Philanthropy makes a difference in the lives of students at UA Little Rock every day. With 68% of students working, the support students receive can be a deciding factor of whether a student walks across the stage at graduation.
The university is changing that – one scholarship at a time.
Recently, Leslye Shellam, major contributor to the L. Dickson Flake Endowed Scholarship and donor of the Linda Blaine Flake Endowed Art Student Scholarship at UA Little Rock, took part in a panel about the impact of philanthropy for art and real estate finance students. There, she encouraged audience members to find ways to give to causes that matter to them.
“It’s not about the size of the gift,” said Shellam. “I think it’s important to use the tools that you have, along with a vision you see as Arkansas’ future to do work now that matters and makes a difference later.”
Making a difference is exactly what UA Little Rock is doing for all students. Last month, the university launched its Centennial Campaign with a goal of raising $250 million. The campaign has already raised $163 million to support student scholarships and success, living and learning environments, and program excellence.
For Shellam, her part in supporting this campaign was a meaningful way to honor her parents by investing in the future of art and business students, making Arkansas a better place for all to work and live.