W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship Fund

Transforming lives through education

A University of Arkansas education transforms lives. But time, distance and life demands can derail a person’s goals. By reaching students on their terms, online education helps them overcome those barriers. Make your gift to the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship fund to help lift another barrier – cost.

The W.E. Manning Scholarship fund began with small gifts from many people who passionately believe in the transformative power of education. Your gift will boost that fund, fueling more scholarships for online students seeking degrees from the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; the Sam M. Walton College of Business; the College of Education and Health Professions; or the College of Engineering.

Online students tell their personal stories about what it means to have an online option to study at the U of A. Many students work full-time and want to earn a degree to advance in their careers, some are in the military, others are homebound, caring for sick relatives, and some studied on the Fayetteville campus but were pulled away by life before they reached their goals.


Caitlin Bennett portrait“The determination I have had over the years to do things without being told, and to do them well, has served me well in my pursuit of my master's online. I care about my career, and I love to learn.”

Caitlin Bennett
Little Rock, AR
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Caleb J. Findley portrait“I've worked 40 hours a week and maintained a 3.4 grade point average. It hasn't been easy, but it's been fulfilling. It's been three years of giving up weekends, but I appreciate being able to do it.”

Caleb J. Findley
Fayetteville, AR
B.A. in Communication

Rachel R. Holt portrait“Through my own education, I plan to enhance the world by educating others. It is my fiercest belief that education is the foundation on which all impactful innovations are constructed.”

Rachel R. Holt
Huntsville, AR
M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning

Fletcher T. Ryan portrait“Volunteering is a large part of my life. It has been about giving the time I have and growing from my experiences with volunteering. I feel I reflect some of the values (Manning) had.”

Fletcher T. Ryan
Colorado Springs, CO
M.S. in Engineering

Bushra Salamah portrait“I've been an ER nurse for about three years. Within a year, I knew I wanted to go back to school to get a DNP. (The scholarship) will help me so I do not have to work so much, so that I can focus more on my studies.”

Bushra Salamah
Little Rock, AR
Doctor of Nursing

John M. Seidel portrait“I would love to be a principal down the road. I have some visions for public schools beyond the current curriculum. The scholarship is helping to relieve the financial burden I would have had otherwise.”

John M. Seidel
Bella Vista, AR
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Sommer Yount portrait“As a nurse, I took an oath to ensure the safety of my patients and to make sure that they receive the best care possible. This is why I want to continue my education by getting my B.S.N. from the University of Arkansas. (The scholarship) really means a lot. It's helping me work a full-time job and go back to school sooner than expected.”

Sommer Yount
Pine Bluff, AR
RN to B.S. in Nursing

Previous Recipients

Olivia Caillouet
Fayetteville, AR
M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education
Molly Heath
Wynne, AR
RN to B.S. in Nursing
Sree Chintalapudi
Bentonville, AR
M.S. in Operations Management
Thomas Nance
Bella Vista, AR
RN to B.S. in Nursing