Honors College Establishes “Remembering Shelby Rhodes” Scholarship

JONESBORO – The Honors College at Arkansas State University, through the generosity of donors, announced the establishment of the “Remembering Shelby” scholarship. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse and Rebecca Oliver, director of the Honors College, outlined the details surrounding the scholarship during an announcement, Friday, Dec. 1, in the Administration Building lobby.

The scholarship honors the memory of Shelby Rhodes of Sheridan, an Honors student who died in an automobile accident Aug. 10. Rhodes, who was entering her senior year, was to be president of the Honors College Association (HCA).

“I contacted Shelby’s parents, who I have known since Shelby was at Sheridan High School, a couple of weeks after her passing to ask for permission to try and raise the funds to endow a scholarship in Shelby’s name,” said Rebecca Oliver, director of the Honors College. “They were more than gracious in giving us their blessing.”

“This scholarship will live on in perpetuity and will be awarded to countless generations of A-State Honors students,” commented Damphousse. “No university, no chancellor ever wants to have a scholarship named after a student who passed away before his or her time. But, Shelby Rhodes is most deserving of this honor and her legacy and contribution to A-State will live on because of this scholarship.”    MORE

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