College of Education and Health Professions

Impact of Giving


Endowments are the premier type of scholarship assistance in the College of Education and Health Professions and serve as a permanent source of income for the institution and, consequently, our student recipients. For the 2010-11 academic year, close to $400,000 in scholarship support was awarded to more than 220 students. We are grateful for every gift from our alumni and friends. Your financial support has been a magnificent investment in assisting thousands of students in obtaining their education. Without the generosity of our alumni and friends, many of these students might never have had the opportunity to go to college and excel.

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight

Donaldson Scholarship Helps Poultry Executive Launch Second Career

Don Felder of Siloam Springs knew about halfway through his 31-year career in the poultry industry that he wanted to teach schoolchildren someday.

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Faculty Research

Faculty endowments ensure the future strength and success of the College of Education and Health Professions by providing significant resources to attract and support faculty members. During the Campaign for the Twenty-First Century, the number of professorship endowments grew substantially, allowing the college to welcome a number of new faculty members recruited from our 54 benchmark institutions. Many of these new faculty members will work on vital research with our established faculty members while also bringing new projects with them.

Endowed Faculty Spotlight

New Body of Research on Teacher Retirement Systems Timely for Reform Efforts

Robert Costrell, University of Arkansas professor and holder of the Twenty-First Century Chair in Education Accountability, co-edited the special issue of the journal Education Finance and Policy that focuses on teacher retirement benefit systems.

The volume, available online and in print, was based on an academic conference held at Vanderbilt University last year and is the main source of research to date on the topic for state policymakers and researchers.

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Research and Outreach Programs

The College of Education and Health Professions is strongly committed to enlarging and supporting a cadre of research and outreach programs. There are currently 16 research programs and outreach centers within the college. Many of these research and outreach programs would not be able to continually serve the University of Arkansas, the state, or the community without the generous private gift support from our alumni and friends.

Centers and Research Programs Spotlight

Jason Riley, a member of the
Wall Street Journal editorial
board, speaks Oct. 15.

Education Reform Lecture Series

The annual lecture series sponsored by the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas continues to grow and serve as a way of furthering the department's mission.

The department was established in 2005 with the mission of advancing education and economic development in Arkansas and the nation by focusing on the improvement of K-12 schools. It is a part of the College of Education and Health Professions.

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Tell Us Your Story

Whether you are a recipient, a donor or an observer of the generosity of the alumni and friends of the College of Education and Health Professions, please share with us at how the tradition of giving at the University of Arkansas has changed your life.

  • Dr. Monica R. Brown (B.S.E. 1987)

"I support the University of Arkansas because that is where I began my academic (special education major) and collegiate athletic (basketball) careers. I was fortunate to be successful at both while there. I met folks who are still close friends today and would not have changed what I experienced in my time there. I also know that the little that we do give can make a difference in the lives of so many students who otherwise would not be able to come to/stay in school. Though I have been gone over 20 years, my love for Arkansas will never wane. I will continue to do all I can to help. Monica"

  • John M. Parrigon (M.S. 2004)

"My time at U of A was wonderful. I'm still proud to be associated and with the university and want to stay involved even if from a distance."

  • Tamika McGill (B.S.E. 1996, M.Ed. 2001)

"It is the state where I was born and it was a school that I proudly attended. I had a great opportunity to meet new people and network!"

  • Kelly Story (B.S.E. 2010)

"It is a privilege to give back to the university that has helped to prepare us for our future. I plan to give annually to improve opportunities in the College of Education and Health Professions because they have taught me more than just what I need to know to be a teacher, but also how to live as a scholar and a practitioner. Again, thank you for the suggestion and I look forward to doing my part."