIC seniors receive A-State Scholar Scholarships

Monday, December 30, 2013

Wednesday, Dec. 18, was a good day for two area seniors, one at Buffalo Island Central High School and one at Manila High School.

Pictured with Jacob Sanders, BIC recipient of the A-State Scholar Scholarship, are, from left: N Deea Lee of Pine Bluff, junior at ASU; Emily Peters of Marian, sophomore at ASU; Jill Sanders, Jacob, and Nathan Sanders; Rebecca Oliver director of the Honors College; and Jamie Beck, assistant director.

Rebecca Oliver, director for the Arkansas State University Honors College, assisted by staff member Jamie Beck, and ASU Honor Scholars NDeea Lee (ASU junior) and Emily Peters (ASU sophomore) made the rounds to local schools presenting surprised students with the A-STATE Scholar Scholarship valued at $56,000.

Jacob Sanders of BIC and Shaun Scoggins of Manila were recipients of A-STATE Scholarship.

Oliver said they expect to welcome 50 A-State Scholars in the 2014 fall semester.

Pictured with Shaun Scoggins, Manila recipient of the A-State Scholarship are, from left: N Deea Lee, Jamie Beck, Vonda Scoggins, Shaun Scoggins, Rebecca Oliver and Emily Peters.

"The A-State Scholarship is very competitive," Oliver said. "We had over 150 applicants this year. The scholarship is worth $14,000 per year."

To be eligible to apply, students have to make 30 or higher on the ACT and have a 3.5 or higher GPA. A committee reviews the applicants' transcripts and letters of recommendation.

The group stopped by BIC to make the presentation to Jacob.

Ironically, Jacob was coming into the building when they arrived and he directed them to the office. He was surprised when he was called out and he was the student they were coming to see.

Sanders is the son of Nathan and Jill Sanders. He plans to study mechanical engineering.

The group left BIC and made their way to Manila High School where they surprised Shaun Scoggins announcing he had been selected for the A-STATE Scholars Scholarship. He also was selected to receive the $56,000 honors scholarship.

Shaun is the son of Vonda and Rick Scoggins.

Ironically again, when Shaun said he planned to study mechanical engineering he was told the BIC senior had the same goal. Shaun asked who received the scholarship from BIC and discovered it was Jacob, one of his best friends. Shaun went to school at BIC until the eighth grade before transferring to Manila. The two young men have been lifelong friends.

Shaun was excited for himself and for Jacob.

The ASU group left Manila to present the A-State Scholarship at Gosnell High School.

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