Walton Family Foundation Gives $2.1M to UA Program

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 10:55 am  

The Walton Family Foundation announced Wednesday a $2.1 million grant to the University of Arkansas to fund several programs within the College Access Initiative and the Center For Multicultural and Diversity Education, or CMDE.

These foundation said the money will benefit students from Phillips County and those who have graduated from public charter schools around the state.

"We are so grateful to the Walton Family Foundation for this wonderful gift," UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart said in a news release. "The university is very committed to securing more opportunity for these very deserving students, but we cannot make the impact that we want without the help of our generous donors."

This grant will affect current and future university students. As part of the program, university officials will expand ACT training for high school students and will also increase recruiting efforts at these schools. Students admitted to the university will also be eligible for tutoring, mentoring and summer enrichment programs designed to increase retention and graduation rates.

"Ensuring students from economically depressed areas of Arkansas, like the Delta, are supported in their academic careers is a top priority for CMDE," Charles Robinson, vice chancellor for diversity and community, said. "This gift will allow our team to build relationships with these students and their school administrators while the students are still in high school in an effort to ensure long-term success. This is a great win for the university and our current and future students."



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