Van Buren High School seniors Connor Catron and Fernando “Andy” Lopez have been selected as the 2017 recipients of Harry O. Hamm Foundation Trust scholarships.
Administered by the Citizens Bank & Trust Co. trust department, the Hamm Foundation scholarships are funded with an endowment by Harry O. Hamm.
Hamm attended elementary school in Van Buren and in death left his entire estate for the post secondary education of VBHS graduates. The individual scholarship awards are worth up to $8,000 per academic year for up to five years.
Catron has served his community as a volunteer football and baseball coach at the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren and volunteer for the Dental Smile Drive, Salvation Army Ring the Bell and the Crawford County Republican Party headquarters.
At VBHS, Catron was member of the baseball and golf teams, Partner’s Club, Mu Alpha Theta and Beta Club and is a member of the Teenage Republican Society. He became a member of National Honor Society in 2015 and participated in the district National Honor Day his senior year.
Catron plans to major in biology at the University of Central Arkansas with the occupational goal of becoming an endocrinologist. He will spend his 2017 summer as a lifeguard at the Alma Aquatic Park.
Connor Catron is the son of Kyle and Melissa Catron.
Lopez’s community involvement includes serving as a volunteer at Christ the King Conformation Retreat, Special Olympics basketball and Junior Scientist Night, and he has helped plant flowers at the Van Buren city park.
At VBHS, Lopez played on the soccer team and in the marching band for the past four years. He was a member of Partner’s Club, Hosa Club and Mu Alpha Theta, and attended Governor’s School in 2016 and was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2017.
Lopez plans to major in biology at the University of Arkansas with the occupational goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. He is employed by American Eagle Outfitters.
Andy Lopez is the son of Cesar and Ana Lopez.