Four area students were selected as the 2016 recipients of the Jim and Jean Stanford Christian Health Center Scholarship

Four area students were selected as the 2016 recipients of the Jim and Jean Stanford Christian Health Center Scholarship from the Cleburne County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Mary Mitchell Lawrence, Stephanie Marie Thompson, Crystal Dawn Garcia, and Hailey Morgan Crowder, all of Heber Springs were chosen to receive $1000 scholarships. The Stanford scholarships are awarded annually to students who are studying in healthcare-related fields from Cleburne County.

Hailey Crowder will be beginning a nursing program this fall at ASU Jonesboro, while Crystal Garcia, and Mary Lawrence will be continuing study in nursing programs at ASU Heber Springs, and the University of Arkansas respectively. Stephanie Thompson is currently enrolled in the Masters program at UAMS, studying to be a Family Nurse Practitioner.

“This scholarship, funded by the generosity of Jim and Jean Stanford, was established to continue the impact of the Christian Health Center in Cleburne County, by encouraging study in health-related fields,” said Kathy Phillips, Community Foundation Executive Director. “The selection committee had a difficult task to choose from many worthwhile candidates, but the applicants selected not only demonstrate excellence in their personal and academic pursuits, but will represent our community well in their profession once they complete their studies. We are glad to be able to help them on their journey.”