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 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.


Alesha Anderson portrait“I would like to thank the committee members who selected me to be a recipient of this scholarship, and to the kind individuals that donated this money. Nursing school is stressful. Getting a scholarship like this lets me focus on nursing school, without the stress of having to struggle with affording to continue my education. For that I will be forever grateful and thank you to each and every person that made it possible for me to receive this scholarship.”

Alesha Anderson
Compton, AR
RN to B.S. in Nursing

Kaylee Armendariz portrait“I am a first-generation college student, work full time as a nurse, and have a two-year-old and a three-year-old. Earning this degree will pave the way for my own children to succeed in their educational endeavors. As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, this degree will enable me to help others improve their health-related quality of life.”

Kaylee Armendariz
Fayetteville, AR
Doctor of Nursing

Alyson Ballew portrait“I chose to study online because it fit best with my life. I work full time, and I’m a single parent to a middle schooler. Taking classes online means that I can do homework on my lunch break, or when I’m waiting for my kid to finish with after school activities. I appreciate online education for what it is able to do for nontraditional students who cannot or do not want to be in a classroom.”

Alyson Ballew
Fayetteville, AR
Ed.D in Human Resource and Workforce Development

Barbara Barroso Perez portrait“The W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship takes away the burden of worrying about how I will pay for my courses. This will allow me to focus more on my education.”

Bárbara Barroso-Pérez
Springdale, AR
B.A. in Communication

Ashley Hill portrait“The opportunity to receive the scholarship provides me with the reassurance that all my long hours and hard work are paying off while also encouraging me to keep working hard because others do notice. This scholarship also will help be offset the financial burden of being a college student.”

Ashley Hill
Forrest City, AR
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Ryan Jenkins portrait“I am extremely honored to be recognized as a recipient of this wonderful scholarship. Once I read into W.E. Manning’s story and saw what he stood for, I realized that he stood for many of the same things that I do. To be able to receive this scholarship in his name means a great deal to me and will enable me to continue my passion for learning to help influence the students I come in contact with.”

Ryan Jenkins
Fayetteville, AR
M.Ed. in Physical Education

Crystal Johnson portrait“This scholarship means the world to me. It is a struggle paying for school. It is an even bigger struggle going to school online and working. This scholarship will cover a portion of my tuition that I don't have to worry about, and for that I thank God. I am so blessed and so thankful to receive this scholarship.”

Crystal Johnson
Fayetteville, AR
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

Linda Juve portrait“For me to get this scholarship means everything to me. I have wanted to go back to college for so long to complete the LPN to BSN program. I have put my three children through college. Now it is finally my turn to go and I am very excited to get started in it. I am older–I am 55 years old –but to me it doesn't matter. It is my dream to become a future RN. With this scholarship, I will be able to achieve my dream.”

Linda Juve
Plentywood, MT
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

Adam LaVigne portrait“School is an opportunity to springboard one’s future success. If it is treated like a place you have to be, it will never be more than that. As a future navigator of students, I will help them explore, dream, and discover by letting them understand the importance of cutting loose from the anchor of fear.”

Adam LaVigne
Rohnert Park, CA
M.Ed. in Physical Education

Keith Lewis portrait“I’ve been a teacher for 6 years, but the guidelines and regulations prevent taking jobs off-base in Italy. I haven’t been able to find a position on base due to stiff competition. My husband and I are both going to school and living on his income. Financial help takes a lot of the weight off my shoulders so that I can use this downtime to learn.”

Keith Lewis
Sigonella, Sicily, Italy
M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning

Rebecca Marshall portrait“I plan to graduate with absolutely zero student loan debt. Without the trustees of the scholarships available through the U of A, that absolutely would not have been possible. I cannot thank the W.E. Manning Memorial scholarship board enough for making my educational goals attainable and it is an absolute honor to receive this scholarship.”

Rebecca Marshall
Sheridan, AR
B.S.B.A. in General Business

Cassandra Montgomery portrait“I have always had a passion for teaching and leading my community in the right direction. (This program) will enhance my ability to become a better leader for the adult learners, my children and the community. This scholarship will help me continue to pursue my dream to help others.”

Cassandra Montgomery
Dallas, TX
M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning

Jessica Robinson portrait“Getting this scholarship, especially during these strange times, means I have the ability to take classes during the fall and spring semesters. If it hadn’t been for this scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to afford to take classes.”

Jessica Robinson
Fayetteville, AR
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Jason Rose portrait“Receiving this scholarship means a great deal. I have not worked lately because I was taking 20-plus hours each semester for my undergrad engineering degree and would not have been able to work and maintain a family life.”

Jason Rose
Fort Smith, AR
M.S. in Engineering Management

Jennifer Sackett portrait“A leader is always in pursuit of knowledge, whether it be about a topic, a student, or research-based interventions. A leader finds value in others and helps them discover that value, so they in turn can be a leader for future generations. I remain committed to teaching because it provides a sense of worth, unspeakable joy, and an opportunity to be a learner and a leader.”

Jennifer Sackett
Dublin, OH
M.Ed. in Special Education

Bushra Salamah portrait“I am very thankful and grateful to receive this scholarship, as it allows me to be focused and determined on succeeding in my current role as a student in becoming the best Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and not to have to constantly worry about financial constraints that arise while pursing my education.”

Bushra Salamah
Zionsville, IN
Doctor of Nursing

Lisa Schrag portrait“Winning this scholarship means that someone sees my potential. They also see and acknowledge the hard work I’ve put into my college career. It isn’t easy going back to college at the age of 35 because you often doubt yourself. This award proves that I made the right decision and that I’ve done a good job.”

Lisa Schrag
Bentonville, AR
B.A. in Communication

Amanda Seidenzahl portrait“I will be the first in my immediate family to complete a doctorate. I am excited to complete this journey and dedicated to meeting this lifelong goal. I am honored for the opportunity to receive the scholarship as I continue my studies.”

Amanda Seidenzahl
Van Buren, AR
Ed.D. in Human Resource and Workforce Development

Kelley Sells portrait“Being selected for the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship has been such an honor. An honor that I perceive to be a tremendous declaration that represents others’ beliefs in my dream and my ability to successfully serve this wonderful population of students with disabilities.”

Kelley Sells
Copan, OK
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Rebecca Sterner portrait“I am so thankful to receive this scholarship. For me, receiving this scholarship will aid in allowing me to complete my graduate degree debt free.”

Rebecca Sterner
Mena, AR
M.S. in Agricultural & Extension Education

Jay Weatherford portrait“I have always believed a leader is determined by a person or groups willingness to trust and follow that person. If someone does not trust you, they will not see you as a leader. This is why I strive so hard to educate myself and build relationships with my students and athletes.”

Jay Weatherford
Marion, AR
M.Ed. in Physical Education

Daniel Wooten portrait“Receiving this scholarship is a huge blessing for myself and my family. It will help me to work toward my dream of earning a master’s degree and better serve those around me. I’m very grateful for the donors who so selflessly share of their means to help us reach our goals.”

Daniel Wooten
Kennewick, WA
M.S. in Operations Management

Previous Recipients

Caitlin Bennett
Little Rock, AR
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
Caleb J. Findley
Fayetteville, AR
B.A. in Communication
Rachel R. Holt
Huntsville, AR
M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning
Fletcher T. Ryan
Colorado Springs, CO
M.S. in Engineering
Bushra Salamah
Little Rock, AR
Doctor of Nursing
John M. Seidel
Bella Vista, AR
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
Sommer Yount
Pine Bluff, AR
RN to B.S. in Nursing