BERRYVILLE, AR – Kerusso, the World’s leading source for Christian apparel products and gifts, has awarded 2011-2012 academic year scholarships for the Larry Wicker Vocational Education Scholarship and the Scholarship For Higher Education to local students, Kolton Johnson and Eric Holman.
Mr. Kolton Johnson, a recent graduate of Eureka Springs High School, is the recipient of the $500.00 Larry Wicker Vocational Scholarship. He excelled in vocational studies and plans to continue his vocational education at the Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Johnson will begin his studies on September 26 and hopes to ultimately apply his skills with either Caterpillar or John Deere. “I’m a good, hard worker and want a good future – a big future. I want to go somewhere,” stated Mr. Johnson. “The scholarship will definitely help me with my school expenses.” The Eureka Springs High School Larry Wicker Vocational Education Scholarship was started by Vic Kennett, President and CEO of Kerusso, and a 1981 graduate of Eureka Springs High School. Kennett said, “I started this scholarship, because I wanted to honor a man who made quite an impact on my life.” He went on to say, “Those two years of Shop under Larry Wicker better prepared me for life and business more than all my other high school and university classes combined.” Berryville High School graduate, Mr. Eric Holman, is the recipient of a $500.00 Kerusso Scholarship For Higher Education. Eric ranked 21st in his class while taking Advanced Placement English, English Composition, Calculus, and College Algebra. He is also active in community service and has numerous acknowledgments including All-Conference Football, the KURM Football Dream Team, Pitcher-of-the-Year, Player-of-the-Week for Football and Baseball contributions, and Rotary Student of the Month. Mr. Holman plans to major in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. The Berryville High School Scholarship For Higher Education is awarded to a deserving student who has kept at least a 3.0 grade average, and has been a member of FBLA, FCCLA or FCA. Kerusso has been awarding annual scholarships to deserving students since 2004.