2004 New Horizons Scholarship Winners Announced

   

2004 New Horizons Scholarship Winners Announced
8/12/2013 2:37:25 PM

The New Horizons Scholarship Council, has awarded two scholarships to two Arkansas EAST seniors. The scholarship award, up will help these students obtain an information technology bachelor’s degree at a public Arkansas college or university.

The New Horizons Scholarship Council, a public-private partnership, has awarded two scholarships to two Arkansas EAST seniors. The scholarship award, up to $10,000 per year for four years, will help these students obtain an information technology bachelor's degree at a public Arkansas college or university. Of 22 applicants, the scholarship winners are Joseph Baker (Norphlet High School) and Jack Cross (Dewitt High School). As part of the selection process, finalists presented digital portfolios of their EAST accomplishments and future goals. The two winners plan to attend Southern Arkansas University and University Arkansas - Monticello. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

"This new scholarship program is designed to help bridge the gap for EAST students who want to pursue their higher education in Arkansas," said Claire Bailey, New Horizons Scholarship Chairman and Agency Director for the Department of Information Systems. "'Brain drain' is a real problem for highly recruited IT positions, so corporate interest in retaining Arkansas talent is strong and our communities benefit from their skills."

Governor Mike Huckabee was instrumental in creating the New Horizons Scholarship Program. "It's gratifying to be graduating talented students who will make major contributions to our state," Huckabee said. New Horizons, a public-private initiative, provides EAST students the opportunity to further their education and training to better equip them to gain employment in the IT sector. Their four-year IT scholarship to an Arkansas state institution includes an internship with a public or not-for-profit entity where the recipients will serve as they learn. The scholarship program is managed by the Arkansas Community Foundation.

Sponsors include SBC, ALLTEL, and Information Network of Arkansas. Other organizations involved in the council represent Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Department of Information Systems, the EAST Initiative and Sells/Clark Advertising Agency.

Over 10,000 Arkansas students are participating in some of the most innovative and relevant educational experiences offered in schools today through the Environmental Spatial Technology Labs (EAST). EAST connects kids to the most advanced applications offered in school and provides opportunities to research and solve community problems in diverse teams. Students become active participants in their local communities and develop knowledge and skills that make them competitive and sought after in the work place. For more information, visit. http://www.newhorizonscholarship.org/

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