Four graduates of Van Buren High School and a VBHS senior have been awarded a Baldor Electric Company Foundation Scholarship for the 2014-15 school year. They are:

Lauren Carr, a 2011 graduate, will return to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the fall where she is studying biology. Lauren serves as vice president of the UA Teach student organization and volunteers at Mercy Hospital. She also is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Dental – Pre-Medical Honor Society. Lauren is the daughter of Cary and Brenda Carr. Her father works for Baldor in Fort Smith.

Stephanie Carter, a 2012 graduate, studies rehabilitation science and psychology at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville where she is vice president of Zeta Tau Alpha and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Wesley Foundation. Stephanie is the daughter of Tony and Sherri Carter. Her father works for Baldor in Fort Smith.

Jessica Smith will graduate from Van Buren High School in May where she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Partners Club, Beta Club, History Club and National Honors Society. She plans to attend John Brown University in Siloam Springs in the fall where she plans to study biochemistry. Jessica is the daughter of Tonya Smith and Chris Smith. Her father works for Baldor in Fort Smith.

Drake Stafford, a 2013 graduate of VBHS, is studying finance/accounting at Oklahoma State University where he is a cheerleader, residential hall president and member of the Freshmen Business Leaders and Residential Leadership College. Drake is the son of Mark and Gina Stafford. His mother works for Baldor in Fort Smith.

Sierra Stamps, a 2012 graduate, is studying psychology at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where she is a member of Chi Alpha, Psi Chi and EPIC Volunteers at Bethlehem homeless shelter. Sierra is the daughter of Shannon and Angie Stamps. Her father works for Baldor in Fort Smith.