Ashdown High Student Receives Cooper Tire Scholarship
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company recently announced high school graduates who had been selected to receive company scholarships to pursue higher education, including Ashdown High School student Addison Smedley.
Smedley received a Cooper Centennial Scholarship valued at $ 1,000. The Cooper Centennial Scholarship is in its seventh year and was created to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary in 2014. The scholarship is available to children of Cooper employees in the United States who are outstanding high school students and will be pursuing diplomas in a college, university or technical school.
Smedley is the daughter of David Smedley, a tire inspector at Cooper’s Texarkana, Arkansas, and his wife Britany. Addison graduated as a Salvatorian from Ashdown High School in Ashdown, Arkansas, and this fall he will be pursuing a speech-language pathology degree at Harding University.
In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Addison served as a Class Officer in her first year and Student Council Secretary in her final year. She has been active in SkillsUSA, an organization of career and technical students, as well as the Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America.
âI am honored to be the recipient of the Cooper Tire and Rubber Company Centennial Scholarship,â said Smedley.
Cooper’s scholarship programs are administered by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, an independent philanthropic agency that manages nearly 450 funds, including 135 scholarships. To be considered for these awards, each student must submit an entry and an essay.
An independent committee of the Community Foundation then selects the winners. Since the creation of these two funds, Cooper has awarded scholarships to 37 students.