Friends Offers Scholarships

Realizing that healthy rivers mean healthy communities, Friends of the Rivers is dedicated to the education of young adults and others who will serve as citizens to assure water quality by working in water policy and the management of our natural resources in the near future. 

Each of Friends of the Rivers scholarships gives preference to a student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, planning on obtaining a four-year degree in biology, environmental science, fisheries management, wildlife biology, or related discipline and who participates in the Stream Team Program. 

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Arkansas State University, Mountain Home - Two (2) $1000 scholarships are awarded annually, $500 per semester.  Eligible recipients must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the Department of Life Sciences.  The total funds in the scholarship are intended to be awarded annually, split between fall and spring semesters. For more information about this or other scholarships at ASUMH, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by calling (870) 508-6195.

Anna Lang, current Scholarship Recipient at ASUMH is congratulated by Friends President, Steve Blumreich, Dr. Eddie Dry, Past President Sam Cooke,and Stream Team Board member, Mike Jirka.


Lyon College, Batesville, AR 

This annual scholarship of $1000, established in the name of Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, Inc. will be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing a course of study in biology, environmental science, fisheries management, wildlife biology or related discipline and who participates in the Stream Team Program.  Preference will be given to a student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Image titleContributions and additions to the fund shall be administered by the Lyon College Scholarship Foundation on behalf of the Lyon College Biology Department.  The total funds in the scholarship are intended to be awarded annually, split between fall and spring semesters.
Selection of recipients shall be made by the Chair of the Department, or authorized committee, with awards made in accordance with the Office of Student Financial Aid.  Scholarships may be renewed.  For more information contact Gina Garrett, ED Advancement at Lyon College. (870) 307-7557 and visit WEB lyon.edu


Samantha Westcott, a Batesville native, is a senior at Lyon College, majoring in Biology, Chemistry, and French. She is currently applying to graduate PhD programs where she can pursue her interests in environmental research. Samantha has expressed a keen interest in white nose bat syndrome.

Sam Cooke, Immediate Past President of Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers (left) and Gina Lynette, Executive Director of Advancement at Lyon College, congratulate Samantha Westcott, (center) recipient of Friends $1000 annualscholarship.



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The Mountain Home Education Foundation 

The Mountain Home Education Foundation scholarship is awarded to a MHHS student pursuing a course of study in biology, environmental science, fisheries management, wildlife biology or a related discipline.  This person must also agree to participate in the Mountain Home High School Stream Team. The scholarship is $1,000 for the 2018-2019 school year and Michael is enrolled at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, AR where he will be studying Fisheries Biology.  Michael has been an avid fly fisherman since he was young and is an avid fly tyer.  He recognizes the importance of protecting water resources and has been active in the Mountain Home High School Stream Team where Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers conducts water quality studies on Dodd Creek located on the ASU Mountain Home campus.

The FNWR Scholarship recipients will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in an accredited college or university. Selection of the recipient is made by authorized persons on behalf of the Foundation with guidance from the Stream Team faculty advisor.  The scholarship may be awarded as part of MHEF's Promise Program and may be renewed.  For more information visit https://www.mountainhomeeducationfoundation.com/.


Steve Blumreich, President of Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, Michael Schraeder, and Mollie Morgan, Executive Director of the Mountain Home Education Foundation.


Friends focus is the Middle Section of the White River, five counties, Baxter, Marion, Stone, Izard and Independence. Scholarships are made possible by the financial support of dedicated Board members and Friends of the Rivers overall membership participation.

To discuss establishing scholarships at other institutions of higher learning please contact Friends of the Rivers riverfriend@friendsoftherivers.org


Previous scholarship recipients are highlighted here below:


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Congratulations to Gabriel Apple! – ASUMH student and honoree at a recent Arkansas State University, Mountain Home Scholarship Luncheon.

Gabriel  was the Academic 2015 recipient of Friends Scholarship at ASUMH and is being honored here at an Awards Luncheon attended by students, faculty and scholarship donors.  He is seen here, being congratulated by Mr. Bill Stovall,  Executive Director of Arkansas Community Colleges.

Gabriel states, “Of all the awards or recognition I could get, receiving a scholarship to ASUMH had the most impact on my life.  Not only did it recognize my hard work, but it gave me an opportunity to better myself.  It was a life-changing moment for me.  I realized for the first time in my life that I could be more than I ever thought I could be, and that someone else recognized that potential in me. “


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In 2014,  student Michael Hilton of Horseshoe Bend, AR, first recipient of Friends scholarship, is congratulated here by Dr. Eddie Dry, and Jane Darr, Friends of the Rivers Board members.







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