A fun time was had by all who attended Pulaski Tech night at Dickey-Stephens Park June 24, but the happiest person in the ballpark was current Pulaski Tech student Jennifer Williamson, who won a free scholarship in a drawing.
The college had a table at which attendees could sign up for a scholarship; the winner would be selected in the seventh inning. Prompted by a friend, Williamson made a last-minute decision to attend the game. Prior to arriving she was oblivious to the Pulaski Tech promotion but put her name in the hat when the saw the PTC table.
She jumped for joy when her name was drawn. The scholarship is for up to two years for full-time students who maintain at least a 3.0 grade average and who attend consecutive semesters. A second-year student, Williamson meets all of the criteria and then some- she has a 3.66 grade point average.
She has been attending Pulaski Tech without financial assistance her from family or from other financial aid such as student loans or grants. She found that paying her way while working full time as a waitress and attending college is a huge challenge. Ironically, Williamson received a letter from the college the day she won the scholarship. The letter informed her that she had been dropped from her summer II class for non-payment.
That problem was solved right away.
"I cannot express enough how grateful I am to be receiving this scholarship!" Williamson said. "This changed my life in such a great way! I went from beyond stressed about my future and finance to so unbelievably happy and confident in knowing that I am going to graduate! I love Pulaski Tech!"
To add to the excitement, PTC President Dan F. Bakke threw out the first pitch before the Arkansas Travelers pulled out a 2-0 victory over the Springfield Cardinals.
"We know that many of our students struggle financially," said Dr. Bakke. "I am delighted that a current student who has already demonstrated her ability to succeed can benefit from this scholarship. On behalf of the college, I wish Jennifer the best as she pursues her Pulaski Tech education."