Pay It Forward: BAS Scholars Say Thank You

Philip Lambey and Gregory Crosby would like to thank the Black Alumni Society for awarding them scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year.

Dear Black Alumni Society Members,

Thank you for your generous scholarship support of $1,000 for the 2011-2012 academic school year.  I am delighted to be the recipient of the Black Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship.  It is an honor and a blessing to receive this award. This scholarship makes it possible for me to pursue a degree in business and become a successful black entrepreneur.

I am a 2008 graduate of Har-Ber High School in Springdale. I was active on Student Council, Council for Student Diversity in Action, National Honor Society, HBWN Wildcat Television, a member of the 2007 State-runner up football team, second team all-conference for football, and a Har-Ber Fire Marshall. Currently, I am involved in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., St. James Baptist Church Youth Department and I am President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.  I chose to attend the University of Arkansas because my mother and sister are both alumnae of this great institution, and I want the tradition and legacy to continue.

This scholarship will help further my education financially and along with my determination and perseverance, allow me to be in a better position to achieve my goal of becoming a prosperous business owner. Through my senior year, I will be interning in the University Relations department and serve as a career ambassador for the University Career Development Center. I will also continue to reach back and help others as a recruitment ambassador for the Office of Diversity Affairs.

Thank you for providing the Black Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship for minority students at the University of Arkansas.  Your contributions are helping minority students make a difference in the world.

Philip J. Lambey Jr.
2011-2012 Endowed Scholar
BAS Senior Scholar


Dear Black Alumni Society Donors,

My name is Gregory Crosby, and I want to thank you for allowing me to become a recipient of the BAS scholarship. This scholarship is a blessing from God that I very much needed.

I am from Pine Bluff, AR, and being able to attend the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is a dream come true. I am 24 years old, a Drama major and a father of a precious little girl named Paige Crosby. Initially, I attended college right out of high school, but I did not have the will or determination to succeed. When my daughter was born, and as I gazed into her perfect eyes, I assured her that her daddy would not fail her. In seeing her, it is a constant reminder that my success is not only for my sake but also for the sake of my new family.

Growing up in an area heavily impacted with crime, there was almost no chance for success. I have had financial struggles all of my life, and I really need this money in order to achieve my goal of graduating from the University of Arkansas. My parents are not very financially stable, so their ability of being able to help me is restricted greatly. I can remember times that I have stressed myself out because I was so submerged in financial struggles. That is why I am so honored and appreciative that you have donated to the Black Alumni Society. Being a BAS Challenge scholarship recipient takes away the stress that I experience due to my financial struggles and allows me to concentrate on fulfilling my educational aspirations.

Where I come from, there are not a lot of opportunities, but in coming here, I realize that you all are giving me an opportunity to succeed. I have been longing for this opportunity for so long, and I am so grateful. Once I graduate, I want to uplift my family. I want to see them removed from the impoverished areas in which they reside. I want to see a change, and it all started with you. Thank you for changing my life. As a BAS Scholar, I will uphold the qualities and characteristics of being a BAS scholar and continue to strive for achievement and excellence!

With the utmost gratitude,

Greg Crosby
2011-2012 BAS Challenge Scholar
BAS Junior Scholar

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