In support of Students
No aspect of UALR’s commitment to its city and state is more significant than its focus on students, a focus founded on the conviction that an educated citizenry will strengthen the economic, civic, social, and cultural threads which comprise the fabric of contemporary society.
One of the primary challenges which the State of Arkansas faces is the relatively low percentage of its citizenry which holds an undergraduate degree. Indeed, statistics from the U.S. Bureau of the Census indicate that, if in the year 2000 Arkansas had been able to claim the same percentage of citizens with an undergraduate degree as the entire country did—and they were employed, the state would have experienced an increase in tax revenue of well over $800 million that year.
To meet the demonstrated needs of our state, Arkansas institutions of higher education must attract new students who, because of lack of opportunity, lack of financial resources, and lack of familial history with higher education, do not currently see a University education as a realistic or worthwhile goal.
With its long history of dedication to the underserved and to providing access, UALR stands ready to lead this charge in the State of Arkansas.
The higher education needs of Arkansas’ citizens are not, however, limited to undergraduate degrees.
Once the purview of those headed into highly specialized careers, graduate level education is increasingly a requirement for certification, for career advancement, as well as for specialization. UALR has responded by adding a number of graduate programs in recent years, including the M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, the Doctor of Audiology, the M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, the M.S. in Integrated Science and Mathematics, the Executive M.B.A., and Graduate Certificates in Taxation, Accountancy, Systems Engineering, Nonprofit Management, Conflict Mediation, Literacy, Gifted Education, Advanced Placement, Orientation and Mobility for the Blind, and Construction Management.
And its growing cadre of doctoral programs, students, and graduates has resulted in Carnegie classification recognition as a doctoral research-intensive institution.
UALR envisions combining its goals associated with increasing the numbers of students with undergraduate and graduate degrees with a commitment to quality. UALR envisions a future distinguished by higher admissions standards, more honors program opportunities for qualified students, and unique educational opportunities through study-abroad and undergraduate research programs.
Such initiatives will assist Arkansas both in keeping high-achieving Arkansas students from leaving the state to pursue higher education and professional careers, and in attracting outstanding students from other states to Arkansas.
Student Support Campaign Opportunities
- Need-Based Scholarships
- Merit-Based and Honors Program Scholarships (including the Donaghey Scholars and Chancellor’s Leadership Programs)
- Scholar-Intern Programs
- Constituent Specific Scholarships (including Athletics and Under-Represented Populations)
- Graduate Student Fellowships
- Undergraduate Research Awards
- Study-Abroad Scholarships