Tribute Tree lights fund scholarships

The Conway Regional Tribute Tree provides the community with an opportunity to support healthcare students.

Tribute Tree funds will be directed toward scholarships for area students who are pursuing higher education in a healthcare related field. Since 1996, the Tribute Tree has raised more than $202,000 for scholarships.

The Tribute Tree offers a variety of levels of giving, but much of its funding comes from endowed lights that are lit annually.

This year, so far, endowed lights have been purchased for the tree honoring Paul McChristian, MD, and the employees of Kimberly Clark Corporation.

Endowed light donors were honored during a Tribute Tree Endowment Coffee on Dec. 13. A presentation was made to this year’s recipients and Meghan Mallett, a nurse in Labor and Delivery at Conway Regional and a past scholarship recipient, discussed the importance of the Tribute Tree funded scholarships.

Individuals can honor or memorialize loved ones or groups of people by purchasing a red or white light, ornament or angel for the tree. Purchases can be made by downloading a form at or by calling the Conway Regional Health Foundation at 501.513.5778.

An acknowledgement card will be sent to the group or person(s) to be honored with this special gift. Names of honorees will be posted on the website as well as in the lobbies of the medical center. The tree is located in the courtyard of the Conway Regional Surgery Center.

This year’s proceeds will help fund scholarships for students pursuing a career in health care. Each spring the Conway Regional Health Foundation awards scholarships to students majoring in pre-medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and other health-care related fields.