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New Northark scholarship makes memorializing a loved one more meaningful

Thanks to the generosity of one of North Arkansas College Foundation’s benefactors, people can honor loved ones who have passed while making a significant impact in the futures of others working hard to improve their own lives.  

Bill Stiritz, of St. Louis, Missouri, is combining his contribution with Purina Foods to create a new Northark Memorial Legacy Scholarship Fund.  Stiritz has close ties with Boone and Newton counties and is a proven supporter of higher education.  A $20,000 initial scholarship gift has been donated in memory of David Banks (1937-2013).  Raised in Harrison, David and Bill were longtime friends who attended the University of Arkansas along with many other Harrison locals.  

“I created this scholarship to pay tribute to my dear friend, David Banks.  This scholarship pays it forward by giving others a designated Memorial Legacy Fund at North Arkansas College for them to remember loved ones as they make a difference in the lives of students through scholarships,” commented Mr. Stiritz.

While each memorial donation will be received and recognized on its own accord, the Northark Memorial Legacy Scholarship Fund will serve as a conduit for memorial donations designated for scholarships. By having memorial scholarships start in the Northark Memorial Legacy Scholarship Fund, the goal for the fund is to pool these contributions to make a greater difference in the lives of those who are really struggling to make ends meet at home and at school.  This extra assistance can make the difference between taking time off to find monies to continue to attend college for another semester or actual completion of the degree.

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