PINE BLUFF, Ark. –The family of the late David Vaughan, a former University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) student presented a check to the University for $1,000 to benefit the David Vaughan Performing Arts Scholarship.
Vaughan’s unfortunate death on October 2, 2003 halted a promising career in theatre arts. According to David’s mother Rose Pridgeon-Vaughan, he had a love for the Arts.
“He always loved to write,” she said. “At the age of eight; he acted in a play called The Crucifixion that started it all.”
Vaughan went on to participate with Mississippi Boulevard, Port City Players and the John McLinn-Ross Players. A performing arts major and a playwright himself, David had also written a play called And the Books Were Open, directed by former theatre professor Steve Broadnax. He had plans of moving to New York to write plays and performing on Broadway.
David’s mother presented the check to UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander and was accompanied by her husband, Edward Earl Vaughan (David’s father), Kelly Vaughan-Noble (David’s sister), Joyce Bracy-Vaughan (David’s aunt), and Draymond Pugh (David’s nephew). Dr. Alexander was also accompanied by Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall, director of University Relations and Development and the Title III Program.
Pictured above: (l-r) Joyce Bracy-Vaughan, Draymond Pugh, Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall, Kelly Vaughan-Noble, UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, Mrs. Rose Pridgeon-Vaughan, and
Edward Earl Vaughan. Photo by Richard Redus.