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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Cabot foundation chooses recipients for scholarships

LEader staff writer

IN SHORT: The Cabot Scholarship Foundation has announced the names of 30 Cabot seniors who will be recognized during the annual Roast and Toast on Tuesday, April 18.

The Cabot Scholarship Foundation has announced the names of 30 Cabot seniors who will be recognized during the 11th annual Scholarship Roast and Toast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at Cabot Junior High North’s cafeteria.

The Roast and Toast is the foundation’s only fundraiser. Last year, more than $7,500 was raised. Donations to the foundation range from $5 to $25,000. An endowed scholarship provides funds from interest earned and many employers will meet employee donations. Donations to the fund are often in memory or in honor of friend or loved one and help send deserving students on to college. The amount of the scholarships and the 2006 recipients are:


Brady Hooper Memorial Scholarship, funded by an anonymous donor, is awarded to an outstanding Reserve Officer Training Corps student who has been exemplary in military leadership as well as participating school and community affairs. This year’s recipient is Melissa Anne Bishop.

Paula B. Green Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award in memory of Green, a teacher in the Cabot school system for 17 years. Donations are by Green’s friends and family. This year’s recipient is Brittany Monica Allison.

There are two scholarships in memory of Carolyn Mann. She served as a Cabot High School counselor from July 1962 until August 1974. Funding for the scholarships provided by the Mann family. A generous bequest from the estate of Bill Mann, Carolyn’s brother who died in 1997, made it possible add a second scholarship and increase the value of each to $1,500. This year’s recipients are Sarah Nicole Roberts and Christopher Benjamin Cockrell.

Luther and Frances Rea Memorial Scholarship is funded by gifts from the Rea’s family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to a student who reflects the attributes of a good citizen as exemplified by the Reas. This year’s recipient is Cody Glenn Jackson.


A Cabot Junior High South National Junior Honor Society Scholarship is being presented in memory of Dakota Hawkins who died in February after battling leukemia for two years. The recipient of the scholarship is Jonathan Christopher Hill.

The first ever Nell and Thompson Barnwell Scholarship is given to the recipient each semester for up to eight consecutive semesters with evidence of successful progress toward a degree. The donor specified that all factors being equal, the scholarship would be awarded on the basis of need, preferably to a student who is a first generation college student. Prior to the creation of the Cabot Scholarship Foundation Nell Barnwell was deeply involved in the administration of the Carolyn Mann scholarship, Cabot’s first endowed scholarship. The recipient is Judy Jolene Pitt.

Bob Brown funds the Jeraldine Brown Scholarship in honor of his wife’s retirement from 31 years of teaching and continued interest in the Cabot School District. The scholarship is awarded to a senior pursuing a career in education. This year’s recipient is Trisha Lamella Flood.

Cabot Centennial Scholarship was established in 1992 as a one-year scholarship awarded to a student with positive character traits and exemplary behavior. Funds for this scholarship are provided through the roast and toast as well as by private donations. This year’s recipient is Michael Andrew Roller.

Cabot Home Builders Association funds the Cabot Home Builders Association Scholarship, a one-year scholarship awarded to a student with proven ability to succeed in college. This year’s recipient is Daniel Sanford Gates.

The first ever Cabot Fine Arts Council scholarship is for a student who receives planning to attend an Arkansas college to major in an applied fine arts field include oral communications, dance or music. The recipient is Joel Bradley Head.

The first ever Class of 1975/Debbie Gilbert Memorial Scholarship is memory of Gilbert, a teacher and assistant principal. Her family and classmates fund the scholarship. It is given to a student planning on becoming a teacher. The recipient is Lauren Jo Harrington.

Lance and Leann Hanshaw Servant-Leader Scholarship honors two of Lonoke County’s servant leaders donated by the Hanshaw family. It is an endowed scholarship given to a deserving graduate who has demonstrated high moral character, strong leadership and service in school, church and community. This year’s recipient is Seth Anthony Murdoch.

The first ever Taylor Lane Keck Memorial Scholarship is funded in memory of Keck who would have been a senior in 2006. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student planning to attend an Arkansas college to become an engineer. The recipient is Christopher Eugene Rodriguez.

Warren and Sandra Knight Scholarship is an endowed scholarship by the family of Warren and Sandra Knight. It is awarded a student whose ACT score, grade point average and class standing indicate the ability to complete college. This year’s recipient is Loni Danielle Hefner.

Jake P. Lowman Memorial Scholarship honors Lowman, a lifelong Cabot resident, businessman, volunteer firefighter and Cabot High School graduate. Friends and family support this scholarship. This year’s recipient is Tiffany Leigh Duhamel.

Mike Malham, Jr. Scholarship is an endowed scholarship through a gift from Joe Dan Ray and Jimmy Ray of Crown Metal Buildings. The scholarship is awarded to a student with proven leadership ability, good moral character and who plays sports. This year’s recipient is Colton Chase Roberts.

Carolyn Park Scholarship is funded by J.M. Park in honor of his wife, Carolyn, for interest and involvement in the Cabot Scholarship Foundation. It awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates exemplary scholarship. This year’s recipient is Nicholas Paul Amis.

The Mayor Willie and Gene Ray Scholarship is endowed for a senior who will attend an Arkansas college and who reflects the attributes of a good citizen, as exemplified by the donors. This year’s recipient is Jessica Nicole Beaulieu.

Pamela Roberts Smith Scholarship is an endowed scholarship created in honor of Pam by her parents, Raymond and Jeanette Roberts. This year’s recipient is Jeannette Lynn Thompson.

Charley Templeton Memorial Scholarship was created in honor of Charley who worked hard for many years to help Cabot High School graduates attend college. Family and friends collect funds to continue this scholarship. This year’s recipient is Christina Nicole Bearden.

Frances Holt Wittenberg Scholarship us awarded in honor of the 46 year long teaching career of Frances. The award is given to a student who is active in the community, well respected by teachers and working towards becoming an elementary educator.

This year’s recipient is Mary Katherine Jones.


Regions Bank Scholarship recognizes outstanding and well-respected college bound students. This year’s recipient is Candace Brooke Rodman.

The Internship Advisory Council awards two Dr. Martha Ray Marshall Internship Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Reed Ellis Durden and Danielle Lovellette.

James D. Frederick Scholarship is awarded to driven students of strong character. Jay Michael Frederick of the Frederick-Moore Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley and his wife, Katherine Frederick, provide the scholarship. This year’s recipient is Kinley Elizabeth Crump.


The Scott Foltz Memorial Scholarship is endowed to a Christian student interested in public service. This year’s recipient is Jason Wayne Hill. He is also the recipient of the $250

The theme of this year’s roast and toast is “Scholarship Round-Up.” The meal is being catered by Back Yard Burgers. The guest of honor is Brooks Nash, school board member and former principal. Past honorees have included Miss Arkansas 2003 Whitney Kirk, J. M. Park, Jack Carrington, Mike Mallham Jr., Del Medlin, Dewey Faught, Joe Allman, Joe Trusty, William Kehler and Jane Morgan Balgavy.

Tickets are on sale for $25 a piece or $175 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at the Bank of the Ozarks, 615 W. Main St. in Cabot or from any of the foundation members including John Thompson, Fred Campbell, Tracy French, Steve Tipton, Nina Butler, Carol Jones, Carolyn Park and Don Elliott. The Cabot Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.