FCHS Board President Ree Walker (left), Sydney Evans, and board members Kathey Farley and Dr. Bob Reising.

Sydney Drew Evans is the 2023 recipient of the Faulkner County Historical Society’s Founders Scholarship. The award, honoring past society member Dr. Waddy Moore, was presented at the annual meeting of the historical society on April 16. Evans, daughter of Joseph and Samantha Evans and a recent honor graduate of Conway High School, submitted the winning entry in the society’s annual scholarship essay competition. Each year, seniors from local area high schools are challenged to write an essay, answering the prompt: “Describe how your interest in history will aid you in achieving your professional goals.” During her high school years, Evans, a 2022 Arkansas Governor’s School alumni, has competed in National History Day, Model United Nations, the Arkansas State Debate Competition, and Arkansas Student Congress. In 2020, she won the Model United nations Award for best position paper. Evans plans to pursue a career as a museum collections manager. The Faulkner County Historical Society began awarding this scholarship after the passing of Dr. Waddy Moore. His estate bestowed a monetary gift to the society which was used to initiate the scholarship program. The society now holds fundraisers and accepts donations to continue this important program to encourage young students to pursue careers in history. A “bean feed” fundraiser was held at the recent Faulkner County 150 Birthday Bash. For more information about the scholarship and the Faulkner County Historical Society, go to www.faulkner Donations to this scholarship fund may be sent to: Faulkner County Historical Society, P.O. Box 731, Conway, AR 72033. Be sure to note “Donation to Scholarship Fund” on check.