Great Grads: Molly Peters-Stanley ’07
With a commitment to finding creative resolutions for challenging urban problems, Molly Peters-Stanley of Conway received a B.A. in liberal studies with emphasis in urban studies, international studies and photography. She is the recipient of the “Outstanding Graduating Senior” Whitbeck Memorial Award for scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character.
Peters-Stanley has been working as a policy researcher at the Metroplan Regional Council of Governments, where she has been studying the effectiveness of motor tax systems to fund local transportation systems and federal energy security initiatives. Her findings were presented in March to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission in Washington, D.C., her research will be published in a handbook for metropolitan leaders seeking cutting-edge tax alternatives as well as presented at this year’s American Metropolitan Planning Association Annual Conference.
She served as UALR’s representative in the Southern Energy Alliance, which seeks to bring green and alternative energies to campuses. At UALR, she organized tire pressure checks, helped reinstate the Global Issues Group, and organized a benefit concert to purchase fluorescent light bulbs for the campus. Peter-Stanley’s community involvement extended to campaigning for a minimum wage increase and compiling a photo documentary of immigration rallies held in 2006. She is a member of the Worker Justice Executive Board and is Arkansas’ representative to the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice Union Conference.
In 2006, the accomplished student received a scholarship to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Fellowship Program. This fall she will attend the H. John Heinz Graduate School of Public Policy at the institution on a full scholarship. “The education I received at UALR is on par with the education my peers and friends received at private and more well-known universities,” she said. “And it was a fraction of the cost, thanks to the Donaghey Scholars Program′s financial support.”