Tommy and Kathryn May Early Access Academy Endowed Scholarship established

Tommy and Kathryn May Early Access Academy Endowed Scholarship established
The University of Arkansas has announced the establishment of the Tommy and Kathryn May Early Access Academy Endowed Scholarship today.

Alumnus Tommy May donated $50,000 for the scholarship.

The gift will provide assistance for underrepresented Arkansas students with financial need. Students from Jefferson County who attend the Early Access Academy will be given preference.

“My wife, Kathryn, and I believe in the Early Access Program and what it can mean in the life of some of our youth,” May said. “We believe this scholarship can be a reward for students who excel in their commitment and performance in the program and are preparing to take the next step in higher education.”

May also supported the Early Access Academy, which provides college readiness outreach and summer learning opportunities for junior high and high school students. The program is focused on first generation, low-income and underrepresented students.

The Early Access Academy was created in 2015 with a $75,000 gift from the Simmons First Foundation. May is the chair and CEO of the foundation.

“Tommy May is a real champion in the effort to create greater access to the benefits of higher education for deserving Arkansas students,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Charles Robinson said. “The university is very fortunate to have such great benefactors like Mr. May, who help us carry out our land grant mission.”
 

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