A scholarship boost: Greene County couple provides for education of future farmers.
M.A. "Mack" West and his wife, Vestal vestal (vĕs`təl), in Roman religion, priestess of Vesta. The vestals were first two, then four, then six in number. While still little girls, they were chosen from prominent Roman families to serve for 30 (originally 5) years, during which , never had any children.
But that didn't prevent them from sending kids to college.
Vestal West, who died in May 1991, became aware of the Greene County Greene County is the name of fourteen counties in the United States of America, each named in honor of American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene:
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. of area students by reading an article in the Paragould Daily Press.
The article inspired her to make a request in her will -- the establishment of the M.A. "Mack" West Scholarship Fund as part of the GCSF GCSF Granulocyte Cell Stimulating Factor
GCSF Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway Company (also abbreviated GC&SF) .
Scholarships provided by the fund will honor the memory of "Mack" West, who died in 1987 at age 90. The Wests, who were married for more than 40 years, operated West-Nash Motors, an International Harvester International Harvester Company (IHC or IH; now Navistar International Corporation) was an agricultural machinery, construction equipment, vehicle, commercial truck, and household and commercial products manufacturer. farm equipment dealership in Greene County.
Almost $180,000 has gone to the Arkansas Community Foundation, a Little Rock-based, non-profit organization A non-profit organization (abbreviated "NPO", also "non-profit" or "not-for-profit") is a legally constituted organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes. that administers the GCSF.
Donis Hamilton, the Wests' attorney, says once taxes are paid on the estate, the fund could reach $500,000.
Other organizations that will benefit from the estate include the Greene County Humane Society A humane society is a group that aims to stop animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons. Examples
Examples of humane societies include: The Humane Society of the United States, Peninsula Humane Society, American Humane which was founded in 1877 as a network of , the Children's Homes of Paragould, Arkansas Methodist Hospital at Paragould, the Arkansas Nature Conservancy and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at Memphis, Tenn.
"They lived there all of their lives," Hamilton says of the couple's devotion to Greene County.
The scholarship fund will aid students who plan to pursue a career in agriculture or a related field, Hamilton says.
The scholarships are available to students of technical or trade schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities and graduate schools.
"Both my late husband and I were acutely aware of the need for our farmers to be better educated in this day of rapid technological advancements," Vestal West wrote in her will.
She said her husband was "appreciative of the many loyal farm customers from Greene County."
Mack West was known in Greene County for his generosity and his business sense. A master mechanic, West held several patents on machinery, including one he sold to International Harvester.
West served as a state senator from 1957 to 1961 and as chairman of the state Board of Pardons Part of the executive branch of state government authorized to grant pardons, and restore civil and political rights, to individuals convicted of crimes. A pardon, in the legal sense, releases an individual from punishment or penalty, but does not necessarily exonerate them of guilt. and Paroles.
Aside from running his equipment dealership, West's interests included aviation (from owning his own airplane to running the county's first airport) and oil exploration. According to Hamilton, West drilled Greene County's first and only oil well, located near the Coffman community.
The GCSF is one of about 170 funds with assets of $9 million that the Arkansas Community Foundation manages. The ACF (Advanced Communications Function) An earlier official product line name for IBM SNA programs, such as VTAM (ACF/VTAM) and NCP (ACF/NCP).
ACF - Advanced Communications Function , founded 16 years ago, carries out the philanthropic requests of various donors and provides public information on the importance of philanthropy.
The GCSF was established in 1988. Thirty-three students were awarded scholarships totaling $8,500 that year. This year, 150 Greene County high school seniors were awarded 183 scholarships totaling $55,000.