Mayrel is a dedicated student with a plan for success.  She came to Springdale from Rogers in first grade attending Bayyari, then Turnbow before finishing her elementary education at Monitor. She continued on to J.O. Kelly and George Jr. High, completing her education at Springdale High School where she enrolled in medical classes. Through these classes, she was able to explore her interest in the medical field and refine her goal to become certified as a Surgical Tech II, hoping to eventually work at the new Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale.  Mayrel will begin studying surgical technology at Northwest Technical Institute and follow that with classes at Northwest Arkansas Community College to receive her certification.  The medical classes at Springdale High School prepared her and while she learned that the medical field is not an easy one, her love for modern medicine leaves her eager to start a career that will give her the opportunity to help keep people healthy and even save lives. She knows that medicine is a secure career choice because people will always require medical care. Although she expects the classes to be intense, she feels prepared for the challenge especially knowing that she will receive her certification in 11 months. This scholarship will help with tuition and will allow her to really focus on her studies at Northwest Technical Institute where she will begin taking classes fall 2017. Through the generosity of the Springdale Rotary Club her path to achieve her goals will be easier, knowing that her tuition is covered.

The new Springdale Rotary Workforce Readiness Scholarship is a two-year renewable scholarship paying $1,000 per year. It is awarded to a graduate of Springdale Public Schools pursuing a vocational degree or certificate.  There was a need in our community for educational assistance which would benefit students pursuing vocational career paths. The Rotary Club of Springdale stepped in to create this opportunity. Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Mayrel Lopez Rojo!