2013 Best Buy Scholarship Program: Students that hit the books and help their communities, 9th – 12th Grade Students Eligible

Best Buy Scholarship Program

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2013 Best Buy Scholarship Program– Students That Hit the Books and Help Their Communities

Best Buy and Best Buy Children’s Foundation serve a diverse population of young teens by providing access to opportunities for teens through technology. Through its support of out-of-school programs, Best Buy is a conduit for teens to reach development opportunities that are important to them.  Best Buy will help teens develop the technology skills they will need for success in college, careers and life….and when they’re ready, we’ll help students in grades 9-12 reach their dreams of college by providing access to education through the Best Buy Scholarship Program.

This year the program will award scholarships to students in grades 9-12 living in the U.S. or Puerto Rico who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate course of study upon high school graduation.

1,100 students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. If you’re a 9-12 grade student who plans to attend post-secondary education, have solid grades and are involved in community service or have work experience, we encourage you to apply!  (Previous winners are ineligible to apply).

Since 1999, Best Buy has provided over $20.7 million in scholarship funds to help 16,545 students attend college.

How to Apply

The application period opens December 26, 2012 and closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on February 15, 2013.  A helpful hint…..don’t wait until the last couple days to apply as the site experiences heavy traffic at the close of the program.  No late applications will be accepted.  Winners will be announced on at http://pr.bby.com in early May 2012. Be sure to check back to http://pr.bby.com at that time.

Are You Ready To Get Started?

Click here to be directed to the application.  Please be sure to read over the application and Frequently Asked Questions.


Arkansas Ornaments designed by Rockefeller Elementary Students adorn National Tree in Washington, D.C.

Rockefeller Early Childhood and Elementary Magnet School 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders under the tutelage of artist and art teacher, Sharon Boyd-Struthers designed Christmas ornaments representing the State of Arkansas for the National Tree and Lighting in Washington, D.C.


Christmas Pathways of Peace
excerpt from website (The National Tree – www.thenationaltree.org)

Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans to hang on 56 trees – one for every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia – that surround the National Christmas Tree.  Artists and volunteers have given their time and talents to design and create tree ornaments that symbolize the history, heritage and culture of their homelands.


Artist:  Sharon Boyd-Struthers
Sponsors:  Rockefeller Elementary students
About:  The ornaments are assemblage, using tooling metal, natural Arkansas resources and mixed media.  Our focus included the legacy that (late Governor) Winthrop Rockefeller left our state, having initiated great social and economic strides, which make our state, a most grand one, what it is today.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Christmas the natural (state) way

LR school’s ornaments hang out in Washington, D.C.

by Frank Lockwood

LITTLE ROCK — Some gifted young Little Rock artists are sharing handmade holiday ornaments and a brief Arkansas history lesson with the nation’s capital this month.

The Christmas ornaments, created by students at Rockefeller Elementary School, adorn one of the 56 evergreen trees on the Christmas Pathway of Peace. Besides celebrating the season, the clear plastic orbs also pay tribute to the school’s namesake, the late Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, on the centennial of his birth.  (To read the rest of this article click here)

Google initiative helps get Arkansas businesses online: Pryor helps launch new program for small ba






Google initiative helps get Arkansas business online: Pryor helps launch new program for small business owners

by Gavin Lesnik
Monday, August 13, 2012
Arkansas Democrat – Gazette
Arkansas Online

LITTLE ROCK – Sen. Mark Pryor on Monday helped introduce a new program sponsored by Google that gives local businesses free tools and training to create a website.

Organizers say Arkansas falls below the national average in percentage of small businesses with an online presence, an issue the Google-sponsored Arkansas Get Your Business Online initiative is aimed at correcting.

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News Release: Truck driving program to employ Arkansans

For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2011
Contact Person and Phone Number: Kimberly Friedman (501) 682-3125

Truck driving program to employ Arkansans

 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is pleased to announce the resumption of the Truck Driver Training Pilot Initiative.

DWS is partnering with Arkansas State University – Newport and the Arkansas Trucking Association to offer the program.

All tuition and related training expenses are forgiven if the applicant completes a four-week training course at the Commercial Driver Training Institute at Arkansas State University – Newport and remains on the job for at least one year.

Four Arkansas companies, Maverick USA, Stallion Transportation Group, Tyson Foods and Willis Shaw Express, expect to hire up to 300 graduates at wages exceeding $35,000 the first year.

The job training program was suspended in late 2009 due to the recession and the economic downturn. But the transportation industry is now experiencing a shortage of qualified truck drivers, which necessitated the resumption of the program.

“The state of Arkansas is bringing back an important program to train people who are willing to work for a rewarding career as a professional truck driver,” Gov. Mike Beebe said. “Companies tell us that the demand for truck drivers is there, and we want to find Arkansans to fill those jobs.”

 For more information, go to www.truckingarkansas.com or call 1-888-701-8981.

Neighborhood Watch: Missing Person

Annie Kathleen O'Neal

Annie Kathleen O'Neal

Endangered Runaway
, (Pettaway resident) Age Now: 14, Missing: 06/13/2011.  Missing from Little Rock, AR.  Anyone Having Information Should Contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (1.800.843.5678/1.800.The.Lost) or The Little Rock Police Department (501.371.4829).

  • She has a tatoo on the inside of her forearm.
  • When Annie was last seen, she had braces on her teeth.
  • She may wear glasses.

DOB:  Sep 4, 1996  Missing:  Jun 13, 2011  Age Now: 14  Sex:  Female   Race:  Black   Hair:  Brown   Eyes:  Brown   Height:  5’4″ (163 cm)    Weight:  150 lbs (68 kg)    Missing From:
LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States

Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program

$17.7  Million Now Available in Arkansas to Help Homeowners at Risk of Foreclosure with Interest Free, Forgivable Loans-Deadline for Pre-Application Worksheet is July 22

LITTLE ROCK—The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with NeighborWorks® America announced the launch of the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) today, to help homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure in Arkansas.

Congress provided $1 billion dollars to HUD, as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to implement EHLP. The program will assist homeowners who have experienced a reduction in income and are at risk of foreclosure due to involuntary unemployment, underemployment, due to economic conditions or a medical condition.  HUD allocated $17,736,991 to fund this emergency loan program in Arkansas.

The Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) can provide eligible homeowners with a 0% interest, forgivable loan that pays past-due mortgage payments (principal, interest, taxes, insurance, attorney fees), as well as a portion of the homeowner’s mortgage payment for up to 24 consecutive months, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first, and provided that certain eligibility requirements are maintained.

“Through the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program the Obama Administration is continuing our strong commitment to help keep families in their homes during tough economic times,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Working with our community partners across the nation through NeighborWorks® America, we are pleased to launch this program today in 27 states and Puerto Rico to help families keep their homes while looking for work or recovering from illness.”

The EHLP program will pay a portion of an approved applicant’s monthly mortgage including missed mortgage payments or past due charges including principal, interest, taxes, insurances, and attorney fees. EHLP is expected to aid up to 30,000 distressed borrowers, with an average loan of approximately $35,000.

Contact information for participating agencies, the Pre-Applicant Screening Worksheet and more information on the EHLP program and its eligibility requirements can be found at www.FindEHLP.org<http://www.FindEHLP.org/> or by calling toll free at 855-FIND-EHLP (346-3345).

“Through our work around the country, NeighborWorks® America knows all too well that in these tough economic times, homeowners facing foreclosure are seeking help wherever they can find it. The deadline is July 22, 2011, so we encourage homeowners to apply now in order to find out if  they qualify for this new mortgage assistance program and learn more about the many options available to assist those with housing needs,” stated Eileen M. Fitzgerald, CEO of NeighborWorks® America.

The EHLP program will be offered in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming and Puerto Rico.  Five states operating substantially similar programs are administering EHLP directly: Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

About the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov<http://www.hud.gov> and


About NeighborWorks® America

NeighborWorks® America creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Since 1991, we have assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks network ― more than 235 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $15 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.


For more information or to schedule an interview please contact of Douglas Robinson of NeighborWorks® America at 202-220-2360 or drobinson@nw.org<mailto:drobinson@nw.org>. In Arkansas, HUD is available for radio interviews-call Patricia Campbell, 817-681-9741.