(Arkadelphia, Ark)-Not only does the Arkadelphia Promise help pay Arkadelphia graduates tuition, they also help connect students with other scholarship opportunities. In the case of John Sivils, a 2012 graduate, it really paid off to follow up with the opportunity Promise Director Jason Jones found for him and some others.

Last fall a scholarship became available to Arkansas students for the first time. The Hagan Scholarship Foundation is based out of Columbia, Missouri and was established to help students from rural counties from 6 states, including Arkansas. Jason Jones said, “This scholarship is worth up to $10,000 a year and only 23 were awarded to Arkansas students.” The scholarship has a rigorous award process, including two in-person interviews and a lengthy application process. “We are so excited when we see our students go out and pursue every opportunity that we put in front of them. John is a great student and will excel in life because he follows through on the tasks before him,” Jones stated.

When asked about the scholarship, Jon Sivils said “I’m just glad that Jason (Jones) brought the information to my family. We would have never known about the Hagan Scholarship or the whole process without him.” Sivils is now in his second week of college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Parents and students looking for scholarship opportunities should start by going to the www.arkadelphiapromise.com website and scheduling an appointment with Jason Jones. He can be reached at the Arkadelphia Promise office at 210-1271.

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