Zach Burroughs, son of Lynn and Betty Burroughs, is a third-generation Paragould resident. Zach graduated from Paragould High School in 2011 where he and his brothers competed in baseball and basketball. Zach went on to graduate from Arkansas State University in 2015 cum laude, also from the honors program with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Zach attends Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as Arkansas Student Club President. Upon graduation in 2019, Zach plans to return to Northeast Arkansas. . Zach states, “None of my accomplishments would be possible without the endless support from my family and friends.”
The $1,500 scholarship was established in memory of the late Dr. William H. Townsend, a distinguished ArOA member, and is awarded to an Arkansas optometry student attending an accredited school or college of optometry in the fall of 2017. To be eligible for the William H. Townsend Scholarship, a student must be a second-year or higher Optometry student member in good standing in the Arkansas Optometric Student Association and American Optometric Student Association; be an Arkansas resident; be a student in good academic standing; and submit an essay on a topic chosen by the ArOA Board of Directors.