40 Arkansas Students Heading to United Methodist Colleges As 2016 Dollars for Scholars Recipients

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (August 8, 2016) – The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation recently named 40 Arkansas students as recipients of the Dollars for Scholars scholarship. For each recipient, the students’ local churches give $1,000, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matches that contribution. Then the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas gives $1,000, and the student’s selected college contributes $1,000 for a significant $4,000 award.

“We are proud to announce that a total of $40,000 in grants will be presented from UMFA to Arkansas students attending United Methodist colleges and universities during the 2016-2017 school year.” said Jim Argue, Jr., president of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.

Attending Centenary College is Alexander M. Shannon of Pulaski Heights UMC, Little Rock; and attending Dillard University is Kayla M. Vann of Wesley Chapel UMC, Little Rock.

Hendrix College students receiving the scholarships include Ethny M. Ashcraft of Lakeside UMC, Pine Bluff; Aubrey N. Brink of Sequoyah UMC, Fayetteville; Samuel E. Byrd of First UMC, Malvern; Christopher A. Carver of First UMC, Blytheville; Christina G. Choh of Hope Korean UMC, Little Rock; Samuel M. Coker of First UMC, Conway; Andrew D. Fleming of Grand Avenue UMC, Hot Springs; Ava Z. Graves of First UMC, Bryant; Liam R. Hankins-Hull of First UMC, Little Rock; Caitlyn B. Hendrickson of First UMC, Little Rock; Chad E. Hornsby of First UMC, Brinkley; Harper L. Purifoy of First UMC, Malvern; Daniel K. Reece of First UMC, West Memphis; Faith Reynolds of Grace UMC, Hensley; Michala J. Roberts of First UMC, Conway; Victoria L. Spradley of Pulaski Heights UMC, Little Rock; Douglas A. Tiler of Central UMC, Fayetteville; Delaney G. Wells of First UMC, Charleston; and Margaret A. Young of Lakeside UMC, Pine Bluff.

Scholarship recipients studying at Oklahoma City University are Anna G. Estes of St. Paul UMC, Little Rock; Addison G. Griffin of Highland Valley UMC, Little Rock; and Emily L. Wollenberg of First UMC, Clarksville.

Philander Smith College scholarship recipients include Christopher D. Beasley, Jalan J. D. Caffey, Lorenzo C. Collins, Aaron Davis, Nicole L. Fulton, Anthony S. Harris, Kyra T. Jones, Titus N. Manning, Deviontae T. Martin, Benjamin C. Mason, Christopher C. Rowland, and Jalon S. Warren, all of Wesley Chapel UMC, Little Rock.

Seminary students Andrea’ L. Cummings of Wesley Chapel UMC, Little Rock will attend Candler School of Theology; Taylor W. Loy of Central UMC, Fayetteville will attend Duke Divinity School; Laura J. Prange of First UMC, Dewitt will attend Iliff School of Theology; and Dominique A. Rutledge of Wesley Chapel UMC, Little Rock will attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams by providing scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending 122 United Methodist-related institutions.  UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that have combined assets in excess of $140 million.

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