Scholarships presented by Jonesboro branch of AAUW

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Education Matters scholarship winners are, from left: Emily Doggett of Nettleton High School; Lauren Smith, Riverside High School; Adrian Baker, Riverside High School; and AAUW Jonesboro Branch President Julia Payne. Not pictured are Landon Rogers, Riverside High School; and Anna Reddell, Valley View High School.

The Jonesboro Branch of American Association University Women welcomed scholarship recipients and their parents to a reception on Saturday morning, March 19, at Fat City Restaurant in Jonesboro.

This is the first year for the Jonesboro branch to give Education Matters Scholarships to area seniors.

Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to five seniors.

Seniors receiving the scholarships are Adrian Baker, Lauren Smith and Landon Rogers, all of Riverside; Anna Reddell of Valley View; and Emily Doggett of Nettleton.

The scholarships can be used at a two year or a four year college as well as a technical school.

Professor Clint Vogus, MBA, MSOD, Instructor of management, Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business at Arkansas State University, sponsored the 2016 scholarships. He was present at the reception to meet and congratulate the seniors.

AAUW members present included Virginia Shackelford, President Julia Payne, Mona Fielder, Evelyn Nelson, and Charlie Granberry.

Also present was Shey Williams, Riverside high school counselor.

AAUW members expressed their appreciation to the seniors for their efforts in the application process.

The application included an essay written by the students addressing their future plans and goals. The instructions were specific and the committee looked for applicants who followed the rules addressing the questions.

Three of the scholarship recipients were present for the reception and each expressed their appreciation to AAUW members and Professor Vogus for making the scholarships available and for their interest in their future education.

Riverside's Lauren Smith, daughter of Greg and Angie Smith, plans to attend University of Arkansas and student Biology/Premed. She wants to specialize in pediatrics.

Riverside's Adrian Baker, daughter of Scotty and Paula Baker, plans to attend Arkansas State University and major in Early Childhood. She wants to be a kindergarten teacher.

Nettleton's Emily Doggett, daughter of Doug and Jennifer Doggett, plans to attend Arkansas State University and pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. She also hopes to work with children in her career field.

Ms. Payne thanked committee members who helped in the process, Professor Vogus for sponsoring the scholarships, and the applicants.

"We had dozens of applications," she said.

She congratulated the winners and wished them well in their future education.

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