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Junior Auxiliary presents check to ASU scholarship endowment

July 6, 2009 -- Representatives of the Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro recently presented a check for $5,000 to officials from the Arkansas State University Foundation at the Judd Hill Center on Alumni Drive on the ASU campus. The check adds to the organization’s principal scholarship endowment.

Pictured from left: ASU Director of Development Christy Brecklein, ASU Foundation treasurer Philip Jackson, Junior Auxiliary scholarship chairman Martha Bartels, and Junior Auxiliary president Erika Brodell.

Erika Brodell, president of Junior Auxiliary, and Martha Bartels, Scholarship Committee chairman, made the presentation to Foundation treasurer Philip Jackson and ASU Director of Development Christy Brecklein. Brecklein is also an associate member and past president of Junior Auxiliary.

“Junior Auxiliary is proud to continue our commitment to our community, and we are happy to support Arkansas State University in furthering education to help develop future leaders,” said Brodell.

The original scholarship gift of $58,000 was designated in July 2008 to establish the Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, Arkansas Scholarship Endowment Fund. Candidates for the scholarships made available by the endowment must be residents of Craighead County, a senior in good standing at a Craighead County high school, and meet additional eligibility criteria as determined by the selection committee. The committee consists of a JA scholarship selection group.

“We greatly appreciate The Junior Auxiliary’s support of students at ASU-Jonesboro,” said Jackson. “Their hard work and generosity has directly enriched the lives of many young people in northeast Arkansas, and we are truly grateful to be a beneficiary of their philanthropic efforts.”

Junior Auxiliary has been awarding scholarships at ASU since 1958 when a Memorial Scholarship Fund was created. Over $325,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students at Arkansas State. Nine students currently benefit from JA scholarships. The endowment was created by Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro to ensure funds will be available to help worthy students to attend ASU.

Jonesboro’s Junior Auxiliary organization is a non-profit women’s volunteer service organization founded in 1950. The auxiliary’s design is to meet the needs of children, youth, and families in Craighead County. Members work closely with community service projects in health, welfare, civic, cultural, and educational fields.



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