23rd Annual Two-Year Colleges Conference

Academic All-Star Scholarships Announced Today

HOPE,AR- Winners of the Academic All-Star Scholarships were announced Wednesday in Hot Springs at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC).

Mr. Shane Broadway, Interim Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, presented the keynote address at a brunch honoring the 22 student scholarship winners.  The students were awarded two scholarships: one worth $500 to complete their associate degree, and a second full-tuition scholarship to any of the 11 Arkansas public four-year universities to complete their bachelor’s degree. For the first time, Philander Smith College and Lyon College have offered scholarships as well. The combined cumulative total for both scholarships is estimated to be more than $500,000.

“These scholarships will enable our best and brightest students to reach for their dreams at any of Arkansas’ 11 public four-year universities, and now two private universities,” said Dr. Ed Franklin, AATYC Executive Director. “Many of these students are studying hard to maintain excellent grades while also working and handling family responsibilities, which makes their accomplishments even more impressive. These students deserve our recognition, and these scholarships are a fine way to help them achieve their goals.”

Each of the 22 public two-year colleges names one student as an “Academic All-Star.” These students maintain a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.25 out of a possible 4.0 and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree.

Rosemary Paredes was selected as the “Academic All-Star” at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. Paredes is very active on campus with the Student Government Association and the TRiO Student Success program.  She plans to complete her bachelor’s degree and then pursue a law degree.  The College is very proud to recognize this outstanding student as its 2011 Academic All-Star.   Help us congratulate Rosemary Paredes on a job well done.   

For more information about UACCH, visit the college website at www.uacch.edu.