Searcy High School Scholarship Recipients Announced
Searcy High School Scholarship Recipients Announced
Betsy Bailey
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Congratulations to the Searcy High School seniors who are being awarded with local scholarships. Descriptions of scholarships are below, and the scholarship recipients are featured in the slideshow.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman Book Awards - In 1998 at the Third Annual Scholars Banquet, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, noted physician, television commentator, author and lecturer, was the guest speaker. After her speech that evening and after she observed the awards ceremony, she returned the honorarium that she was receiving for speaking back to the Scholars Committee. She instructed that the money should be a startup for the Dr. Nancy Snyderman Book Award. Over the years the fund grew from private donations, and the books are purchased with the interest accrued. She further instructed that each year the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Searcy High school graduating class should have the choice of any book that he or she would like to add to a personal library.

Scholars Ceremony Scholarships - As a part of the Annual Scholars Ceremony recognition of the valedictorian and salutatorian, it was decided to award scholarship money from the school district to these top scholars.

Frederick Van Patten Chapter NSDAR Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship

White County Farm Bureau

White County Master Gardeners’ Scholarship

Rotary Club-Baron Gray Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is given annually in memory of Baron Gray, former president of the Rotary Club, to a deserving graduate from Searcy High School.

Kathryn and Irvin B. Van Patten Scholarship - This scholarship is given in loving memory of Kathryn Van Patten who shared her deep love of music and education through many years of service to the Searcy School System and our community. Awarded upon consideration of academic potential, college/career goals, character and school/community leadership, the scholarship will be paid to the recipient's college of choice.

Jesse Dylan James Scholarships- Jesse Dylan James Foundation offers two awards based on academic achievement, involvement in school and community service activities, financial need, and recipients who display humble honesty, genuine care for others, the love of music, and a desire to succeed.  These individuals each model a positive attitude and will help others focus on the bright side of life.  The Jesse Dylan James Scholarship awards $2,500 and Honorable Achievement awards $500 to each recipient's school at the time of enrollment.

Southwest Middle School Patty Graul Memorial Scholarship – To honor the memory of Patty Graul, former teacher at SWMS, members of the SWMS Student Government host a talent show to fund this scholarship. Graduating seniors who attended SWMS may apply by written letter explaining why they would like to win the scholarship. The names are concealed and the members of the student government select the recipient from the letters submitted.

Junior Auxiliary of Searcy Mary Beth Chapman-Marilyn Clubb Scholarship & Dottie Corder Memorial Scholarship - Searcy Junior Auxiliary presents scholarships each year to two graduating seniors to honor the memory of Mary Beth Chapman, Marilyn Clubb & Dottie Corder. The scholarship selection committee bases their selection on the following criteria: student character, citizenship, academic achievement, financial need, and personal Interview.

Wanda Wilson Memorial Scholarship - Wanda Wilson loved the Searcy Public School system and everything it stood for. As a child growing up in the depression, the ability to achieve a quality education was a privilege not taken for granted. Later in life she felt the desire to give back to her community and her beloved school any way she could. She felt that same privilege being involved in school activities, as she did early in life by having the opportunity to a quality education. The Wanda Wilson family is proud to honor her memory with this scholarship.

Kiwanis Club Knox Summitt Memorial Scholarship - Sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, this scholarship is in memory of Dr. William Knox Summitt. He was a past president of Kiwanis Club and gave many years of service to our community in various capacities. He was attending a meeting of the Quapaw Boy Scout Council in New Orleans when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in October of 1965.

Searcy Educational Association - The SEA Scholarship was established to help children or grandchildren of SEA member teachers who plan to attend a post-secondary institution to pursue a degree or credited program. The scholarship is funded from membership fees collected throughout the year. Recipient must be a son/daughter of a current SEA member, preparing for an accredited post-secondary college, university, or technical institute and must have a 2.0 or better GPA.

Cargile Shelter Insurance Scholarship - The Shelter Insurance Foundation annually awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in communities where there is a Shelter Insurance Agent who participates in the program. This is a one-time scholarship.

Oran J. Vaughan Scholarship - This scholarship is given in memory of Oran J. Vaughan who for many years was a farmer, businessman, and civic leader in Searcy. He was actively involved in a variety of efforts to promote community development. Recognizing that we have much to learn from our history, he started the White County Pioneer Museum to provide an educational resource for future generations.

The Todd Carpenter Perseverance Scholarship: This scholarship is given in loving memory of Coach Todd Carpenter by his wife Cindy Carpenter and his daughter Lindley Moore. It celebrates the life, work, and “never quit” attitude of Coach Carpenter whose 28 year career in education included his contributions as a football, basketball, golf, tennis, and track coach, math teacher, and athletic and transportation director. The scholarship will be presented to an athlete who has displayed the same characteristics of hard work and determination.

Bowden Photography Scholarship – This scholarship is presented to a graduating senior from the 2020 Lion yearbook staff. The eligible students are evaluated based on work quality, dedication, attitude, and grade average in the senior journalism class.

Bobbie Coleman Memorial Future Educator Scholarship - This scholarship is in memory of former Searcy High School English teacher Bobbie Coleman. Bobbie Coleman was an inspiring and outstanding teacher who encouraged her students to be life-long learners and live life to the fullest. She was the Future Teachers of America club sponsor, and this scholarship is intended to honor her life as an educator. The recipient of this scholarship must be an active FTA member who has declared a major in the field of education.

White County Chapter-Arkansas School Nutrition Association – The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The White County Chapter of SNA works to advance good nutrition for students in White County by promoting continuing education for its members. They also participate in community service projects and provide at least one college scholarship annually to help advance the education of a White County high school senior.

Unity Health Foundation - The Foundation annually awards a scholarship to a graduating senior who will be entering a healthcare related field of study including computer applications, accounting or other business majors based on the needs of the hospital. 

Colonel Bo Baker Award (Outstanding Senior Athlete) - The Bo Baker Award is presented to the best all-around senior athlete who participates in two or more sports. It is given in honor of Colonel A. J. Baker. Colonel Baker was a graduate of Searcy High School and a member of the Arkansas Razorback Football team. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and was one of the original Green Berets. He was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Mytton Scholarship - In 1993 Mrs. James Mytton, a graduate of Searcy Public Schools, donated $10,000 to establish a music scholarship in memory of Clarice Grammer, her aunt and public school music teacher, and Mrs. R.A. Ward, her piano teacher. Each year an outstanding music student of the graduating class would be the recipient of a scholarship in the amount of the earned interest on the established fund. The student selection is made each year by the Searcy High School choral, band and orchestra directors.

Deputy Lynn Smith 553 Memorial Scholarship