Community foundation names students given scholarships

The Arkansas Community Foundation in Faulkner County announced names of area students who will receive a total of $25,300 in awards from its endowed scholarship funds in 2018.

This year’s Toad Suck Daze Scholarship recipients are: Carissa Ansel, Conway, who plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas; Samantha Biltgen, Vilonia, who plans to attend Hendrix College; Hal Landon Castle, Vilonia, who attends UCA; Jace Farrior, Conway, who plans to attend Central Baptist College; Brooke Glover, Conway, who plans to attend UCA; Cassandra Holloway, Conway, who plans to attend UCA; and Callie Mars, Conway, who will continue at UCA. Students were chosen by a committee selected by the Community Foundation and comprised of retired educators. The scholarships are awarded annually based on academic achievement and community service.

Melanie Abbot of Cabot High School was selected to receive the statewide Anne Pressly Scholarship. Abbot will attend Drury University in Springfield, Mo., to study communications with an emphasis in strategic journalism.

Abigail Morris of Conway High School received the Jon Robbins Scholarship. She plans to attend Ouachita Baptist University where she will major in kinesiology/exercise science.

Kenneth Luck of Vilonia High School and Alexis Burnham received the Phillip Weaver Scholarships.

Mackenzie Mills of Vilonia High School received the Charles and Linda Weaver Scholarship.

“Funding for these scholarships comes from families, businesses and individuals who want to support higher education and invest in Arkansas students,” said Gloria Cheshier, executive director of Arkansas Community Foundation in Faulkner County. “Our donors determine the size and eligibility criteria for the scholarships they create, and we manage the scholarship process on their behalf. Because the scholarships are endowed, the funding is available every year.”

Arkansas Community Foundation manages more than 100 private scholarship funds throughout the state. The Community Foundation helps connect students seeking financial assistance with donors who want to help. Graduating seniors may apply online Feb. 1 through March 15 at