Jack Carr and Angel Castillo - 2020 Winners 

The Sparks and McCleerey families and the Connie & Ricky Sparks Scholarship Foundation have announced the presentation of the 13th Connie & Ricky Sparks Memorial Scholarships to two outstanding graduates of the Class of 2020 from Hendersonville High School.

This year brought the total scholarship fund awards to $210,000.  The four-year scholarship for $20,000 was awarded to Jack Carr. He will be attending Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The two-year scholarship for $5,000 was awarded to Angel Castillo. He will be attending Blue Ridge Community College.

The Sparks and McCleerey families are proud & honored to announce they have established the: Connie & Ricky Sparks Scholarship Foundation organized as a 501(c)(3) exempt non-profit. 

The Connie & Ricky Sparks Memorial Scholarship was created after the tragic loss of their beloved Mother, Connie Sparks and their cherished brother, Ricky to honor and celebrate their lives. 

In the past twelve years $179,000 or $14,000 per recipient has been awarded to deserving Hendersonville High School graduates. As of this fall semester the Connie & Ricky Sparks Memorial Scholarship has been increased to $5,000 per year for a total scholarship of $20,000. 

All the past recipients currently in college will also receive the increased amount of $5,000 per year for the balance of their college. Bringing the Sparks Scholarship to a total awarded balance of $210,000. 

2020 Scholarship Winners

 Pictured from left: Sidney Brown, 2019 recipient, Brenda Sparks McCleery, Angel Castillo, Jack Carr, and Jim Sparks