Scholarship Named for Arkansas Girl Missing Since 1995

MAY 17, 2006 - Posted at 2:48 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas mother of a girl who has been missing since 1995 said she was surprised when she was asked to present a scholarship at what would be her daughter's high school graduation.

On Friday, Colleen Nick will present a $750 scholarship to a graduating senior, who would have been one of her daughter Morgan Nick's classmates at Ozark High School.

Morgan Nick vanished from an Alma ballfield almost eleven years ago.

School officials say the decision to create a scholarship in Morgan Nick's name came from the entire senior class.  The 110 students in the class had money left over from various fundraisers and used the money for the scholarship.

There will be two empty chairs at the graduation, one for Morgan, and the other for a student who died during the school year.

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