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Tres 11-12-14 10:59 AM

Ockerts establish ASU scholarship
Roy and Pat Ockert, both former editors of Arkansas State Universityís school newspaper, The Herald, have initiated the Roy and Pat Ockert Herald Editor Scholarship endowment for the publicationís editorís position.

Each semester the chief editor will receive a stipend to assist with his or her college expenses. The Ockerts have been joined by many family members and friends to donate more than $25,000 toward the scholarship fund. A new editor takes the reins each semester. The Ockerts worked together as co-editors for The Herald as Arkansas State University (ASU) students in 1966-67.

The inaugural scholarship was awarded to Emily Alexander of Nashville, the newspaperís editor-in-chief for the spring 2015 semester. Alexander has also worked for the Nashville Leader for several years.
Most recently Roy Ockert served as editor of The Sun in Jonesboro. He retired in 2012 but continues to contribute to the newspaper as editor emeritus. He is a past president (2008-09) of the Arkansas Press Association.

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