Van Buren High School seniors Sidnee Carter and Elizabeth Nelson have been selected as the 2016 recipients of the Harry O. Hamm Foundation Trust scholarships.
Administered by the Trust Department of Citizens Bank & Trust Co., the Hamm Foundation scholarships are funded from an endowment by former Sophia Meyer School student Harry O. Hamm, who left his entire estate for the post-secondary education of Van Buren High School graduates.
The individual scholarship awards are for up to $8,000 per academic year for up to five years.
Sidnee is the daughter of William and Sherri Carter. She plans to study marketing and management at Arkansas Tech University with a goal of one day owning her own business.
At VBHS, Sidnee was a member of the varsity volleyball team and participated in Mu Alpha
Theta, Beta and Optimist clubs. She has been on the honor roll and has received awards for academic excellence for the past four years.
Sidnee also received the 2016 scholar athlete award and was chosen for the 2016 VBHS homecoming court. She has volunteered for Special Olympics track and field day and as a Van Buren peewee volleyball coach.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Woody and Cindy Nelson. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in commercial songwriting and the recording industry, with the occupational goal of becoming a songwriter and performer.
She participated in cheer, volleyball, National Honor Society, talent show and choir at VBHS. She was named choir member of the year in 2014 and was a 2015 Girls State representative.
Elizabeth volunteers in her church and community and has been the lead singer in the youth band for the past four years. She is employed by First Place Preschool.
Tuesday night, both Sidnee and Elizabeth were recognized as Arkansas Scholars.