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Web Extra: Nearly $10,000 in scholarship money available for students


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas high school seniors can apply to continue their education by applying for the Oscar Washington Jr., Educational Fund Scholarship.

“We are targeting 10 to 12-thousand dollars in scholarships alone,” says  Mark Leaverett, a friend of the late Washington Jr and chairman of the scholarship foundation.

The scholarship was created after Washington’s sudden death in 2017. He died from a heart attack.

“At first I thought someone was trying to play a joke,” explains Bobbie Ficklin, a customer service specialist at Entergy and friend of the late Washington. “Oscar liked to play jokes, but I had just spoken to him early that day when he called me from the hospital to tell me everything was fine and not to worry.”

However close friends say this scholarship serves the mission that Washington lived day in and day out.

“Oscar pushed me to go back to school,” says Ficklin. “He genuinely cared and looked out and after for his employees.”

The scholarship fund will be given to any college-bound high school students.

“Our goal is to expand what we are doing for next year,” explains Leaverett. “To include a continuing education student.”

Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a degree at a four-year college and will be based on academic achievement, financial need and volunteer service.

“He wouldn’t let me stop going to school because he said at the end of the day no one can take away your education,” says Ficklin.



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