The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope would like to thank the community for their support of the 22nd Annual U of A Hope Fish Fry. This year’s event was a success with over 1,600 attending, helping to raise over $19,500 for the Hempstead-Lafayette Single Parent Scholarship Fund and the U Can Scholarship. The UACCH Foundation, as the fiscal agent for the Hempstead-Lafayette Single Parent Scholarship Fund will now apply for up to $14,000 in matching funds from the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The College would like to thank the Lions Club for the outstanding job they do each year in preparing their famous fried fish and side dishes.

The year’s event was special in that we had Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Executive Director, Ruthanne Hill in attendance to witness first-hand the community support and involvement in this event. Hope’s very talented local entertainment did an outstanding job performing from the Anthony-Routon Amphitheater. The entertainment included Unity Youth Choir, Joy Trio, Melody Boys, Genesis Drive, and Randy and Misty Banks.

U of A Hope would like to thank our sponsors who are so important to the success of this event. This year our Big Catch sponsors included Tyson, Brazzel Funeral Services, and Georgia Pacific. The Fishin’ Pole Sponsors were Lance and Associates Real Estate and Hope Water & Light. The Fishin’ Net Sponsors were AEP-SWEPCO, Coco-Cola Bottling Company, Joan McLean Family Nurse Practitioner, and Super 1 Foods.

Other Community supporters include Tyson Funds for donating the chicken, Brazzel and Herndon-Pharr Funeral home for donating the use of their tents, and Super 1 Foods.

This scholarship allows single parents in Hempstead and Lafayette Counties to apply for these funds and attend any Arkansas College or University. The U of A Hope-Texarkana Fish Fry serves as the primary fundraising activity for these funds. Again, thank you for supporting the U of A Hope-Texarkana Annual Fish Fry.