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New scholarship created for students from Pulaski counties, Jefferson

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas alum Cathy Crass and her husband, Kevin, want to help students achieve their educational dreams. The Little Rock couple has established the Cathy and Kevin Crass Arkansas Advance Endowed Scholarship with a $ 50,000 donation to students in Pulaski and Jefferson counties.

“Cathy and Kevin are very concerned about education,” said Mark Power, vice chancellor for advocacy. “We are very grateful for your support of Advance Arkansas, as it is one of the most significant initiatives to come out of Campaign Arkansas. We have already seen the impact these scholarships can have on students in our state, and I think it is fantastic that Cathy and Kevin are joining in the support we can offer students in the Little Rock and Pine Bluff areas. "

Cathy Crass, who is originally from Little Rock, says her first introduction to Fayetteville was sitting on the grassy hill in the end zone. Daughter of two U of A alumni, Crass earned a BA in journalism from college in 1981 and was a member of Pi Beta Phi.

"I loved my college experience," she said.

Since then, she has remained involved with her alma mater and served in the Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee for eight years. The Arkansas campaign concluded in 2020, raising nearly $ 1.45 billion to promote academic opportunities at the U of A.

“The campaign committee is where I first learned about the initiative of Adva scholarships nce Arkansas, ”he said. “I liked that many of the scholarships could be aimed at first-generation university students.”

Cathy's husband, Kevin, grew up in Pine Bluff and is a partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock. Both are actively involved in their community and believe that education is a vital component in strengthening communities.

“We raised our two sons in Little Rock and they both graduated from schools in the University of California System,” said Cathy Crass. “We see the value of education and are happy to be able to play a small role in helping students achieve an education with the support of an Advance Arkansas scholarship.”

The Cathy and Kevin Crass Arkansas Advance Endowed Scholarship will support new, returning and transferring Arkansas students who demonstrate financial need, a history of academic success, and a strong desire to complete their degree at the University of Arkansas. Preference will be given to students who attended high school in Pulaski County or Jefferson County.

Cathy Crass is a life member of the Arkansas Alumni Association. She and Kevin are members of the Chancellor’s Society and are counted as Thoroughreds for their 13 consecutive years of giving to the university.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas offers an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university brings new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while serving academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the University of Arkansas among less than 3% of colleges and universities in the United States that have the highest level of research activity. US News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among the top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that encourages personal attention and close tutoring.

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