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Mil-Way Federal Credit Union Awards Four $1,000 Scholarships

The Donald G. Smith Scholarship was created in 1996 to honor retired Mil-Way FCU president, Don Smith. Mr. Smith served as our president from 1970 until 1995, at which time he retired. In 2012, the board voted to increase the number of scholarships to four in the amount of $1000 each ($500 per semester.)

The 2014 scholarships were awarded July 1st, with applications accepted during the month of May. Applicants must be a member of Mil-Way FCU, must be enrolled as a full time college undergraduate student and must maintain a 2.50 grade point average.

Many of our recipients have been very successful in their studies and have gone on to professional and rewarding careers. Not only is it exciting to see these students excel, it is an honor for us to award these scholarships in Don Smith’s name. Congratulations to the 2014 Donald G. Smith Scholarship Recipients listed below!

Meet Our Four $1,000 Scholarship Winners
 
Daniel Cole Mills-2014 Hooks High School graduate
Daniel Cole Mills-2014 Hooks High School graduate

Mills is the son of Jacky and Jennifer Mills, of Hooks, Texas. While attending Hooks High School, Mills was a member of the National Honor Society, the FFA Show team and the Livestock, Equine and Meat Judging Teams. He was also a member of the National Hereford, Brahman and Beefmaster Associations. Mills plans to fund his own college education through scholarships and the sale of calves from his 15 head cattle operation.

To achieve his goal to become an Agri teacher, Mills will attend Connor’s State College in Warner, OK for two years and transfer to Texas A&M to finish his Agriculture Education degree plan.

Madison Norton-2014 Texas High School graduate
Madison Norton-2014 Texas High School graduate

Norton is the daughter of Ricky and Janice Norton of Texarkana, TX. Graduating 10th in her class at Texas High, Norton is a Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, a Texas Scholar, a member of the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society and National Honor Society. She was the Texas High Tigers Marching Band Drum Major as well as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Tiger Yearbook Staff. Norton was also a member of the Rosebuds Garden Club, Jazz Band, Gifted and Talented Academic Program, a graduate of Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders and a recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She was also active in her community by participating in the Race for the Cure, MS Walk, and the Community Café Project.

Norton will follow in her parents’ footsteps by becoming a Texas A&M Aggie in College Station. She is to major in construction science with plans to complete an MBA before joining the workforce.

Kirsten Reid-2014 Texas High School graduate
Kirsten Reid-2014 Texas High School graduate

Reid is the daughter of Kenneth and Linda Reid of Texarkana, TX. As a Texas High School student, Reid was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, National Honor Society and Rosebuds Garden club. She served as president of Jack and Jill, Inc., and was a finalist in the All- Conference Band as well as DECA Club competition. Reid graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas High and is a Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, and a Texas Scholar.

With plans to start her pediatric nursing career, working with children at the St. Jude’s Hospital in Little Rock, Reid plans to obtain her BSN from Arkansas Tech University. Afterwards, she will go on to earn her master’s degree, in order to gain her PRN certification.


Sarah Spears-2014 Arkansas High School graduate
Sarah Spears-2014 Arkansas High School graduate

Spears is the daughter of Glen and Melonie Spears of Texarkana, AR. Graduating 8th in her class at Arkansas High School and being awarded Most Outstanding High School Student, Spears served as vice president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Student Council and secretary of the Interact Club. She was also a member of the AHS Varsity Cheerleading Squad, Gifted and Talented Academic program, the Principal’s Advisory Team and attended Arkansas Girls’ State. Having partnered with the Champions Against Bullying non-profit organization, Spears founded Bully Proof, an AHS anti-bullying program. She also chaired the Teacher Appreciation committee.

With her sights set on becoming a doctor, Spears is to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas with plans to attend medical school afterwards.