Alumnus John Howard Morris, a former resident of Fayetteville who now resides in Corpus Christi, Texas, is helping aspiring piano students at the University of Arkansas thanks to a $160,000 gift and the creation of the John Howard Morris Piano Scholarship. Morris developed an interest in playing the piano at an early age and took lessons beginning in the fourth grade. He was taught by Elizabeth McGill Bohart, a well-known teacher in Fayetteville.
In 2013, a loyal friend of Fulbright College endowed the “J. William Fulbright Legacy Fund” to enhance Fulbright College’s public commitment and to expose the university, its students and wider audiences to the life, work and philosophy of J. William Fulbright. Although the endowment is still a few years from use, the college is preparing for the gift by increasing its efforts to unify the college through visual associations.
The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has selected four incoming freshmen to receive the University of Arkansas Sturgis Fellowship. The 2014 Sturgis Fellows, all from Arkansas, are Olivia Tzeng of Conway, Sydne Tursky of Van Buren, Rachel Ungar of Fayetteville and Tucker Partridge of Benton.
Three scholarships will be established in three colleges at the University of Arkansas thanks to N.W. “Chip” Buerger from Dripping Springs, Texas. Buerger is contributing a $500,000 planned gift that will benefit numerous students by creating endowed scholarships in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
The University of Arkansas endowment holdings rose to $920.6 million at the close of the 2013-14 fiscal year on June 30. A year earlier at the end of the 2013 fiscal year, the endowment stood at $818 million.
The Parent Partnership Association awards book scholarships annually to current University of Arkansas students whose parents or guardians play an active role in their time at the U of A and in the Parent Partnership Association. Recipients of fall 2014 PPA Book Scholarships are Rebekah Eddy, Lauren Doran, and Andrew Bingham.