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27 Students Receive Ď09 Scholarships From Kidsí Chance of Arkansas

Kidsí Chance of Arkansas awarded 27 scholarships totaling $56,000 on July 23, 2009. The scholarships are given to dependents of employees killed or permanently and totally disabled by a job-related accident/illness covered under Arkansasí workersí compensation laws.

Janell Brinkley

University of Central Arkansas - Business administration and accounting

"I am currently working a full-time job while going to school full time. I find myself being very responsible and achieving more than most kids my age do at this time. I know my father would be extremely proud of the accomplishments I have made so far, and he would still want me to continue down this path for as long as I could."

James Ross Brinkley

University of Texas at Arlington - Marketing research

"When my dad was taken, I had to learn very quickly that others will not always be here to help me along in life. I have always had to make my own way to get whatever I desired, and I am very proud of that. I was the first person in my family to earn a college degree, and I will be able to show my future children that college is an attainable goal for them."

Caleb Craig

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Pharmacology

"One of the most difficult parts of transitioning into college is maintaining motivation in a relatively unsupervised environment. ... In college, teachers assign homework and assume that you will do it, ask questions if you have any difficulties, and do not require it to be turned in for a grade. ... Knowing that homework is practice for the test persuades me to stay caught up with the material."

Vanessa N. Daniels

North Arkansas College - Parks and recreation

"One of the biggest challenges I will face will be the commute each day . . . over 70 miles each day for the first 2 years, then when I transfer to Russellville it will be over 140 miles commute daily. . . . I plan to apply for scholarships and student loans so I may pay my tuition, gas and other expenses I will incur."

Andrew Travis Engle

Tulsa Welding School - Welding

"I think the biggest impact of my momís injury for me is that I know that she is in pain eery minute of every day, but she hardly ever complains and always has a smile on her face. ... I know in my heart that the best thing I can do for my mom is to make her proud of me by continuing my education and be as successful as I can be."

Clinton Ryan Engle

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville - Civil Engineering

"I work part time and go to school full time during the school year and go to summer school, work part time and mow yards during the summer. I am trying to do my part to help pay for my education, because my mom is not able to work. I just want her to focus on herself and making herself stronger every day and not have to worry about how everything is going to get paid."

Justin S. Foyil

University of Arkansas at Monticello - Spatial information systems and surveying

"After working for a Shell station for 8 months for minimum wage while going to school, I decided that college was the only way to go. Though I am not still 100% on what career I want to choose after graduating college, I know that to achieve a good job I must complete college."

Carey James Gabbert

Columbia College - Psychology

"There are two things that I based my entire life on that I learned from my fatherís accident. All of the events in my life that havenít gone very smoothly are, in a way, blessings. I see my mind as a stone that has been polished and shined over the years by the things Iíve had to deal with. Iíve become a stronger person because of my dadís accident, and have gained a great amount of character in the process."

Holly Jessica Gibbs

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Nursing

"I had the opportunity to job shadow at Arkansas Childrenís Hospital, and I felt the career of nursing would be best for me. I feel nursing is a good way to give back because I could help the patients and families during their hard times. Because I have lost so much, I can relate well with others in difficult situations. I realize the value of helping other people is where I find my joy."

Cherish A. Gray

Great Basin Community College - Nursing

"I guess my hardest challenge would be fitting in school and work at the same time. Also, having friends is a big deal in college because these are the days that we will remember the rest of our life. To overcome this, Iím going to work harder in school and manage my time better with my friends. Iím also going to save my money better so I donít have to put so much hours in at work."

Wesley Adam Hansen

Ouachita Baptist University - Psychology and Christian studies

"The biggest challenge that I face in attending Ouachita Baptist University is the high tuition. However, in order to achieve my career goals, I feel that Ouachita offers the best courses of study that I will need to meet my goals of entering the ministry field."


Kristin Elizabeth Honeysuckle

University of Central Arkansas - Nursing

"College is going to be a very new experience for me. I cannot wait for college to be on my own, but it also scares me. .... It is going to be heard to focus and not have my mother over my shoulder telling me to go to class or do my homework. I am going to have to push myself to do the right things."

G. Michael Horn

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff or Southeast Arkansas College - Business

"I would like to further my education to make sure I have a dependable career for my future. ... I havenít completely decided on what I would like to become. I have several things in mind. I enjoy interacting with and helping people."

Deanna Hudson

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith - Nursing

"I am doing what I have to do to survive in this world. I am very blessed to get to go to college. It is a dream come true. I lost my father which was the hardest thing for me to deal with in my life, and now I have the responsibility to do the same things he did for me."

Richard Alan Hudson, Jr.

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith - Forestry

"I want to go to college to become a forest ranger. I have always been interested in the outdoors. I love to fish and hunt. I used to go with my dad all the time. It was he who gave me the idea to want to work outside. He always told me that he could never be locked in a room behind a desk and not get to see the sun."

Amanda M. LeMay

Southern Arkansas University - Finance and accounting

"College prepares you for what life is going to be like in the real world. One of the biggest challenges in college is being accountable. You have to stand up for yourself and be able to get the job done. When the day is done, youíre the one that has to answer for what life throws at you."

Hayley McDaniel

Arkansas State University - Medical science

"College was never a question in my family, it was always a must. My higher quality of education and college degree is my next goal in life. I am currently interested in the field of Radiology or other health care services."

Michelle McElroy

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Nursing

"Going into the medical field requires a lot of hard work and dedication. I am the type of person who will strive to achieve my goals and will always see the best in situations. I am prepared to look into my future with high hopes and not have any regrets."

Allyson Brewer Pittman

University of Missouri - Journalism-strategic communications

"While I may have lost my father, I have also been blessed with many other lucky things in my life. Through his death I have learned some of lifeís greatest lessons and have learned the value of hard work and determination instilled in my soul forever."

Melanie Rivers

University of Central Arkansas - Psychology

"After I get my degree, I want to work in a clinic or facility and diagnose and make treatment plans for people. I would also love to work for the United Nations and learn more about the differences between nations or help nations that have suffered."

Mallory Siedschlag

Louisiana Delta Community College - Elementary education

"I have come to realize life has curves, and you just have to follow them. You can be anything you want to be, but you have to put your best foot forward and take on the responsibilities that come along with it."

Linzey Rae Stacy

Arkansas State University - Interdisciplinary studies

"I often think of my father and wonder what advise he would give me. I feel that thus far I have lived to be the person that he would want me to be. Every time I think of him, I know that there is a reason for me to achieve all of my dreams. Through my hard work and dedication, I am able to show people a part of who he was."

Landon J. Sullins

Arkansas Tech University - History and coaching

"My dream has always been to play college baseball and move on up to the big leagues. With a lot of hard work and determination, I began the fall semester at Arkansas Tech this year as a redshirt freshman. I practiced every chance I got, and I was able to move up to the number one catcher position by the time the season started in February."

Kaylee S. Thompson

University of Central Arkansas - Occupational therapy

"As I begin my journey in life, it is my desire to become successful and be able to give back to my family, community and this great nation. In the next few years, I will be working on a goal that will have an impact on me for the rest of my life. ...I plan to transfer to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and major in Occupational Therapy."

Hannah A. Vines

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville - Mechanical engineering

"As one stage of my life comes to an end, another begins, and my father is ever continuing to influence my actions. ... I will be majoring in mechanical engineering. This being my fatherís major as well is no coincidence. His love of flying lives in me, and I cannot wait to continue on what he loved to do."

James P. Westerman, III

Arkansas Tech University - Hospitality management

"My dream is still to one day own and operate an outdoor wilderness resort. While in high school, I worked for Lindseyís Rainbow Resort on the Little Red River. This job was one of my inspirations into why I want to own and operate my own resort."

Kristen White

Arkansas Tech University - Sociology

"Although I have faced several obstacles in life, I can say that I am truly blessed. I am proud to be where I am today and very thankful for the opportunities I have been given. I have always had a very compassionate heart and in conjunction with my own personal experiences, I have decided that a career in Social Work would be very fitting for me."