McLarty Automotive Group is investing in young Arkansans’ futures by giving away over $20,000 of scholarships during the school year. Each month for nine months, a high school student will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship so that they can continue their education.
The scholarships are all about “making a difference in the kids’ lives,” David Surguine of McLarty Automotive Group in Little Rock says. The McLartys started their automobile business in 1921, and they’re always looking for ways to give back and serve the community, Surguine says.
“We wanted to go out and recognize these students academically,” he says. McLarty aims to give these scholarships to students who excel, students who are driven. That’s why the nominating process is done by school officials.
“We’re asking the teachers to tell us who these students are,” Surguine says. Teachers and guidance counselors can visit www.mclartyauto.com/mclartydriveseducation.htm and fill out the McLarty Auto Group Scholarship Application for their students. They’ll need to give a little bit of information about the student, like where the student wants to go to college, the student’s contact information and the parent’s contact information.
School officials will also need to explain why the student is a good candidate for the scholarship in 500 words or less.
The most recent scholarship was awarded to a Central High School senior last week. That was the second one McLarty has given out, Surguine says.
Surguine called high schooler Jenifer Carmona-Garcia “very deserving.”
“She was exactly what we’re looking for,” Steve Jacuzzi, the founder/owner of CenterRock Advertising, says. CenterRock and KATV are working with McLarty Automotive to present the scholarships.
Carmona-Garcia says that, because of her status as a DACA student, it can be hard to find scholarships she’s eligible for. So winning this award was a pleasant surprise.
“I was so happy,” she says. “I was surprised. I was thankful.”
Carmona-Garcia helps tutor other students, is president of multiple clubs and has performed over 100 hours of community service, Jacuzzi says.
She hopes to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is interested in social work.
Jacuzzi says they’ll give the scholarships out until May during the school year. According to Surguine, the May scholarship won’t be the last one to go to a student.
“Our plans are to do it each year, the nine months that school is in session,” Surguine says.