The Rankin Chapel-TJ and Ethel V. Kearney Education Fund recently awarded its 2019 scholarships to four graduating seniors, according to a news release.


The fund awarded $1,000 academic scholarships to Charles Woodyard of Grady, who graduates from Star City High School, and Pratik M. Nathu of Dumas, who graduates from Dumas High School.


Rayvn Ward of Star City school received a $250 essay writing award for outstanding composition and Alexandria Jackson of Star City school received a $200 book award, according to the release.


The Kearney Family of Gould and Rankin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Gould founded the fund in December 2013.


The scholarships have been awarded for four years. Students from Lincoln and Desha counties are invited to apply for the scholarships. The award criteria is based on students’ grade point averages, community and school activities, financial need and essay compositions, according to the release.


The fund is named in part for the Kearneys.


“Thomas James Kearney died in December 2013, while his wife, Ethel passed in March 1982. They were cotton sharecroppers in Lincoln County for more than 75 years,” according to the release. “Their legacy includes contributions to their community, their church and their family. The couple had 19 children, 17 of whom were raised in Lincoln county, and all of whom attended Rankin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.”


“In spite of their poverty, 18 of their 19 children were college graduates, two worked for a U.S. President, several worked for Arkansas Governors and served as judges and attorneys,” according to the release.


Details: Rankin Chapel TJ and Ethel V. Kearney Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 512, Gould, AR, 71643, or writersinc@sbcglobal.net .