Wesley Gwaltney of Batesville (Independence County), a rising senior majoring in creative media production at Arkansas State University, is the 2018 recipient of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Marvin Vines Memorial Scholarship. The award was announced at the College of Media and Communications Student Honors banquet April 11.
Wesley is the son of Woodrow and Sandra Gwaltney. He expects to graduate in May 2019 and has a 3.56 overall grade point average and 3.6 GPA in his major. He has been named to the Chancellor’s and Dean’s List for academic achievement and was inducted into the A-State Honors College.
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 A-State.
Gwaltney’s extra-curricular activities include working as an ESPN3 crew member for the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Soccer Championship and Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championship, both in Alabama. He plans to pursue a career in television or radio sports broadcasting.
In addition to the Vines scholarship, Gwaltney has also received the A-State Pride Scholarship.
“In a way Mr. Vines story lives on through me,” Gwaltney said. “There are great accomplishments, great people represented through some of these scholarships and nothing instills more pride in me than to carry on their dreams. I hope my work ethic demonstrates my appreciation.”
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 191,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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