Today, UALR has about 450 private accounts established, with more than 2,000 privately funded scholarships coming from each of them, according to Bob Denman, UALR vice chancellor for advancement.
â€śPromising students have every reason to apply for as many private scholarships as possible,â€ť he added.
One such promising student is Syd Sample, 24, a junior who is majoring in social work. She recently earned a $2,000 Pepsi Americaâ€™s Scholarship, that combined with other scholarships, is helping offset the cost of attendance at UALR.
To qualify for the Pepsi Americaâ€™s Scholarship, Sample had to write an essay about the ways she intended to use her education to make an impact.
She wrote about her experiences in South Africa and other countries as a member of a mission-oriented organization following high school. The essay described the young children she saw stuck in a vicious cycle of poverty and neglect and her desire to â€śbe part of infusing hope into the darkest of circumstances.â€ť
Sample said when any scholarship requires an essay, students should find a way to convey what they are truly passionate about.
â€śThereâ€™s a misconception you have to write academic, stale, or simplistic pieces of work,â€ť she said. â€śThe opposite is true. You have to express your heart.â€ť
Sample encouraged students to â€śapply for anything and everything you can even if you think you cannot get it. Iâ€™m one of those who didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d ever win, but you never know.â€ť
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