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MilWay Credit Union Awards Four $1,000 Scholarships Plus One Special Donald G. Smith Memorial Scholarship


The Donald G. Smith Scholarship was created in 1996 to honor retired MilWay FCU president, Don Smith. Mr. Smith served as our president from 1970 until 1995, at which time he retired. In 2012, the board voted to increase the number of scholarships to four in the amount of $1000 each ($500 per semester.) The scholarships are awarded during the first week in July of each year, with applications accepted during the month of May. Applicants must be a member of MilWay FCU, must be enrolled as a full-time college undergraduate student and must maintain a 2.50 grade point average.

*The one-time Donald G. Smith Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Mr. Smith who passed away this past February. Caedmon Kyles is the recipient of this scholarship.



Brennan Ashmore - Student - Southern Arkansas University

Ashmore, the 21-year-old son of Brian and Shirilana Ashmore of Texarkana, Ark., is currently attending Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR.  He is working on receiving a degree in business administration, majoring in accounting and financial analysis. After his undergraduate work he plans on enrolling in law school

Madison Atchley - Student - Ouachita Baptist University

Atchley, the 19-year-old daughter of James Atchley and Kristy Taylor of Texarkana, AR, is currently attending Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia where she is majoring in psychology and sociology with completing her masters after graduating with her bachelors. 

Caedmon Kyles* -  Student - University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Kyles, the 19-year-old son of Clinton and Sarah Kyles of Texarkana, AR, is currently a student at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette where he plans on graduating with a degree in environmental science.  Upon graduation, he will start his career as a Soil Conservation Technician to help agricultural landowners grow healthy and productive crops while preserving the land.

Spencer Patterson - 2021 Ashdown High School Graduate

Patterson, the 18-year-old son of John and Tracey Patterson of Ashdown, AR will attend Arkansas Tech University where he plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering and work in the biotechnology field after graduation. 

Lily Sewell - Student - Ouachita Baptist University

Sewell, the 19-year-old daughter of Shelby Sewell of Texarkana, Texas, is attending Ouachita Baptist University where she is a double major in Accounting and Finance with the intention of sitting for the CPA exam upon graduation.  


The Donald G. Smith Scholarship was created in 1996 to honor retired MilWay president, Don Smith. Mr. Smith served as our president from 1970 until 1995, at which time he retired. In 2012, the board voted to increase the number of scholarships to four in the amount of $1,000 each ($500 per semester).

Applicants must be a member of MilWay Credit Union, must be enrolled as a full time college undergraduate student and must maintain a 2.50 grade point average.

Many of our recipients have been very successful in their studies and have gone on to professional and rewarding careers. Not only is it exciting to see these students excel, it is an honor for us to award these scholarships in Don Smith’s name.