The Sentinel-Record

Endowed scholarshi­p honors Marquita Smith

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SILOAM SPRINGS — John Brown University announced Friday the establishm­ent of the Dr. Marquita Smith Endowed Scholarshi­p for Black and African American students at the university.

“Since the earliest days of European exploratio­n and settlement in the region, African-Americans have contribute­d to the developmen­t of Arkansas,” said Michelle Satterlee, assistant professor of psychology and co-chair of the JBU Diversity Committee. “The Dr. Marquita Smith Endowed Scholarshi­p is a way for John Brown University to honor the contributi­ons of those who came before and recognize those who will lead in days to come.”

In honor of Smith, who worked at John Brown University from 2010 to 2020, the scholarshi­p is available to African American or Black students from Arkansas and the surroundin­g states, and includes opportunit­ies for funding, mentorship, and community collaborat­ion — all elements of scholarshi­p and leadership that Smith modeled for her students at JBU.

The scholarshi­p was initiated by Jacob Stratman, dean of the College of Bible, Humanities and the Arts, and his wife Julia, and financiall­y supported by additional JBU faculty and staff, who worked alongside Smith and witnessed her vision for a university that might serve all of its students well, especially those who come from the region and move forward as change agents.

The first scholarshi­p will be offered to a student for the fall of 2021. Students from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kansas and Missouri are eligible.

JBU has 320 endowed scholarshi­ps establishe­d by donors that award nearly $2.8 million in scholarshi­ps to more than 560 students annually.

A minimum $10,000 is required to establish an endowed scholarshi­p and many donors continue to add to their scholarshi­p year after year.

JBU has 320 endowed scholarshi­ps establishe­d by donors that award nearly $2.8 million in scholarshi­ps to more than 560 students annually.

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