The scholarships are intended primarily for Tupelo High graduates who cannot afford to attend college but who have strong academic records.
The scholarships normally go to one or more students, Harland said. But this year, the Stoneciphers decided to help everyone in the class of 2012.
“Rather than do one, we decided to give each member $1,000,” he said.
He said the gift was a one-time gesture to honor Nikki, who would have graduated this year had lived. But the Stoneciphers will continue granting scholarships through the fund at ECU, which is financed with proceeds from the annual Nikki Stonecipher Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.
Stonecipher said the fund currently has close to $500,000.