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Wendy Lyons

  • Hometown:

    Little Rock

  • Major:

    Triple major in small business management, accounting, and professional and technical writing

  • Quote:

    All my life people have told me I should write for a living, and being a writer has always been my dream.

Wendy LyonsWendy Lyons, 43, learned of the variety of scholarships available at UALR after she attended an on-campus workshop geared toward non-traditional students.

So far, Lyons has earned upwards of $6,500–enough to cover the cost of full-time tuition and fees for her triple major in small business management, accounting, and professional and technical writing.

The real shocker, she said, was a $2,500 AT&T War Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a veteran of any branch of the military planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Arkansas.

Today, Lyons has her sights set on becoming a published writer, regardless of the field.

“I love writing,” she said,

“everything from technical specifications to ethnographies to paranormal romance to ‘How to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse’ manuals. All my life people have told me I should write for a living, and being a writer has always been my dream.”

Lyons said there isn’t a professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing that she doesn’t love, but she is especially fond of professors Mary Henthorn and Dona Bailey.

“I took professor Henthorn for Comp I and II, and she was an absolute joy to work with,” said Lyons. “She not only encouraged me to spread my writing wings, but she helped prop up my flagging self-esteem when I felt I wasn’t good enough for college.”

Lyons said she chose UALR for the excellent selection of online courses and the active Office of Campus Life, that included the Non-Traditional Student Program.

“This program, in particular, has been extremely beneficial for me since I had no idea what I was doing when I first decided to apply at UALR,” she said.