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Rev. Herman A. Martin Memorial Scholarship

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Chauncey Jones
3 winners, $500 each
Next Application Deadline
Apr 19, 2024
Next Winners Announced
May 19, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
3.0 or higher
Education Level:
High School Senior

Rev. Herman A. Martin was a man with a vision. He was a loving husband, father, a devoted leader in the community and a businessman. Rev. Martin was not only a Baptist Clergyman but an entrepreneur in catering and painting. 

Rev. Martin possessed a passion for educating youth. In an effort to assist high school seniors in Arkansas, in the furtherance of their education, the family of the late Rev. Herman A. Martin would like to offer this scholarship in his name.

To apply, please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your chosen course of study.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Impact
Published December 12, 2023
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your chosen course of study. 

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Adrian King
Camden Fairview High SchoolCAMDEN, AR
My name is Adrian King, I am a positive and independent student with an unwavering drive to achieve my goals and make a meaningful impact on the world. Each day, I strive to become a step closer to realizing my dreams, and I am committed to working tirelessly to get there. As a people person, I have a natural ability to connect with others and show love, support, and guidance. I take pride in offering advice and helping others navigate life's challenges, always showing respect to everyone I encounter. My chosen course of study, engineering, is more than just a degree it's a pathway to creating innovative solutions that can change lives. I am determined to graduate with honors and awards, setting the stage for a successful career. Upon graduation, I aim to secure a job that aligns with my passions and enables me to achieve financial stability throughout my life. However, my aspirations extend beyond personal success. I am committed to staying spiritually connected and grounded with God, ensuring that my impact on the world is not just tangible, but also meaningful. Once I reach my career peak and financial stability, I plan to give back to the community in a significant way. I aspire to establish an organization that empowers youth to pursue STEM and engineering careers, providing guidance, resources, and support to help them succeed. I am dedicated to making a positive impact on the world, and I believe that investing in the next generation of innovators and leaders is the most effective way to do so. Through my organization, I hope to create a ripple effect of positivity, inspiring young minds to dream big and work towards creating a better future for themselves and for society. I am committed to helping them navigate the challenges that come with pursuing a career in engineering, and to providing the necessary tools and resources to ensure their success. In conclusion , my journey as Adrian King is centered around achieving my goals, making a positive impact on the world, and staying spiritually grounded. Through my chosen course of study, I am determined to create a better future for myself and for generations to come. I am excited to embark on this journey, knowing that with hard work, dedication, and a commitment to giving back, I can make a real difference in the world. This scholarship can help Me tremendously with furthering my education and reaching my lifetime goals not only setting me up for success but the next generations to come. Thank you so much for this opportunity !
Abby Word
Camden Fairview High SchoolCAMDEN, AR
Growing up I have always wanted to make a difference in this world. I strive to bring joy in the lives of those around me each day. I have grown up very blessed, and I will never take that for granted. I have wonderful parents who love and support me, I have fun, younger brothers, sweet friends, and a good and gracious God. I have attended Camden Fairview School District for all thirteen years of school. I enjoy serving others; therefore, in my four years of high school I have been a member of Beta Club, Key Club, P.E.A.R.L.S, National Honor Society, Drive Smart, and Student Council. I have served as my class vice president through the student council for the past three years. I attend Believer's Church of Camden where I serve on the worship team, the nursery, and the children's church team weekly. I have been employed at Morrison’s Pharmacy of Camden as a clerk for the last two years. I am an AP as well as an Arkansas Scholar, an Arkansas Girls State alumni, and I have been on the All A's Honor Roll list all four years. I have also been a member of the Lady Cardinal Golf Team for the last four years where I ended my senior season receiving Academic All-Conference and qualifying for state as an individual. Ever since I was a little girl I have always tried to make big life goals. One of my first ones is to graduate high school with good grades and many joyful memories. Next, I plan to attend the University of Central Arkansas for four years to receive my Bachelors in Exercise Science. Then I will apply to their physical therapy school where I will hopefully be accepted to attend and receive my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have fallen in love with this occupation because of how rewarding it is. To be able to create relationships between patients and their families would be extremely special to me. I love being around young children and my favorite moments with them are when I am able to make them smile. It just warms my heart! This career is a very life-impacting job. To be able to help young children learn new ways to move or to even be able to help them walk for the first time would be a huge deal. I hope to be able to use this occupation to make a beautiful, positive impact on today's generation. I want to bring light to how important the virtues of kindness, patience, and gentleness are; as they play a key element in being a good physical therapist. Through becoming a Pediatric Physical Therapist, I hope to make an incredible impact in the lives of many sweet children and their families!
Dontae Stringfellow
Strong High SchoolSTRONG, AR
To whom it May concern, I, Dontae Stringfellow Jr. I’m writing to express my desire to attend college to further my education after graduation. I grew up in a very small town in Louisiana and after my mom married, I moved to Arkansas in 2017 and enrolled into Strong High School to finish my education. While enrolled at Strong I participated in the following activities: Captain of Boys’ Basketball Team, Beta Club Member, Honor Roll student k-12th grade, Usher Actively at Church, Martin Luther King Jr. Student of the Year Award recipient 2024, Awarded All- State (Arkansas Basketball), Drive Safe Participant, and Xtreme Club participant. My plan is to begin my career path for the fall semester of 2024 as a New Undergraduate to study Kinesiology or Sports Education with hopes of becoming an Athletic Coach one day. For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed playing sports and have a strong passion for basketball. I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to attend college. My parents have worked very hard to provide for me unfortunately due to how expensive things are I’m trying to alleviate some of the cost for school by applying for a scholarship to help me further my education. I would be the first member of my family to benefit from a four-year university. My goal is to use my education and give back to the community in helping young kids in the athletic field. Upon my college graduation, I would like to Coach high school sports with hopes of coaching at the college level one day. I'm asking to be considered for this scholarship because I feel I can make a difference with helping and teaching kids. It is not only my dream but yet a personal goal of mine that I will one day like to achieve. Although I know there will be more trials ahead and once I enter college I will face thigs of the unknown, however I'm up for the challenge because again this is my dream and I always tell people you never know how your dreams will end if you don't chase them. So with that being said I hope this gives you the best idea of who I am along with my hopes, and dreams. If chosen I give you my word to adhere to the things I have wrote in this essay. Thank You, Dontae Stringfellow Jr.
Aniyah Buckhanan
Camden Fairview High SchoolCamden, AR
Alexis Chavez
Camden Fairview High SchoolCamden, AR
Ever since I was a little girl, I have known that I have wanted to help others throughout my life and career. I have always searched for and participated in opportunities where I could help others. I grew up going to church with my parents and siblings, which is why I believe I have such a drive to help. Learning about Christ and all that he did makes me ask myself every day, in any situation, what would Jesus do? I am not the most religious person but Christ leads my way. Unfortunately, during my junior and beginning of senior years of high school, my parents spilt. It was such an odd feeling not to have both parents in a household and at events that were important as a graduating senior. The loneliness I endured was only another reason to trust Christ and not worry. I began to strive harder for what I want when I realized my mom was suffering financially without my dad's help. I want to be an independent successful woman so that I will never have to struggle the way my mom did. I am currently a high school senior who plans to attend Lousiana Tech University and continue my education by majoring in psychology. I am focused and determined on achieving good grades as I am a hard worker. Nothing in my future life will come easily and I know all the obstacles I will come across, I will push myself and never give up. My future endeavors will lead me to become a psychiatrist. Mental health is where lots of people struggle. Mass shootings, suicide, and other terrible things occur due to mental health every year. Maintaining good mental health is very important, but it is factored by so many opponents that it can be difficult to do. I want to give people the chance to make healthy choices by assisting them to improve their mental health. Considering all of this, I want to make a positive impact on the world by helping others overcome any factors that may be damaging to their mental health. I would be honored to receive this scholarship and strive every day to reach my goal of becoming a psychiatrist. This scholarship would be a wonderful and very helpful asset to my short and long-term goals. I am greatly appreciative that you have displayed much effort to help high school seniors in the furtherance of their education.
Sydney Burton
Little Rock Christian AcademyLittle Rock, AR
At a young age I always knew that something in me wanted to help people but I had no idea how. In my childhood years I watched my older friends grow up and go off to college determined on becoming someone who is able to help people. Either through becoming a doctor, providing encouragement through counselling, and even passing their knowledge on to the younger generation as a teacher, they always wanted to help. As for me, my future is currently in the making but I know I will make a positive impact on the world. My name is Sydney Burton and I am currently a high school senior at Little Rock Christian Academy. I have attended my school for seven years and in May will graduate as the class of 2022. This senior year has been stressful due to college decisions and deciding on what career I want to pursue. Thankfully I have decided to attend Ouachita Baptist University this fall and continue my education with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Throughout my time in school I have always been a big fan of science and discovering things using mathematical equations and experiments. I have decided to major in Biology because the career I want to pursue in the future will impact the world in a positive way. In Biology I plan to make a positive and helpful impact through the way I understand the concept and how I use my knowledge in the later years. When studying Biology it can give you a lot of insight on how things develop and also show you new solutions. When learning new things in a positive way and being excited for a class you could end up uplifting and cheering up someone who is down at the time due to the stress of the class. Along with majoring in Biology, I will also be minoring in Psychology. Having a good background in Psychology can open your mind and allow you to understand what people are going through. When having a positive impact in Psychology you are able to educate people on why some are they way they are and show them that being different is never a bad thing. Being able to spread positive awareness about the behind the scenes of mental health, trauma, etc. can lead to less discrimination and a more healthy environment. The education that I will gather from Biology and Psychology will ultimately help me in the future to become a forensic pathologist. Forensic pathologists mainly focus on examining the cause of death and any sort of disease someone may have had when they were alive. When having a positive attitude in any workplace it can it can lead to a happier environment. Having the ability to spread positivity after a tough case can ultimately lift someone's day without even knowing. If I were to work in a crime lab later in life and there was a case that was very gruesome and sad, having the ability to lift someone up and out of that sort of depression can lead to a healthy workplace and relationship. I plan to make a positive impact in studying Biology and Psychology through my mood, persona, and my actions and responses to different types of people and making sure that someone always has a friend to go to when they are in need.
Arianna Jones
Texas Virtual Academy At HallsvilleCamden, AR
I am a very creative person, When ideas come to my mind I instantly get to it. Finding ways to make Them better as I put them together. Using my imagination to plan out how I want Things to go and getting to the hard work that comes along with it. My course of study has a very positive impact on the world because I get to help little kids feel better and finding curing them from whatever sickness or diseases they have. Researching different types of diseases and medicines to help save childrens lives, so they can see their future and grow up to be anything they want to be in life puts a big smile on my face. Just knowing that they know that they have doctors and nurses that are working their hardest to find ways to make the feel better every single day shows that we truly care. Waking up everyday and seeing parents put their trust in people to help their kids motivates me more and more to save children's lives.
Justice Nelson
Smackover High SchoolSmackover, AR
I am very thankful for my mom who has struggled to plan for my higher education through the Rev. Herman A. Martin Memorial Scholarship Program. She demonstrates their love and need to make my future bright because as we know, “education is the greatest inheritance a parent can give to their child”. Unfortunately my mom's savings do not cover the high cost of my education. As a sign of appreciation for their dedication, I want to reward my mom through a good performance in college, a fact that solely depends on the scholarship. Consequently, all my dreams concerning studying will only come true with the help of this scholarship. It is great to feel that my mom's attempts to invest in my education are not in vain. I am sure that if I get the scholarship and ability to study further she will be even happier than me! Currently, I am a senior in high school whose plan is to attend Southern Arkansas University and major in Nursing. I am focused on achieving good grades in the future as I am a self-driven industrious person able to carry out duties without being supervised. Additionally, the struggle has made me stronger, and it is known that society needs people who can survive in any hard situation. Accordingly, I am mapping a dilettante path to help in the growth of my family and community. I have the intention of pursuing my education level even though I am in the middle of a financial crisis. This scholarship will help me to reveal all my skills and intentions while studying and become an important and useful member of society. All in all, I will be very grateful to be considered for this scholarship and I promise to do my best and use this chance to make my educational dream come true. Your support means a fortune to me. Even though there is such an option like work for students to pay for educational needs, I think it influences negatively on grades. I would not like to turn down my dreams and neglect the hard work and attempts of my mom but rather to become a winner and get a chance to live my life decently. At this stage of my life, the most important thing is to gain progress in my education and start the way to a big success. As a Arkansas resident, I cordially request for your help in pursuing my goals as I work hard and strive for excellence.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 19, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 19, 2024.

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