Congratulation to the Class of 2022 Skokos Foundation AHS Mission Statement Scholarship Recipients, all recent graduates of Alma High School in Alma, Arkansas. These recipients were selected for more than just their academic excellence and community involvement, but also for their commitment to utilizing their gifts and talents to lift up others and make a purposeful difference in the lives of others. Upon reading some of the quotes from their essays below, you will celebrate with us at The Ted and Shannon Skokos Foundation knowing they are the future of our country.

Shivam Raja, Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

I began to think about my parents who immigrated to America to provide a better life for me and my sister and their struggle to live in a country that was half way around the world. I began to reflect on how so many people have contributed their time and energy for my life, and I decided that it is my obligation to share it with others.

Conner Stacy, University of Central Arkansas

I consider my mission in life to be helping others and being a guiding light through my leadership. I believe becoming an RNA (registered nurse anesthetist) will give me the chance to help others, heal strangers, and lead everyone I can in times of adversity.

Rebekah McIntosh, University of Kentucky

I have worked with special needs students starting when I was in the 6th grade. I decided I wanted to go into neuroscience to do research on disabilities and how to better the lives of the individuals.

Blaine Chambers, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The main thing I want to contribute greatly to is bringing back the economy we used to have in the 60’s and 70’s to The Arkansas River Valley. I want to make the Alma area a better place.

Samantha Baker, Arkansas Tech University

My mission in life is to love people and carry out the Gospel to help others form a relationship with God. In my career area, my mission is to be a successful veterinarian. My clinic will focus on the health and care of animals rather than on money and riches.

Ryan Morris, Arkansas Tech University

I believe that for society to succeed everyone must cooperate with each other and use their skills to benefit their communities. I wish to help create a society in which we as a people can come together to express our humanity.

Benjamin Bugaj, University of Central Arkansas

I believe that if you have the ability or opportunity to impact someone else’s life in a positive way then you have an obligation to do so. For me, practicing physical therapy will allow me to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them physically achieve their goals or regain abilities they once had.

Lucas Hayes, University of Central Arkansas

I plan to not only continue to serve my community but also work to involve my family and teach them the importance and fulfilment of giving back. Having a supportive family and serving my community has shaped me into the man I am today and I want to pay it forward to my future family.

Jillian Mills, University of Arkansas

I strive to do everything to the best of my ability, whether it’s something I’m passionate about or have never tried before.

Madelyn Adair, University of Arkansas

I believe my calling is to pursue a degree in criminology/criminal justice in order to help make our country and our world a safer place for future generations.