McKenzie Grimes is the first recipient of the Alice and Marion Mathews Memorial Scholarship, a new scholarship ($500.00) established with the Greenwood Education Foundation. McKenzie is the daughter of Erika McGehee and Gary Grimes, Jr. and will be attending the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith, majoring in nursing. While attending GHS, she was a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Partners Club and Spanish Club.


The Mathews Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the “normal, ordinary working couple” of the community of Jenny Lind who ran the Mathews Service Station and Grocery Store on Highway 71 from the 1930s through the 1970s. Known as “Alice and Marion” they quietly helped those in need and trusted their God for help and assistance. The financial help from the Mathews proved to be a life-saver for several youngsters from Jenny Lind who were struggling with college expenses. Several careers would not have been possible had they not stepped in to provide financial help. The individual establishing the scholarship hopes that the recipients of the scholarship will “pay it forward” after they graduate by helping and serving others in their career choice. The scholarship was recently presented to McKenzie by JoElla Skaggs, Executive Director of the Greenwood Education Foundation.