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February 2018

ASU-Newport Announces Premier Recipient of Three Rivers Healthcare & Rehabilitation Scholarship

Arkansas State University – Newport has announced the inaugural recipient of the Three Rivers Healthcare & Rehabilitation Scholarship as Jacob Breytspeak.

According to ASUN’s Director of Nursing and Allied Health Christopher Hicks, Breytspeak was chosen among the qualified applicants for his essay, which stood out within the field of scholarship candidates.

Teriann Turner, Jacob Breytspeak, Tara Dunnick and Brittney Ward
From left: Teriann Turner (ASUN), Jacob Breytspeak, Tara Dunnick (Three Rivers), Brittney Ward (Three Rivers)

“All of the applicants academically were fairly equal,” said Hicks. “So, that left the essay portion of the application. I read each applicant’s essay and when I read Jacob’s, I knew he was deserving of this scholarship.”

Breytspeak’s essay delved into his own medical struggles and his candid paper showed his exemplary dedication to achieving his career aspirations.

“In his essay, Jacob openly talked about a medical condition that he has had since he was a teenager and how that has driven him to enter a career in healthcare. He wants to take his experience and help others, so they do not have the same problems as him. He plans on working with geriatric patients while continuing his nursing education.”

Breytspeak, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship, will complete his Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) training at ASUN before transferring to Arkansas State University where he intends to obtain his bachelor’s degree in nursing.

About The Three Rivers Healthcare & Rehabilitation Scholarship and Three Rivers Healthcare & Rehabilitation
The $1,000 Three Rivers Healthcare & Rehabilitation Scholarship is awarded twice a year to students enrolled in an LPN or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. To be eligible, a student must have a minimum cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.5, be enrolled in a minimum of six units at the Marked Tree campus and be a resident of Poinsett County, Arkansas. Scholarship awards can be applied toward tuition, class fees and textbooks.

Three Rivers Healthcare & Rehabilitation is a charming care community nestled in the historic town of Marked Tree within Poinsett County, AR. Our unique care community offers a blend of country home with a modern twist, along with a few of Arkansas’ best parks nearby for camping, fishing, and hiking. It’s operated by Arkansas Elder Outreach of Little Rock, a nonprofit organization with nine communities spread across Arkansas and Louisiana. With over 35 years of experience in caregiving, Elder Outreach continues to transform the standard of care in nursing homes. Our passion for healthcare and rehabilitation is evident in everything we do. Three Rivers is dedicated to providing healthcare that is well beyond ordinary for you or your loved one who can no longer live safely or comfortably at home. We offer long-term care and short-term rehabilitation services in a home-like environment using innovative processes that foster healing and help create a new, independent lifestyle. Visit for more information.