February 8, 2017 Edition

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Lawrence County Success
Scholarship launched at WBC

A new scholarship fund at Williams Baptist College will benefit graduates of all four high schools in Lawrence County. The Lawrence County Success Scholarship, which is funded by local donors, will be awarded yearly to four high school graduates, one each from Hillcrest, Hoxie, Sloan-Hendrix and Walnut Ridge schools.

The scholarship is the brainchild of WBC Board Chair J.R. Cox of Walnut Ridge.

"Students from across the country and around the world come to Lawrence County to get a Williams Baptist College education," Cox said. "It is an outstanding college, and we want to make it possible for more of our local students to get such a fine education."

The scholarship is renewable, meaning recipients who meet required academic standards will receive it for four years, according to Brett Cooper, WBC’s vice president for institutional advancement.

"At the current level of donations and commitments we have received, we plan to award each recipient $1,000 per year. That means the scholarship is worth $4,000 per student over the course of four years at Williams," Cooper said. "This scholarship also can be applied on top of other scholarships these students may receive to cover college expenses."

The scholarship will be available starting with the 2017 fall semester. WBC’s Office of Financial Aid will determine recipients, and the criteria will be both academic ability and financial need.

"We believe there are some fine students across Lawrence County who are highly capable of college, but they may not receive the level of scholarships or have the family resources they need to attend," Cox said. "We especially want to help those students with the Lawrence County Success Scholarship."

Those who have made gifts or commitments to support the Lawrence County Success Scholarship at Williams include: Bryan Funeral Home, Donald and Fran Cavenaugh, Clark General Contractors, Brett Cooper, J.R. and Jackie Cox, First National Bank of Lawrence County, Brad and Angela Flippo, Rickey and Virginia Goff, Iberia Bank, Dana and Kelly Kelley, Leroy and Elizabeth Lacy, Thomas and Hazel Marbry, Merle and Vickie Mitchell, Regions Bank, Tom and Mary Evelyn Sloan, John and Rita Thomison and Warren and Melinda Williams.

"We are still seeking supporters for this very worthy scholarship," Cooper said. "It is our goal to build this scholarship fund further so that we can do even more for our Lawrence County students, and we will need more supporters to make that happen."

Those interested in supporting the Lawrence County Success Scholarship at WBC can contact Brett Cooper at 870-759-4107 or bcooper@wbcoll.edu.

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