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Alumni Association announces two
Dec. 16, 2009 --
The ASU Alumni Association announces the recipients of two scholarships
offered for the 2009-10 academic year. The License Plate Scholarship was
awarded to Sonya A. McCall of Marianna, and the Debbye Turner
Scholarship recipient is Chris Easley of Wynne.
The License Plate Scholarship is funded through the purchase of official
Red Wolves license plates issued by the state of Arkansas and is awarded
to a single-parent, non-traditional, in-state student with 30 credit
hours and a minimum
2.0 grade point average. The License Plate scholarship for 2009-10
was awarded to Sonya A. McCall, a single mother with an 11-year-old son.
McCall is a junior who plans to graduate from ASU in May, 2011. She is
majoring in criminology, having studied criminal justice at East
Arkansas Community College in Forrest City where she was named to the
Dean's List in 2007. She is the daughter of Sandra McCall and the late
McCall's career goal is to obtain her bachelor's degree
in criminology, then earn a master's degree in social work. She says, "I
appreciate receiving this scholarship because without it, I would not be
able to attain my dream, which is to put my son, Cordell, through
college and graduate school. Cordell wants to be an engineer or inventor
and has attended the Bernard Harris Science/Engineer summer program at
UALR. I hope to be an example to him by doing well in college, to obtain
a rewarding job, and then to help put him through college as well."
The Debbye Turner Scholarship is named for Debbye Turner Bell, who was
crowned Miss America in 1990 and went on to become a doctor of
veterinary medicine. She has hosted several popular television programs,
and is currently a member of the cast of 'The Early Show' on CBS-TV.
The tuition scholarship is offered to an entering freshman who is
the son or daughter of an alumnus and who exemplifies outstanding
qualities of scholarship
and leadership. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be well-rounded,
involved in school and community activities, and demonstrate national
pride and civic-mindedness. The 2009-10 Debbye Turner Scholarship
recipient is freshman Chris Easley, son of Carl and Cindy Easley of
Wynne. Carl Easley graduated from ASU in 1985 with a master's degree in
secondary education, and serves as principal of Wynne High School. Cindy
Easley graduated from ASU in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in secondary
education and received a master's degree in speech pathology in 1984.
She serves as speech pathologist for the Wynne Public Schools.
Easley served as co-president of the First United Methodist Church youth
group, and was vice-president of the Northeast District Youth Council of
Ministries. As a football player for Wynne High School, he was named All
State and All Conference. He received the Marine Corps Distinguished
Athlete award and the Brandon Burlsworth award. He is the Fall 2009
pledge class president of the Kappa Alpha Order at ASU and earned the
Community Service Award for devoting more than 100 hours of his time to
Easley is an undeclared major. He says, "I appreciate receiving this
scholarship because it will help me pursue my college education, which
in turn will help me to give back to the community."
PHOTOS, from top:
-- Scholarship recipient Sonya McCall, right, and son Cordell of
-- Scholarship recipient Christ Easley of Wynne