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Gray awarded Farm Bureau Vines Scholarship

4/18/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Japhanie Gray of Blytheville (Mississippi County), a sophomore broadcast journalism major at Arkansas State University, is the 2013 recipient of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Marvin Vines Memorial Scholarship. The award was announced at the University’s College of Communications Honors Banquet April 17.

Gray, 20, is the daughter of Stephanie and Leon Gray. She is on track to graduate in May, 2015 and hopes to pursue a career in video production or graphic design. She has a 4.0 overall grade point average. 

Arkansas Farm Bureau endows the scholarship, which honors the memory of Marvin Vines, farm director for more than 25 years at Little Rock radio station KAAY. Since 1980, it’s been awarded annually to a broadcast major at Arkansas State.
Gray has gained valuable experience in television production having the opportunity to work as a crew member and cable puller for several local sporting events broadcast by ESPN and a remote broadcast with Gary Jones Productions. She has also assisted with the annual United Cerebral Palsy Telethon.
“I hope to take the skills I’m able to obtain here in college and chart a career path in video production and broadcasting,” Gray said. “I plan to pursue opportunities in television news to gain experience in reporting, then one day, produce and host my own show focused on community service and health awareness. Long term I may return to school to obtain a teaching degree so I may share the wisdom and knowledge I’ve gained with others.”

Japhanie Gray of Blytheville (Mississippi County) received the Arkansas Farm Bureau Marvin Vines Memorial Scholarship from Mike Doyle, chairman of the Marvin Vines Scholarship Committee. Gray is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She was presented the award April 17 at the university's annual College of Communications awards banquet.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Ken Moore
(501) 228-1512
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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