Heather Hodges, a teacher at Amboy Elementary in North Little Rock, has been awarded a scholarship by the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA).

Hodge’s scholarship will go towards her last class in her Teaching People of Other Cultures program of study at Henderson State University. The class will allow her to better understand and teach her students.

ASTA is committed to offering individual educators various avenues for improving effectiveness in the classroom. "ASTA commends the dedication that Ms. Hodge has demonstrated in securing funding for her scholarship," said ASTA Executive Director Michele Linch.

The scholarship and grant competition is held twice a year in the fall and spring and is open to all Arkansas educators. The fall deadline is Oct. 31.

For more information about ASTA or the Arkansas State Teachers Association, visit www.astapro.org