Mary Sallee Single Parent Scholarships in the amount of $500 each have been awarded to these nine students: Dallas Carlile, Melissa Ann Domiguez, Angela Emmett, Mary Richardson, Stephanie Searcy, Jane Smith, and Bridget Stacey, all of Pocahontas, Valorie Anderson of Imboden, and Keelie Wuelling of Delaplaine. The spring awards of the single parent scholarships make a total of 361 scholarships and $152,648 awarded through MSSPS since its inception in 1992.
Carlile is completing an AAS in Criminal Justice degree at BRTC with plans to attend BRTC’s LETA program in the fall and then pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She is a 1999 graduate of Oak Ridge Central High School and works at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department. Domiguez graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School in 2003 and is currently attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro where she is pursuing a degree in Social Work while working at the Salvation Army. She previously attended ASU Technical Center in Jonesboro, then earned an AA degree from BRTC in 2010.
Emmett earned her GED from Ogachee Tech in Statesboro, GA, and is currently working on her AA degree at BRTC. She would like to work in Social Work with plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the future. Richardson graduated from Couch High School in 2012 and is attending BRTC. She plans to complete her AA degree then transfer to the University of Central Arkansas and work on a pre-med degree. She would eventually like to work in Obstetrics. Searcy is attending BRTC with future plans of earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She earned a GED in 2001 and has worked as a CNA at Americare and Randolph Home.
Smith is a 1977 graduate of St. Paul High School and is currently working on an AA in Business degree at BRTC. She is employed by Pizza Hut. Stacey, a 2003 graduate of Pocahontas High School, plans to graduate from BRTC in the fall with an AA degree then pursue a Criminal Justice degree at ASU. She is a student worker at BRTC and also works at BRAD Headstart. She would like to be a juvenile probation officer. Anderson is currently attending both BRTC and ASU-Newport in pursuit of an RN degree. She is a graduate of Oak Ridge Central High School and works at Sonic. Wuelling earned a GED in 2008 and is currently working on certification in Phlebotomy at BRTC.
Domiquez and Andreson have been designated as Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) scholarship recipients, and Carlile, Emmett, Richardson and Wuelling have been designated as United Way scholarship recipients. Both ADHE and United Way are contributors to MSSPS.
According to Natasha Rush, Financial Aid Officer, to qualify for the MSSPS, 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. The amount of each scholarship is dependent upon the student attending full or part time. For more information, contact Rush at 870-248-4000, ext. 4019.