Baptist Health-Van Buren Auxiliary Awards Scholarships to Five Local Students

VAN BUREN, Ark. – The Baptist Health-Van Buren Auxiliary recently awarded scholarships to five high school seniors from Crawford County who are interested in pursuing careers in health care. The following students were each gifted $500 to go toward their education:

  • Lloyd Leon Brothers, IV, of Van Buren High School plans to attend Central Baptist College to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and later become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Brothers is active in athletics at his school, as well as at the Van Buren Boys and Girls Club.
  • Olivia Battles, of Alma High School plans to attend Arkansas Tech University and major in Biology. Her goal is to go on to dental school to become a dentist. Battles actively volunteers in her community and has spearheaded several service projects including holiday food drives for students and care kits for foster families.
  • Owen Chenoweth, of Van Buren High School plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas and major in Biology. Chenoweth has dreams of becoming a physical therapist or physician. Because of mission trips to Honduras, Chenoweth has a desire to provide medical care there one day.
  • Saylor Wilkinson, of Van Buren High School plans to attend the University of Tulsa to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Wilkinson says that because of her own personal experience with cancer, she’d like to become a pediatric oncology nurse
  • Hannah McNeese, of Cedarville High School plans to attend the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and later further her education to become a nurse practitioner.

The scholarships were made possible thanks to fundraisers such as bake sales and silent auctions organized by members of the Baptist Health-Van Buren Auxiliary throughout the year.

Baptist Health is an Arkansas-based, locally owned and managed, not-for-profit, and faith-based health care organization. Baptist Health is also Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 access points and approximately 11,000 employees operating 11 hospitals. For more information about Baptist Health, visit or call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Five local students were awarded scholarships by the Baptist Health-Van Buren Auxiliary. Pictured (left to right) are: Billie Vandervort, Sue Walker, Lloyd Brothers, Owen Chenoweth, Hannah McNeese, Saylor Wilkinson, Olivia Battles and Pam Henderson.


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