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Foundation Awards Jesse E. Smith Swindle Nursing Scholarship

Mallory Pendergrass of Wynne has been named the recipient of the EACC Foundation’s Jessie E. Smith Swindle Nursing Scholarship for the fall semester 2018.

The Jessie Smith Swindle Nursing Scholarship is dedicated to assisting full time EACC nursing students from Cross County, Arkansas.  The award is $500 per academic semester, based on availability of funds to cover expenses of tuition, fees, books and supplies.

Mallory Pendergrass is currently enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program at EACC.  After graduation, she plans to continue her education in the Registered Nursing program at EACC and eventually obtain a master’s degree in Nursing and work as a family nurse practitioner. “I truly appreciate the honor of being selected as a recipient of this scholarship,” said Pendergrass.  “Without this opportunity, I would not be able to reach my goal of becoming a nurse,” she added.   

The family of Jessie Smith Swindle established this scholarship to honor her memory and show support for nursing education which was such an important part of her life.  At age 50, Jessie began her training to become an LPN.  Once completed, she had a nursing career that spanned 22 years in Cross County, Arkansas.  The Jessie Smith Swindle Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of her son, Ronald K. Swindle and his wife, Minette Clarke-Swindle.

The EACC Foundation’s mission is to generate support and advocacy for East Arkansas Community College in the communities it serves.

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Mallory Pendergrass, scholarship recipient, and Jan Haven, EACC Board of Trustee and Foundation Board representative

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