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