Viewing high school as an “unforgettable” experience, Charlotte Banister, of Fayetteville, balanced her time between academics and extracurricular activities with ease. Captain of Fayetteville High School’s varsity cheer squad, she also led student council as president, was secretary of National Honor Society, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and held membership in other student organizations.

Although sad to leave her high school experiences behind, Banister is eager to begin her journey at the University of Arkansas. “My family is very important to me, so staying in Fayetteville will allow me to share my college experience with them,” she admits. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, who works to raise funds for the Razorback Foundation, and her mother, who was involved in the Greek Life system while in school, she enjoys hearing about their memories and looks forward to making her own on “the hill.”

“I would like to thank the Arkansas Alumni Association for choosing me, Charlotte Banister, to receive the $2,500 “Roads” Scholarship. This scholarship will be a tremendous help in paying for my college education. My parents are not only paying for myself, but for my brother who is a junior at the University of Arkansas as well,” she said. “Also, your generosity will financially help me realize my dream of studying abroad. It is an incredible feeling knowing that my hard work in the classroom, with my extracurricular activities, and in the community helped position me to be recognized by you.”

Interested in a variety of fields, including pre-medicine, communications and apparel studies, Banister is still uncertain as to what she will focus on this first year. However, one thing she does know for certain is that she hopes to join a sorority, get involved in student government and participate in as many student organizations as she can during her four years.