A total of $2,731 was raised during December’s Mary Sallee Single Parent Scholarship Auction, according to MSSPS Chair Janna Guthrey, organizer of the event. The amount raised each year for MSSPS is matched at 160% by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, which includes contributions from Entergy and United Way.
The annual event is held at the conclusion of the fall semester-end staff potluck and consists of live and silent auctions and a ticket table, with all items donated by BRTC faculty and staff.
LETA faculty served as an auctioneer team in competition with the challenging team of Nursing faculty. Items auctioned by the LETA team raised the most money and earned them the right to challenge a team at next year’s event.
“I sincerely appreciate everyone who contributed to the success of the auction,” said Guthrey. “From donating items, to purchasing items, to setting up and cleaning
up, to selling tickets and collecting money,” she continued, “the words ‘thank you’ do not begin to express the gratitude I feel.”
In addition to staff, members of the BRTC Board of Trustees and the BRTC Foundation Board also participated in the event.
BRTC’s Single Parent Scholarship program, named after long time Pocahontas educator Mary Sallee, provides assistance to eligible single parents living in Randolph County and enrolled in an institution of higher education. Since its inception in 1992, the organization has raised more than $163,000 and 382 scholarships have been awarded. In addition to the annual auction, the MSSPS fund receives support from grants, special events, the BRTC Foundation, and individual BRTC staff members through payroll deductions.
For more information on MSSPS or to make a contribution to the program, contact Guthrey or Vickie French at 870-248-4000.