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2010 Scholarship Recipient: Jade Novak
2009 Scholarship Recipient: Adrian Hinkle
2008 Scholarship Recipient: Anurandha Gorukanti
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Named in memory of George Fisher, this scholarship honors a student who embodies the spirit of diversity and of fostering change. George Fisher, a JPCI member, a mentor, a husband, father, ABF employee, community activist and volunteer, exemplified this spirit in all activities in which he was involved. Unexpectedly, George died in August of 2004. George’s memory continues to live in our hearts and through this award.
The George Fisher Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Banquet in Fort Smith, Arkansas held in the month of January.
When finances are available, the minimum amount of $1,500.00 scholarship(s) will be given respectively to: (1) graduating seniors from high school or enrolled high school juniors (2) currently enrolled non-graduating undergraduates who have completed a minimum of twelve college credit hours and (3) non-graduating graduate and professional students majoring in education, health care, political science, public service, or public administration.
Applicants shall be high school juniors, seniors and/or students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.
The Juneteenth Planning Commission, Inc. (JPCI) will have the scholarship applications available for interested parties by the first week of October (preceding January’s banquet). Applications must be submitted to the committee by mail to: P.O. Box 8083, Ft. Smith, AR 72702 by the 10th of December prior to that year’s banquet.
The members of the JPCI Scholarship Selection committee shall review the applications and submit their recommendations to the JPCI for final approval. Once the name(s) has/have been accepted by the JPCI, the recipient(s), an ABF and the Fort Smith Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Committee will be notified in writing prior to the MLK Banquet. Recipient(s) will be invited and expected to attend the MLK Banquet to be recognized for their scholarship award.
The undergraduate or high school student must not have less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average during the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded. The Graduate or Professional School student must not have less than a 2.7 cumulative GPA.
Once the student has fulfilled the obligation of submitting proof of enrollment and a cumulative grade point average from the registrar’s office to the JPCI, the scholarship will be sent to the chosen institution in the name of the student or can be sent directly to the student depending circumstances to be decided by the JPCI. The scholarship shall be awarded on or before the initial day of the first semester of that academic year, if awardees have submitted all pertinent information.
Forfeiture of the scholarship shall result if the student fails to enroll in an accredited college or university during the year in which the scholarship is awarded (the fall semester after graduation for a senior in high school and the current semester for the college student).
In the event forfeiture occurs, the scholarship shall remain in the scholarship fund and will be awarded the following year to another deserving student UNLESS the JPCI recommends a runner-up for this award as to which all rules and regulations will still apply.
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Return completed applications to the JPCI, P.O. Box 8083, Fort Smith, AR 72902.
Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009.
For questions or concerns, please contact Andre' Good, 479-285-4932.