A total of $7,800 in scholarships has been awarded to 16 students through the Mary Sallee Single Parent Scholarship (MSSPS) fund for the Fall 2013 semester. Valorie Anderson and Leah Miller of Imboden, Emily Anderson, Melaina Bailey, Brandi Beckman, Angela Emmitt, Verrandah Flanigan, Brittany Madden, Mary Richardson, Stephanie Searcy, Amy Thielemier, Megan Walls, and Lacy Wheeless, all of Pocahontas; and Michele Davis and Kendreia Prater of Ravenden, each received $500 as full-time students; and Amanda Rowe of Maynard received $300 as a part-time student. This brings to date a total of $161,448.00 awarded through the MSSPS fund.
Valerie Anderson, Miller, Davis and Emmett have been designated as United Way recipients through MSSPS.
Valerie Anderson is a graduate of Oak Ridge Central High School and has worked at Sonic since 2009. She earned a certificate from BRTC earlier this year and is now in the nursing program at ASU-Newport and plans to become an RN. Miller is a 2009 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and is working towards an AA degree at BRTC and expects to graduate in May. She plans to pursue a teaching degree in hopes of one day teaching art. Davis graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School in 1990 and BRTC with an AA degree in 1998. She plans to graduate in December from the respiratory program at BRTC. Emmett earned a GED from Ogechee Tech and is working towards an AA at BRTC then plans to pursue a degree in radiology.
Emily Anderson is a 2000 graduate of Granite City High School and attended Southwestern Illinois College. She has been a CAN for 13 years and is pursuing a degree in nursing. Bailey also plans to pursue a degree in nursing. She attended Pocahontas High School and earned a GED earlier this year and is currently taking courses at BRTC.
Beckman graduated from Maynard High School in 2012 and is working towards an AA degree at BRTC, where she is a member of the President’s Leadership Council. She plans to graduate in May then transfer to Williams Baptist College or Arkansas State University to pursue a degree in psychology and become a counselor. She works for Above and Beyond Home Care as a personal care aid and also as a waitress in Hoxie.
Flanigan graduated from Pocahontas High School in 2012 and is working towards an AA degree at BRTC. She plans to graduate Fall 2014 and then begin working on an RN degree. Madden attended Hoxie High School and earned a GED from BRTC in 2008. She is taking general education courses at BRTC. Prater is a graduate of Pocahontas High School and is seeking a degree in psychology from WBC. Richardson graduated from Couch High School in 2012 and has been attending BRTC with plans to pursue a degree in nursing. Searcy graduated high school in Kentucky in 2001 and has been a CNA for over ten years. She is taking general education courses at BRTC with hopes of completing the LPN and RN programs.
Thielemier is a 1996 graduate of Pocahontas High School. She is working on an AA degree at BRTC with a goal of becoming a Pharmacist. Walls graduated from Pocahontas High School in 2010 and is currently a student in the LPN program at BRTC. She plans to become an RN and later earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.
Wheeless graduated Maynard High School in 2009 and Blackwood Beauty School in 2010. She is a student in the Dietetics program at BRTC. Rowe is a 2010 graduate of Maynard High School and is currently taking general education courses at BRTC with plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
According to MSSPS Chair Janna Guthrey, to qualify for the single parent scholarship, individuals must be single parents with custody of minor children, be enrolled in a program of higher education, meet certain income guidelines, and be residents of Randolph County.
For more information about MSSPS, contact Guthrey at 870-248-4092, or Natasha Rush, Financial Aid Officer, at 870-248-4019.