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Kason’s Big GRIN Scholarship

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“You are my sunshine my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey”

Kason Andrew Jacob Dedmon was born with GRIN1 disorder, among other things. Despite his difficulties, Kason was often seen with the biggest smile. His mother shared she sang “You are my sunshine” to him often. 

And a ray of sunshine he was in the life of his parents, and the lives of everyone who knew him- because of that big grin of his. Kason passed from this life and on to the arms of Jesus on August 22, 2022.

In memory of the sweet life Kason lived his parents, Kimberlee and Keith Allen Dedmon, set up a memorial scholarship “Kason’s Big GRIN Memorial Scholarship”. The scholarship is open to high school seniors from Mansfield and Waldron high schools who are going into the medical field, but any senior is welcome to apply. Seniors must also have a 3.0 GPA. 

 The 2023 recipients were Serenity Chick from Mansfield and Payton “Petey” Justice, each received a $500 scholarship. 

Serenity Chick, Mansfield recipient of the Big GRIN scholarship.


Payton ”Petey” Justice Waldron recipient of the Big GRIN Scholarship. photo credit to Sandy Tull.

Kimberlee says she would love to be able to give more scholarships, and has events planned to make that possible. Anyone wishing to donate and continue spreading the sunshine Kason brought can do so in person or by mail at Today’s Bank P.O. Box 387 Mansfield, AR 72944.

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Madison VanRavensway
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