Two South Side seniors have been awarded college scholarships from the Van Buren County Farm Bureau. Dausen Duncan and Zack Mahan each received a scholarship worth $2,000 over a four-year college period.

The single requirement for scholarship consideration is that applicants’ families are members of Van Buren County Farm Bureau. Preference was given to students interested in a degree in agriculture or the rural health field.

Lonnie and Ginger Duncan of Bee Branch are the parents of Dausen Duncan. He was the 2011-2012 South Side Future Farmers of America president, and was active in high school sports and extracurricular activities such as 4-H. He will attend Arkansas Tech University at Russellville and plans to major in agriculture business. In June, he was elected by his peers across the state as Arkansas FFA president ( 2012-2013) at the State FFA Conference in Hot Springs.

Alan and Angela Mahan of Bee Branch are the parents of Zack Mahan. Zack has lived and worked on the family cattle ranch since childhood. His responsibilities include the daily care and feeding of the cattle and caring for the fields and hay meadows. Farming is in his and his family’s blood. Not only has he been active in FFA showing animals, he has been active in baseball and was the team manager in his senior year. He has a well rounded school life participating in the Beta Club, FFA, FBLA, and Quiz Bowl. He has also demonstrated his maturity and resourcefulness by operating his own lawn care business in the summer months.

He has been accepted to attend the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and plans to major in biology. He says he can use that degree to go in a variety of different career directions such as pharmacy, dental and even farming.