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Abilene University Students Have Received Scholarships from Harmony Family Services Inc. on Sept. 28

By Gary Ellison Associate Director University Relations



ABILENE, Texas – Five local university students have been selected to receive the 2009/2010 Pauline B. Simpson scholarship presented by Harmony Family Services Inc. William G. Core, chair of the Harmony Family Services Board of Directors, did present the recipients with their Fall semester checks of $1,250 at a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at McMurry University’s Furr Welcome Center. Recipients of the 2009-2010 Pauline B. Simpson Scholarships are: McMurry University Sociology Department – Fiona Smith Hardin-Simmons University Social Work Department – Brenna Harp Hardin-Simmons University Bible/Psychology Department – Benjamin Ooi Abilene Christian University Social Work Department – Gloria Fields, Molly Mulholland In 1984 Newby and Pauline Simpson made provision for an estate trust that would be used in part to benefit Harmony Family Services. The Simpsons had designated these funds to provide educational opportunities for deserving students as designated by Harmony’s Board of Directors. Since 1987, numerous foster children, residents and ex-residents of Harmony Family Services have received assistance to further their education, attending four-year universities, community colleges, nursing school, or vocational programs. In 2006 in honor of the agency’s 40th anniversary, Harmony’s Board of Directors initiated the Pauline B. Simpson Scholarship to provide academic scholarships to qualifying junior and senior college students majoring in psychology or social work. Over the past three years, Harmony Family Services awarded 23 scholarships totaling $57,500 through this program to local university students who are preparing to work with at-risk youth and families both in the United States and around the world. Harmony Family Services, originally the Abilene Girls Home, provides basic and therapeutic foster care services and 24-hour emergency shelter care from children and youth who have been victims of abuse and neglect. Temporary shelter and counseling services are also provided for local runaway and homeless youth.

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