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Haskett Jacoway Scholarship Memorializes One Life, Changes Another
/ July 23, 2015
 Ann Ivey, niece of Mary Helen Haskett Jacoway, and 2015 Jacoway
 Scholarship Recipient Yvonne Dominguez Matadamas
This fall, dozens of Arkansas students will pursue their higher education dreams with financial assistance from scholarship funds managed by the Community Foundation. Congrats, 2015 scholarship recipients!

We’re honored to partner with the local families, businesses and individuals who have created these scholarship funds to invest in Arkansas students.  Each scholarship has its own special story, encompassing the lives of the people who create and inspire the scholarship and the people who benefit from its support.

The Haskett Jacoway Scholarship was established by the late Mary Helen Haskett Jacoway (1916-2011), a Little Rock Central High School graduate who loved education and volunteering. Her niece, Ann Ivey, recalled, “She was not able to go to college herself, and that was her desire – she wanted to be able to help others go and thought a scholarship would be a good use of her money.”  After a career in medical records at the V.A. hospital at Fort Roots in North Little Rock, Jacoway went on to an active second career as a volunteer at St. Vincent Infirmary, logging almost 4,000 hours of service.

Celebrating Jacoway’s commitment to learning and giving back, the Haskett Jacoway Scholarship is awarded annually to a Central High graduate who has shown dedication to volunteerism and school activities, while maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade point average.    

This year’s recipient, Yvonne Dominguez Matadamas, shares Jacoway’s love of volunteerism. “I feel like helping others is important because not everybody has the same opportunities,” she said. “I know my parents struggled while I was growing up. I want to be the help for others that I wish had been available for my parents.” Dominguez plans to attend the University of Arkansas, where she will major in chemistry. Her ultimate goal, she says, is “to become a doctor and help people in my Spanish-speaking community.” While attending Central High, Dominguez interned at Baptist Health and participated in the French Club, National Honor Society and Beta Club.

“I’m very pleased that Yvonne was this year’s winner,” said Ann Ivey. “She’s just the kind of student my aunt would have wanted to receive this scholarship.”

 Find Out How You Can Create a Scholarship Fund

Creating a scholarship fund at Arkansas Community Foundation can be a way for you and your family to make a deep impact on the life of a student seeking higher education. To learn more about the options available to you, contact Chief Development Officer Ashley Coldiron at or 501-372-1116.

 Students: Learn How to Apply for a Community Foundation Scholarship

We accept applications for dozens of scholarships each year between Feb. 1 and April 1. Browse our scholarships database and learn more about our process and how you can prepare for next year's application window. 

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