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. Now in its 15th year, the scholarship has raised $15,000 overall to benefit deserving theatre arts majors at UAPB.
Vaughan’s unfortunate death on October 2, 2003 halted a promising career in theatre arts. According to his mother Rose Pridgeon Vaughan, he always loved to write. 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, Vaughan wrote a play called And the Books Were Open that was directed by former theatre professor Steve Broadnax. He had plans of moving to New York to write plays and perform 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), Kellie Vaughan Noble (David’s sister), and Joyce Bracy Vaughan (David’s aunt).
“I’m hoping that the recipients will be able to go in [and thrive] in theatre,” Rose Pridgeon Vaughan said. “I want [the scholarship recipients] to be able to go on and be great.”