Carroll County students receive Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship

Friday, April 26, 2019
Eureka Springs seniors Isaiah McCurry (left) and Summer Fish were among several Carroll County students to receive the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship this year. Green Forest senior Trinity McMahan and Berryville seniors Alex Maldonado, Dakota Hall-Alvard and Amber Veach also received the scholarship.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

By Kelby Newcomb

Several Carroll County seniors have been honored with the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship this year.

Green Forest senior Trinity McMahan, Berryville seniors Amber Veach, Dakota Hall-Alvard and Alex Maldonado and Eureka Springs seniors Summer Fish and Isaiah McCurry all received the scholarship.

According to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE), the scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for graduating seniors. To be eligible, seniors must score a 32 or above on the ACT and have a 3.50 academic grade point average. The scholarship pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year.

“I think they take into consideration extracurriculars as well,” said Fish.

McCurry said they had to fill out a big application for the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

“If you qualify for the governor’s distinguished, there are a few more things you have to fill out,” he said.

McCurry said he was excited to hear he received the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship.

“I was ecstatic,” he said. “Money for college is a big deal in my house. I was thrilled to find out that I received it.”

“This scholarship allowed me to afford to go to Hendrix College,” Fish said.

In addition to $10,000 each year for college, McCurry said the scholarship is renewable for three more years for students who attend graduate school.

McCurry said he will attend the University of Arkansas and plans to study biology with a pre-med focus. He said he also received the Arkansas Leadership Scholarship from the university and the Walmart Endowed Scholarship, totaling about $14,500 per year with the three scholarships combined.

Fish said she will attend Hendrix College and plans to pursue a double major in chemistry and psychology. She said she also received the Hendrix Merit Scholarship and the Hendrix Theatre and Dance Scholarship. She said she will be totaling about $240,000 in scholarships to use during her four years in college.

McMahan, who was also selected as a National Merit Finalist, said she plans to attend John Brown University (JBU) in Siloam Springs and received both a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit foundation and a JBU scholarship for National Merit finalists.

“I’ve always wanted to go to JBU, so that worked out,” McMahan said.

She said she is applying to JBU’s honors program.

Veach and Maldonado received Honors College Fellowship for the University of Arkansas, qualifying for an $18,000 a year scholarship.

“It’s paired with the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, which we both also got,” said Veach, “so it’s $18,000 a year plus $10,000 a year.”

Veach said she plans to study biomedical engineering and attend graduate school after college. Maldonado said he plans to have a pre-med focus and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with a major in biology.

The students said they are excited to start college and begin the next chapter in their lives.

“I would say the freedom is the biggest thing for me,” McCurry said. “I will have objectives and have things set in front of me that I have to do, and I like that. But I can do it my way now.”

“I’m going to be allowed to get a job, so that’s going to be fun,” Fish said. “I’m really looking forward to making new friends and the added freedom.”

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