Four area students were selected as the 2017 recipients of the Jim and Jean Stanford Christian Health Center Scholarship from the Cleburne County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Hannah Elizabeth Thomas, Blake Eddington, and Bailey Thomas Pearce, all of Heber Springs, and Jacklyn Renea Massey of Rosebud, were chosen to receive $1000 scholarships. The Stanford scholarships are awarded annually to students who are studying in healthcare-related fields from Cleburne County.

Hannah Thomas will be studying nursing, while Blake Eddington will begin a pre-med program and Bailey Pearce will be studying occupational therapy this fall at the University of Central AR in Conway. Jacklyn Massey will be studying at ASU Heber Springs in Health Sciences, with plans to finish her education at ASU Jonesboro where she will study Sonography.

“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 professions once they complete their studies. We are glad to be able to help them on their journey.”