Day: October 17, 2011

BAS Scholars Meeting

The Black Alumni Society scholars had their first meeting of the semester on Sept. 27th at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. Congruent with the agenda, the scholars discussed the changes made to their scholarship program. In hopes of connecting the scholars with the community, the BAS scholars are required to serve at least 10 volunteer hours per semester. These hours are to be completed through service with the Arkansas Alumni Association. Scholars will also be a part of an inaugural mentoring program. Each scholar will be matched with an alumni mentor. The hopes of this program are that alumni...

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Free Your Mind: Support BAS Scholarships

Teen pregnancy is not just a phenomenon that is sweeping the nation; it is a crisis that is restricting the potential of the African-American community. It robs African-American teens of their youth while forcing them to become an adult at an early age. Research has shown that teen pregnancy accounts for a significant amount of death within the African-American culture. In fact, the Center for Disease control reports that pregnancy and childbirth is the 6th leading cause of death for African-American females between 15-19 years old! For teenagers who do not die from bearing children while they themselves are still children, education becomes secondary to raising children. This becomes the norm when we don’t “Think Back, Look Back, Come Back and Give Back.” Ignoring our problems does not make them go away; it only exacerbates them. Let us support education; the time is now! In an effort to better serve our students, BAS has come up with two goals that can only be achieved through a community effort. Our first goal is to raise $1 million for the BAS Endowed Scholarships. We do not want to have to turn down another student that needs financial assistance. Our second goal is $3 million to build an African-American center on campus. We want our students to have a place that they can call home on “The Hill!!!”Please support the BAS Challenge...

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A Message from the BAS Scholars Board

Dear Alumni and friends, My name is Kentrell Curry, and I am a junior graphic design major from West Memphis, Ark.  I decided to come to the University of Arkansas for multiple reasons: the scenery was amazing on my first visit, and the weather was even better. I also fell in love with how nice and welcoming everyone was; they made me feel right at home! The most impactful and memorable experience that made my decision to attend the YOU of A a sure thing was the welcoming spirit of the Razorback community. Woo Pig Sooie! I would like to thank all of the alumni who helped make my dreams come true. Had it not been for me receiving the BAS scholarship, I am not sure that I would be able to attend this flagship university. I would like to show my gratitude by saying thank you to all that have contributed to scholarships. Thank you for everything that you have done for me and my fellow scholars; we greatly appreciate all of your effort! I was selected to serve as the communications chairperson for the BAS Scholars board, so I will be here to keep you all updated on everything that the scholars are doing in and for the Razorback community. Follow us on twitter @bassociety or friend us on Facebook! See you all soon, and Go...

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Pay It Forward: BAS Scholars Say Thank You

Ayana Gray and Erika Guy would like to thank the Black Alumni Society for awarding them scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year. Gray and Guy both received the BAS Challenge Scholarship.   Dear Black Alumni Society, I am writing to express my most sincere appreciation for the BAS Challenge Scholarship.  I was so excited to learn that I was chosen to receive the BAS Challenge Scholarship this year; it is such an honor! This scholarship will be very helpful to me continuing my education and helping me to achieve my dreams.  I am currently majoring in biology with hopes of becoming an optometrist.  The financial assistance you all have provided me with will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, which will allow me to concentrate more on studying and passing classes. Thank you again for your generosity and support.  I promise you I will work very hard, and I hope one day to help others achieve their goals just like you have helped me. Sincerely, Erika Guy   Dear Alumni, One year ago, I was a senior in high school facing the typical fears and trepidations. As college and scholarship applications inundated me, I worried alongside my peers about finding the “right” school for me to spend the next four years of my life, to define the next four years of my life. Then, matters worsened...

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