Four students receive single parent scholarships

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    DERWOOD BRETT
    Four students received scholarships from Montgomery County Single Parent Scholarship (MCSPSF)  for the fall semester following last week’s  board meeting.
    Christina Aguilar and Kathy Cruz Sierra will be returning as scholarship recipients while Helen Bridges and Betty Summit will be first time recipients.
    Aguilar garnered the Entergy scholarship while Sierra, Bridges and Summit were awarded Arkansas Community Foundation scholarships.
    The local single parent scholarship fund awards up to 10 renewable scholarships each semester, according to Larry Carr, board president. Each recipient is eligible for scholarship renewal if a valid application is made and the student maintains a 2.5 GPA.
    Since only four students submitted applications this semester, the board agreed to accept late scholarship applications.
    MCSPSF has a long history of aiding local students, as well as a record of students successfully completing college with either an Associate’s (two-year) or Bachelor’s (four-year) degree.
    This past year two students graduated, according to Joanne McGibboney, who serves as secretary to the board. Three students who were on scholarship last semester have failed to reapply this semester. Contact will be made with those students to see if they are returning to school this semester.
    There is no restriction which college or university a student attends. Checks are made out to the college on the applicant’s record. When all school fees are paid, the funds are released to the student for use in whatever manner most needed.
    According to Carr, the unrestricted scholarship is often used for child care, auto, home or appliance repair or even to pay rent or buy food. He added that often the student has adequate scholarship or grant funding to attend school, but does not have enough money to provide food or gas money to get to class. By having unrestricted scholarship funding, MCSPSF hopes to make school attendance easier.
    Scholarship funding comes from donations and fundraisers at the local level. The 2015 fundraiser has be set for Nov. 6 in the community room of First Baptist Church, Mount Ida. The menu will be pulled pork, rolls, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.
    Desserts will be furnished by members of the Extension Homemakers Club, who will also collect tickets and funds at the front door.

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