MANA 2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced

MANA Awards Five Murray T. Harris Allied Healthcare Scholarships in 2018

Photo: Back row: MANA Giving board members Paula Storment, Chief Financial Officer at MANA; Murray T. Harris, MD; Judy Harris, Monika Fischer-Massie, Director of Welcome Health; Paula Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer at MANA; Gary Thorn, MD a physician at FirstCare Family Doctors; Stephen Johnson, MD, retired physician; and Sarah Faitak, Director at The Breast Center, A MANA Clinic.   Front row: The 2018 Murray T. Harris Allied Healthcare Scholarship recipients Juan Acosta, Kyle Maddox (not pictured), Jacqueline Solis, Alison Suman and Mayra Vera. 

Fayetteville, AR – On July 30, the MANA Charitable Giving Committee members awarded five allied healthcare students the Murray T. Harris Scholarship, investing a total of $5,000 in the education of future healthcare workers. The 2018 Murray T. Harris scholarship recipients are Juan Acosta of Fayetteville, Kyle Maddox of Rogers, Jacqueline Solis of Bella Vista, Alison Suman of Fayetteville, and Mayra Vera of Springdale.

Juan Acosta is pursuing an Associate Degree in Radiologic Imaging Sciences at UAMS in Little Rock. Kyle Maddox began a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at UAMS in Little Rock in June 2018. Jacqueline Solis is pursuing a Practical Nursing Program (LPN) at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale. Mayra Vera is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who is enrolled in an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. 

Alison Suman received the MTH Scholarship in 2017 during her first year as a nursing student at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas. Allison was selected to receive the award for her second year with plans to graduate in December 2018. Award recipients are encouraged to reapply each year if the health program is more than one year. 

The Murray T. Harris Scholarship was established in 2007 by MANA physicians to honor Dr. Murray T. Harris. Dr. Harris is a retired diagnostic radiologist who was a leader in the medical community in Arkansas for 40 years, from 1975 to 2015. Dr. Harris helped establish the MANA Imaging department and The Breast Center, A MANA Clinic. He is passionate about learning and has always encouraged others to pursue their passion through education. 

In honor of Dr. Harris, MANA radiologists created the Murray T. Harris Scholarship Allied Healthcare Scholarship in 2007 to support students enrolled in health programs that are currently underserved in Northwest Arkansas. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an allied healthcare program and reside or work in Washington County or Benton County. Allied health programs include, but are not limited to radiology technology, clinical laboratory science, nursing, physical therapy and respiratory therapy. 

Murray T. Harris Scholarship applications for 2019 will be available January 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019 on and the Arkansas Community Foundation website