Melissa Light of Monticello, above right, a nursing student at the South Arkansas Community College campus in Warren, is the first recipient of the Karen Boykin Endowed Scholarship.

Boykin, who died in 2017, was a SouthArk nursing instructor for 14 years and was instrumental in the development of the college’s nursing program in Warren.

The scholarship was established through the South Arkansas Community College Foundation by her husband Buddy Boykin to commemorate her lifetime of teaching achievements in the health sciences field.

The scholarship is designed to provide financial support for a student who is seeking a practical-nursing certificate at the college’s Warren location.