Lynn Hopper Scholarship Honors Memory of Arkansas Pest Industry Businessman
The college scholarship offered by the Arkansas Pest Management Association (APMA) was named the Lynn Hopper Memorial Scholarship to honor a founder of Hopper Termite and Pest Management in Mountain Home. The scholarship now provides up to 4 scholarships of $1000 for college expenses per semester and will be awarded annually for an academic year.
The first scholarship, originally $500 per semester, was awarded for the Fall 2003 semester. Application deadline is February 1st of each year.
David Hopper, son of the late Lynn Hopper, said his father had been a very active member of the Arkansas Pest Management Association for more than 30 years, president for two terms, and a board member. "Having been such an active member, this is something he would have been proud of because he was dedicated to the association and had supported the scholarship," said David, a partner in the Mountain Home business with his cousin, Mark Hopper. He said planning was underway for the scholarship before his father’s death, but it was named in his honor following Lynn Hopper’s death.
Eligibility criteria include being a full-time student with a minimum 2.5 GPA or GED equivalent and a current Arkansas resident. An essay about the applicant’s future plans and three letters of recommendation are required. The scholarship may be awarded to the same recipient in successive years, and preference may be given to students with family members who are members in good standing of the sponsoring organization (APMA).
Scholarship winners are invited to the APMA General Membership Meeting in every July for check presentation and recognition. An article and photo are then published in the APMA newsletter and press releases can be sent to local publications if the winner so chooses as well.
Members of the Hopper family continue to be active in the Arkansas Pest Management Association, actively serving on the Board, on committees, and continuing to support the scholarship fund. Their family legacy of contributions to this organization are appreciated.