NPC stu­dents re­ceive Van Davis Memo­rial 5K Schol­ar­ships

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - EMILY BACCAM

Thanks to funds raised by the Van Davis Memo­rial 5K pre­sented by Mor­gan Stan­ley, two Na­tional Park Col­lege stu­dents will re­ceive aca­demic merit-based schol­ar­ships.

For Ye­se­nia Al­tami­rano, 19, of Glen­wood, this award holds a special place in her heart, as she is a first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dent.

“My par­ents didn’t go to school, so I feel like it’s for them. It’s show­ing them that hard work does pay off, and show­ing my lit­tle brother that you can get schol­ar­ships,” said Al­tami­rano.

“It’s great to know that there are peo­ple in the com­mu­nity try­ing to help stu­dents around here,” she said.

Al­tami­rano is study­ing her ba­sics at NPC, then trans­fer­ring to Hen­der­son State Univer­sity to pur­sue a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in nu­clear medicine.

De­spite be­ing a non­tra­di­tional stu­dent and the chal­lenges that ac­com­pany it, Paige Mor­phew, 24, of Hot Springs, has been in the PTK Honors Pro­gram, on the dean’s list, and pres­i­dent’s list each se­mes­ter she has been at NPC.

“I feel like it’s my hard work man­i­fest­ing it­self,” Mor­phew said.

She said the funds will be of “tremen­dous as­sis­tance” to her education.

Once Mor­phew ends this se­mes­ter with an as­so­ciate de­gree in Lib­eral Arts, she plans to trans­fer to the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas in Con­way to pur­sue a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ap­plied lin­guis­tics.

Through her education, Mor­phew says she wants to “help other gen­er­a­tions in the best way I can.”

Al­tami­rano and Mor­phew will both be vol­un­teer­ing at the race.

The race and schol­ar­ships are held in lov­ing mem­ory of the late NPC in­struc­tor Van Davis. Af­ter leav­ing Iowa and study­ing his­tory at Oxford Univer­sity in Eng­land and the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia, Davis moved to Arkansas to teach his­tory and po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at NPC where he taught for 38 years as one of the orig­i­nal in­struc­tors from the time of the col­lege’s found­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to school ad­min­is­tra­tors, Davis was deeply loved and ap­pre­ci­ated by fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents alike. “He was a sem­i­nal part of the school,” said Race Di­rec­tor Blake But­ler.

Con­sid­er­ing his love of education and running, those around him felt that a 5K race with all pro­ceeds do­nated to a NPC schol­ar­ship fund would be the per­fect way to honor his life and mem­ory.

The sev­enth an­nual Van Davis Memo­rial 5K will be held on Feb. 16 at 9 a.m., with a Kids Fun Run be­gin­ning at 8:30 a.m. On­line pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is $30, and day-ofrace regis­tra­tion is $35. Race par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a Van Davis Memo­rial 5K T-shirt, rac­ing bibs, com­pli­men­tary snacks, Mor­gan Stan­ley’s Den­nis Barry’s “fa­mous pasta-laya,” and for the first time this year, fin­isher’s medals.

The man, woman, and child with the fastest times will re­ceive win­ner’s medals.

Those who do not want to run but want to do­nate can par­tic­i­pate as a “vir­tual run­ner” by pay­ing the en­try fee and re­ceiv­ing a T-shirt, but not ac­tu­ally running in the race.

But­ler said the race fol­lows a flat route, “which is rare in Arkansas.” The course will be­gin in Whit­ting­ton City Park, turn at the Arkansas School for Math­e­mat­ics, Sciences, and the Arts, and end back in the park. This was a fa­vorite running and dog-walk­ing path for Davis. The race is cer­ti­fied by USA Track & Field.

Race of­fi­cials are still look­ing for cor­po­rate spon­sors. Spon­sors will have the com­pany’s logo on the back of the race T-shirts and other mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als. The dead­line for be­com­ing a cor­po­rate spon­sor is Feb 5. Call 7604300 to spon­sor.

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SCHOL­AR­SHIP RE­CIP­I­ENTS: NPC stu­dents Ye­se­nia Al­tami­rano, left, and Paige Mor­phew are the 2019 Van Davis Memo­rial 5K Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents.

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