Greenwood School District Announces Scholarship Recipients

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The Greenwood Resident wanted to collectively recognize those seniors who have been awarded scholarships. If we have inadvertently left off any student, please contact us and we will make the addition.

Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship
This is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring either 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average. The scholarship is $10,000 a year to any school in Arkansas.
Recipients: Taylor Aishman, Madison Blevins, Rylynd Bullington, Mackenzie Carney, Savannah Faux, Colton Gattis, Danielle Goodwin, Landon Henning, William Hutchinson, Rebecca Morrison, Natalie Mulvihill, Sherjeel Naeem, Case Owenby, Joshua Owens, Elizabeth Pope, Jackson Stewart, Ryan Stracener, Braedon Ulrich, Mollie Wisner, and Abigail Woodring.

McConnell Memorial Scholarship
The Arl McConnell Memorial Scholarship is a $1200 yearly scholarship presented to a senior entering the field of education. McConnell was born in 1909 in the Oak Grove Community, which is now part of the Fort Chaffee Reservation. He was a graduate of Greenwood High School, Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas. He retired as principal of Greenwood High School in 1974, serving 21 years. Prior to that time, he was a coach and teacher at Ashdown, Booneville and Charleston. He also taught at Westark Community College. The scholarship was established by his family and friends.
Recipient: Marybeth Efurd, daughter of Debbie and Paul Efurd.

Marybeth Efurd

Mathews Memorial Scholarship
The Mathews Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the kind, hard-working couple of the community of Jenny Lind who ran the Mathews Service Station and Grocery Store on Highway 71 from the 1930s through the 1970s. Over the years, Alice and Marion Mathews quietly, and without any expectation of recompense, helped many of those in financial need. The hope is that recipients of this scholarship will pay it forward and continue this type of altruism through service in their chosen career. The $1000.00 scholarship has been established with the Greenwood Education Foundation.
Recipient: Taylor Koeth, daughter of Cindy and Frank Koeth. She will be attending Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and majoring in Secondary English Education. While at GHS Koeth was a four-year varsity cross country and track athlete and helped the GHS Lady Bulldogs win Greenwood’s first ever Cross Country State Championship. While running for Greenwood, she was named the 2017 and 2018 River Valley Max Preps Cross Country Runner of the Year. Koeth will be continuing her cross country and track career at Ouachita Baptist University. At GHS she was involved in Beta Club in which she served as program director, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America in which she served as secretary, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Partners Club and Yearbook. She is a member of First Baptist Church and an active member of Greenwood First Students.

Taylor Koeth

Raymond E. Wells Scholarship
Raymond E. Wells was born in Turner, Maine in 1924. He received his elementary education in one-room schools in Fairbanks and Poland Corner and graduated from the Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine in 1943. During his senior year he was drafted for World War II but received a deferment until the end of the school year. During this period he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He was trained in aircraft armament, became an armored-gunner on a B-24, and flew 15 missions over Germany. Upon his discharge from the service he enrolled at Arkansas Tech in Russellville for two years and then transferred to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1950 and Master of Education degree in 1961. He began his career in the education field at Farmington, Arkansas and was later employed by the Lavaca School District as a teacher, principal and seven years as superintendent. He went to Greenwood as the first junior high principal and held this position for 22 years. He was married to Helen May Rice and they are the parents of three sons, Stanley, Kendal and Mitchell.
Recipient: Sherjeel Naeem, son of Naeem Sabir and Shahida Shafqat. He will attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and majoring in Anthropology. While attending GHS, Naeem was Vice-President of Beta Club, Vice-President and was one of the founders of the Greenwood Science Society, part of Odyssey of the Mind, Mu Alpha Theta, Quiz Bowl, National Junior Honor Society, Spanish Club and the soccer team. He has volunteered in the summer Caring Teen program at Baptist Health for two years where he worked in the IR and Gastroenterology Departments. He is currently in an internship at the Arkansas School of Osteopathic Medicine. After college he plans to go to medical school.

Sherjeel Naeem

Ruth Gant Scholarship
Ruth P. Gant was a business teacher at Westark Community College in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After her husband passed away, she raised her two children and put herself through college. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Greenwood and a charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She had a love and passion for children often providing clothes for interviews and other necessities students might need to be successful. She founded a scholarship for students to attend Westark College (now University of Arkansas/Fort Smith) majoring in Business and upon her death the Greenwood Education Foundation has continued to provide this $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a Greenwood High School senior and selection is based on scholastic achievement, leadership, school activities, citizenship, moral character, and educational goals.
Recipient: Ramsey Pate, daughter of Holly Pate. Pate plans to pursue a double major in Business Administration and Marketing, and Minor in Media Communications. Throughout high school, she was a member of the Future Business Leader of America, Mu Alpha Theta, National Junior Honor Society, Prom Committee, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Pate currently is a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Seminar and serves as an officer in both the GHS Beta Club and Student Council. She has been on the yearbook staff for four years and served as Editor both her Junior and Senior years. Pate is a graduate of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Leadership Academy Class of 2019. She has volunteered for the Sebastian County Library, Baptist Health, Greenwood United Methodist Church and many local activities through school organizations. Pate is also a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church praise band.

Ramsey Pate

Greenwood Education Foundation Scholarship from the Kiwanis Club
The $500 scholarship was established through funds raised from the Ricky Skaggs concert and is being awarded to qualifying students entering a field of fine arts, science, technology, engineering or math. The students must have a strong involvement with school and community service to qualify for the scholarship.
Recipients: Camryn Presley and James Turnquist. Turnquist is the son of Helen and Eric Turnquist and plans to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and major in Data Science. He is a member of the GHS Beta Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the AFJrROTC program and the debate team.
Presley is the daughter of Beth and Darryl Presley and will be attending Hendrix College in Conway. At Greenwood High School she served as Senior Class President, Captain of the Lady Bulldog Volleyball Team, Student Council Representative, a member of Beta Club, Science Society, Prom Committee, and Musical Theatre. She is a 2019 graduate of the Junior Leadership Academy sponsored by the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce. Camryn is graduating GHS with 200+ volunteer hours, a 4.0 GPA and a 30 on the ACT.

Barb and H.B. Stewart Scholarship
The scholarship has been created by Hunter Norris in honor of the Stewarts for their dedication to service and their ability to improve the lives around them. H.B. is remembered by the H.B. Stewart Bulldog Arena, tales of his generosity and mischievous ways, and thoughts of the way he was always looking for an opportunity to help and spread joy. Barb remains a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church, continues her support at Greenwood basketball games, and is spending her life devoting her time to various community organizations. Norris had a first hand experience of the personal passion and generosity of the Stewarts and wanted to pay it forward with the scholarship. He hopes each year’s recipient will continue the pay it forward characteristic.
Recipient: Hunter Hesslen, son of Christy and Kevin Hesslen. Hunter plans to attend Pepperdine University and major in International Marketing and Communications. While attending GHS he served as Student Council President and was a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta and a captain of the Bulldog Basketball Team. He is also an active member of the West Ark Church of Christ.

Hunter Hesslen

Basketball Booster Club Scholar Athlete Scholarships
Booster Club Scholar Athlete Scholarships are for $500. Both recipients were Bulldog basketball players from seventh grade through their senior year and earned honor roll status with their grades.
Recipients: Harley Terry and Hunter Hesslen. Terry is the daughter of Amanda and Tim Terry, and Hesslen is the son of Christi and Kevin Hesslen.

Bob and Joanne Butler Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship has been established by Dr. Monte Butler, GHS Class of 1985, in honor of his parents and is awarded each year to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in the medical field thru the Greenwood Education Foundation.
Recipient: Taylor Aishman, son of Kristin Aishman and J. D. Aishman. Aishman plans to attend Hendrix College in Conway and major in Biochemistry and Chemical Physics. While attending GHS, he served as a Beta Club President, Student Council Vice-President, a member of the National Honor Society, GHS Trap Team (7 years), the GHS Choirs (6 years) and Quiz Bowl (6 years). He served as Quiz Bowl Captain during his Freshman and Senior years. Aishman is also the sound engineer for the Greenwood United Methodist Church.

Taylor Aishman

Emma McConnell Beach Scholarship
The $500 scholarship is provided each year to a GHS graduating senior who plans to enter the field of elementary education. The Scholarship was established in memory of Emma McConnell Beach, a former second grade teacher at Greenwood and is provided through the Greenwood Education Foundation.
Recipient: Madison Williams, daughter of James and Kristan Williams. Williams will attend the University of Arkansas Fort Smith this fall and will major in education. While attending GHS, she was a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society and attended Community Bible Church in Greenwood.

Madison Williams

Harley and Elsie Sublett Scholarship
The $1000 scholarship is awarded each year to the graduating senior entering the field of education with the highest grade point average. GHS graduate Roger Sublett established the scholarship with the Greenwood Education Foundation in memory of his parents who were educators.
Recipient: Savannah Faux, daughter of Gina and Dwight Faux. Faux plans to attend Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and major in Music Education. While attending GHS, she played clarinet in band all four years and was clarinet section leader for her junior and senior years. She made the All-State band all three years of eligibility. Faux was a member of Beta Club, Spanish Club and National Honor Society. She is a member of First Baptist Church. Commenting on her years at Greenwood Faux said, “the community and teachers in Greenwood have supported me so much throughout my high school career and I can’t wait to give back and do the same for my future students as a band director.”

Savannah Faux

C B Smith Science Scholarship
The $500 scholarship was established in honor of Smith who served as superintendent of the Greenwood School District for 21 years and taught chemistry and biology during his service to the Greenwood Schools. The scholarship goes to graduating senior who has the highest grades in Honors science classes taken in grades 9-12.
Recipient: Sherjeel Naeem, son of Naeem Sabir and Shahida Shafqat. He will attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and majoring in Anthropology. While attending GHS, Naeem was Vice-President of Beta Club, Vice-President and was one of the founders of the Greenwood Science Society, part of Odyssey of the Mind, Mu Alpha Theta, Quiz Bowl, National Junior Honor Society, Spanish Club and the soccer team. He has volunteered in the summer Caring Teen program at Baptist Health for two years where he worked in the IR and Gastroenterology Departments. He is currently in an internship at the Arkansas School of Osteopathic Medicine. After college Naeem plans to go to medical school.

Sherjeel Naeem

Shelter Insurance ® Foundation and Phil Hicks
The Shelter Insurance® Foundation recently awarded a $2000 scholarship. Shelter Agent Phil Hicks sponsored and partially funded this scholarship. Beginning the fall after the recipient’s high school graduation, students can direct the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees or campus housing for any course of study leading to an academic degree at any accredited college or university. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders selected the local recipient. The committee considered each applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities. The scholarship is given without regard to race, disability, religion, national origin or gender of applicants. The scholarship is paid directly to the school the recipient selects.
Recipient: Harley Terry.

Harley Terry

Bolin Stewart Memorial Scholarship
The Bolin Stewart Memorial Scholarship is an $1,000 award.
Recipient: Treyton Dawson, son of Pam Davis and Will Dawson. Dawson will be attending Henderson State University in Arkadelphia this fall and has received a scholarship to play football for the Reddies. While attending GHS he was part of the Bulldog Football Team. Dawson stated, “I am forever thankful to have been a part of the Bulldogs and GHS itself. Greenwood is such a healthy environment to raise a kid. I know I will always miss being out on the field on a Friday night with my brothers going into war. There’s nothing like Friday nights in Greenwood during football season. This place is truly something I will never forget.”

Treyton Dawson

Kenneth Edwards Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship was established in memory of the late Kenneth Edwards Sr. (GHS Class of 1942). The scholarship is endowed by Edwards’ sister, Sara Armistead, and provides a $2500 scholarship for one year at the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.
Recipient: Kylie Morrison, daughter of Stephanie and Mark Morrison. Morrison plans to major in Business Administration-Marketing at UAFS. While attending GHS, she was a member of the GHS Beta Club (officer), the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. Morrison was involved in many banquets, assemblies and different areas of volunteer work. She will be graduating with honors and she will be the first person in her family to attend college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Morrison stated: “My dream is to create my own company around interior design, and be my own CEO. I am glad to say I was a part of Greenwood Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and I can’t wait to see Greenwood develop just as I do.”

Kylie Morrison

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