The Mary Sallee Single Parent Scholarship (MSSPS) fund has awarded $5,125 for the Spring 2012 semester among eleven recipients. They are Holly Beegle, Shelby Borst, Dallas Carlile, Abbi Edington, Angela Emmett, Stephanie Searcy, Bernice Shelly and Jane Smith of Pocahontas; Madison Rutledge of Biggers; Amanda Hibbard of Ravenden Springs; and Miranda Hand of Imboden. Each individual received an amount between $250 and $500 depending on the number of hours enrolled. This brings to date a total of $143,848 awarded through MSSPS since its inception in 1992.
A sub-grant was provided to MSSPS from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in the amount of $1,000. Searcy and Smith have been designated as “ADHE Scholars” through this grant.
Beegle graduated from Doniphan High School in 1993, attended Three River’s Community College, and then completed CNA classes at BRTC. She is currently taking Gen Ed classes at BRTC with plans to pursue a degree in the field of nursing. Borst is a 2010 graduate of Mena High School and plans to graduate Spring 2012 from BRTC with her AA in Gen Ed degree. She then plans to transfer to the University of Central Arkansas to work on a degree in the medical field with future plans of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. Carlile graduated from Oak Ridge Central in 1999. She plans to graduate Spring 2012 from BRTC then transfer to Arkansas State University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She wishes to become a Juvenile Probation Officer.
Edington graduated from Biggers-Reyno High School in 1999 and plans to graduate from BRTC in December with her AA in Gen Ed degree. She is applying for BRTC’s Respiratory Care program. Emmett received her GED from Ogeechee Technical College in Georgia and is working on her AA from BRTC. She plans to become a social worker. Hand is a 2001 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and is pursuing her AA in Teaching degree at BRTC, with future plans of becoming a teacher. Hibbard graduated from Hoxie High School in 2004 and is working on her AA in Gen Ed degree from BRTC with future plans of becoming a counselor.
Rutledge graduated from Corning High School and plans to pursue a Psychology degree. She would like to become a Counselor or Psychiatrist. Searcy received her GED in 2001 and her goal is to become a nurse. Shelly graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona in 1998, graduated December 2011 from BRTC’s Practical Nursing program, and plans to complete the RN program at BRTC. Smith is a graduate of St. Paul High School and is pursuing an education in an area of business.
To qualify for the single parent scholarship, according to Financial Aid Officer Natasha Rush, 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, contact Rush at 870-248-4000, ext. 4019.