Four seniors in Conway schools were recently awarded financial scholarships for college on behalf of the Conway Kiwanis Club.

Jim Wiltgen, the scholarship committee chair for the organization, told the Log Cabin Democrat that this year the club decided to honor the late Stanley Russ and award the scholarships in his name.

"This is the first year we have named it in honor of Stanley Russ in recognition of his work as a state senator to support education in Arkansas," he said.

The scholarship, open to all students at Conway High School, Conway Christian and St. Joseph, was received by students who planned on attending Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas or Hendrix College for the upcoming academic year.

Wiltgen said the recipients received $1,000 — not renewable — for their first year of college.

The club presented the following students the scholarships during an award lunch: St. Joseph student Emily Flake, the daughter of John and Christina; Conway High School’s Ian McCauley, the son of Vicki and Chuck; Conway Christian’s Carly Lawrence, daughter of Rocky and Debra; and Conway High School’s Syndey Hawkins.

Lawrence said she was surprised to have received the scholarship, especially because she turned in her application at the last minute, but also grateful and honored to receive it.

The 18 year old said it felt great to be picked out of so many and judged by her achievements to ultimately receive the scholarship that would help her when she begins this next stage of her life.

Lawrence said she was notified about a week before Conway Christian’s graduation ceremony.

One of the best parts, she said, was her name being announced during the school’s senior award assembly, especially because that was the first time the school heard who had received it.

Having her dad, mom and family present for that moment was amazing, Lawrence said.

The recent graduate said she plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas in the fall and plans to complete the nursing program.

Lawrence said the scholarship will play a huge part in that goal and that she is thankful for the support from the Conway Kiwanis.

One of the things she said she is looking forward to the most come fall. is working toward her degree, gaining knowledge and being able to help and serve people along the way with nursing, while gaining friends and life experience through her years in college.

As for this summer, she said she plans to work in her mother’s office — Debra is a doctor — and gain experience.

The Conway Kiwanis Club has been awarding scholarships to Conway students for the past 35 years.