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Friday, March 12, 2010

TOP STORY >> Scholarship will honor late doctor

Joey York (left) of Cabot High School’s Medical Academy Advisory Board, and Nina Butler of the Cabot Scholarship Foundation accept a $500 check for the Rochelle Memorial Scholarship from Dr. Tim Bryant of Bryant Chiropractic.

By CHRISTY HENDRICKS

Leader staff writer

The Cabot Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is “well over our $1,500 goal” for its newest scholarship, according to Joey York, Cabot High School Medical Academy Advisory Board member and chairman of the scholarship committee.

The Dr. Joe Rochelle Memorial Medical Academy Scholarship, in honor of the late Cabot physician who died July 4, 2008, is worth $500, and will be awarded to three Cabot High School Medical Academy seniors at the foundation’s annual Roast and Toast, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

Once the $1,500 goal is met, the foundation will continue taking donations for next year’s scholarships.

“Dr. Rochelle was a great doctor, friend and colleague,” Bryant said. “I’m glad to contribute to a great cause.”

Rochelle was a founding member of the Cabot High School Medical Academy Advisory Board. He was York’s personal physician.

Rochelle recruited Dr. Tim Bryant, of Bryant Chiropractic in Cabot, to be a board member.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must graduate with medical honors, have an above average ACT score and GPA, participate in HOSA and Skills USA Medical Clubs for three consecutive year and be pursuing a degree in the medical field.

Graduates of the academy have already completed applications for this year.

York, a pharmaceutical sales representative for Hospira, said the board is “honored to be able to do this.”

Donations to the Dr. Joe Rochelle Memorial Medical Academy Scholarship are tax-deductible and will be handled by Cabot Scholarship Foundation.

Donations may be sent to Cabot Scholarship Foundation, Dr. Joe Rochelle Memorial Medical Academy Scholarship, P.O. Box 781, Cabot, Ark. 72023. The foundation asks that the “for/memo” portion of checks be labeled Dr. Joe Rochelle Memorial Medical Academy Scholarship. Deadline for donations is April 1.

The scholarship foundation, incorporated in 1992, is a non-profit organization. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize academic excellence at Cabot High School. Scholarships are awarded to CHS seniors who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrate a desire to continue their education at the college level.

The scholarships are presented at the foundation’s annual Roast and Toast, held each spring. This year’s roastee is Chuck Massey.