Stephanie Grise has been chosen by the Arkansas Alumni Association as a recipient of the 2011 Peggy Walker Scholarship. A resident of Hot Springs, Grise knew from a young age that the University of Arkansas would be her school of choice. Once accepted, she was eager to arrive on campus and begin her academic and leadership career.

“It is with great honor and pleasure that I write you this letter to thank you for choosing me to be the 2011 recipient of the Peggy Walker Scholarship.  The opportunities that I have been given while a member of the Student Alumni Board are ones that I will covet as I begin my journey into the professional world after graduation in May.  As a freshman, I never would have imagined the impact that the Alumni Association was going to have on me both professionally and personally,” she said in her thank you letter.

This May, Grise will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biology from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences Honors College. She plans to spend next year working and applying to dental school for the fall 2012 semester. During her time at the University of Arkansas, Grise has not only devoted much of her time to her studies, but has become active in multiple student organizations, such as Alpha Omicron Pi, Student Alumni Board and Associated Student Government just to name a few.  In addition, she also volunteers with the Northwest Arkansas Free Health Clinic, SARPA, and a stream ecology research lab.  As graduation grows closer, Grise is proud of her accomplishments on campus, saying, “I can look back on my college experience with confidence that I made the most of it.

“The Arkansas Alumni Association has been so much more than just an activity to keep me involved while on campus.  The relationships I have built, the friends I have made, and the experiences I have learned from will forever be an integral part of my life as I move forward into the future… Although I do not know yet where I will be in the upcoming year, I can assure you that this scholarship will help so much, and for that, I cannot thank you enough. “