Tori Watson named Parins Scholarship Recipient

Tori Watson

Tori Watson

Tori Watson has been named the Spring 2018 recipient for the James W. Parins Intern Scholarship. Watson is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing at UA Little Rock. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where she graduated with High Honors. After teaching in a junior high school and realizing it was under-supported, she returned to school with the intent to pursue a career in technical writing.

Watson states, “Too much Native culture has been lost throughout the years, and if we can work together to preserve and counter that loss, then we have an obligation to do so. Native American traditions have always been a part of my life, and I am very glad that I will be continuing my life long journey of learning more about my culture and history.” She is currently researching the Indian Removal of the Choctaws from the Southeast to Indian Territory.

The Parins scholarship was established in the Spring 2017 semester as a way to honor the legacy of SNRC’s co-founder Dr. James W. Parins. The scholarship is awarded to a student, who demonstrates a knowledge of Native American cultures and an is in good standing with the university.

As always, if you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Parins, we invite you to make a tax deductible gift through the UA Little Rock Foundation. Gifts may be made via check to “UA Little Rock Foundation” with “Parins Scholarship Fund” in the memo line or online through our website ( under the “Support SNRC” link.


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