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.

 

Current Recipients

Alyson Ballew portrait“This scholarship means that I don’t have to pay out of pocket, and as a single parent, saving as much as I can is a huge help.”

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

Carlin Beiler portrait“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship. It is a big financial lift towards helping me graduate and focus on my school instead of work.”

Carlin Beiler
Harrison, AR
B.S.B.A. in Accounting

Sarah Brown portrait"I feel very honored to receive this scholarship. It actually propels me through graduation, so that is a burden lifted off of my husband and me. With the Manning Scholarship, I’ll be able to finish up my master’s degree on time."

Sarah Grace Brown
Fayetteville, AR
M.Ed. in Human Resource and Workforce Development

Haley Burden portrait"I feel very blessed to have been awarded the Manning Scholarship. This scholarship has helped me to continue my education and better myself as a professional. It has been a great opportunity and a blessing."

Haley Burden
Decatur, AR
M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education

William Chambers portrait“I’m very thankful to be a recipient, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. It is definitely going to help me accomplish my goals because it covers about two classes.”

William Chambers
Alexandria, VA
M.S. in Operations Management

Carla Deisher portrait"It was actually pretty overwhelming when I got the email, just because I wasn’t sure that I was even going to qualify for any of the scholarships. I feel incredibly blessed to be one of the people selected for this, and it is really going to help..."

Carla Deisher
Salem, VA
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

Andrea Embrey portrait"I am so very grateful to have received the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship Award. It was an honor to receive this scholarship. The scholarship helped me pay for the cost of my books, as well as some classroom supplies for my students."

Andrea Embrey
Beebe, AR
M.Ed. in Special Education

Tressyn Gehl portrait"I was so happy that I was awarded a scholarship. Every penny just makes it more affordable for me to continue toward my degree. I aspire to be a pediatric nurse practitioner, and this will help me get my bachelor’s degree so I can keep on going."

Tressyn Gehl
Orleans, IN
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

Amy Hopper portrait“The COVID-19 pandemic caused me to lose the financial support my past employer had committed toward my degree. Having already accepted a position in the class of 2022, I didn’t want to postpone getting my education. This scholarship eased some of that unexpected financial stress.”

Amy Hopper
Little Rock, AR
Executive Master of Business Administration

Kelly Johnson portrait“Receiving the scholarship award has been a blessing and has helped me accomplish my goals of becoming an RN and still being able to work.”

Kelly Johnson
Fort Worth, TX
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

Lisa Johnson portrait“When I applied for the scholarship, it was one of my really bad days. When I learned that I’d received it, this success reminded me that you just have to keep fighting, keep pushing forward.”

Lisa Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK
Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning

Caitlin Laney portrait“I was so honored to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship Award. It showed me that the University of Arkansas truly sees students who are contributing a lot to both campus and the community, through working hard to reach personal, academic and career goals.”

Caitlin Laney
Fayetteville, AR
Professional Master of Applied Business Analytics

Brett Littlejohn portrait“I saw a lot of myself in W.E. Manning in, specifically, the way he enjoyed working with other people, but it was more than that,” Littlejohn said. “It was the people-centric approach and how he always made time for students, which is something that I really respect in an educator. As far as the impact of the scholarship, it’s huge.”

Brett Littlejohn
Bentonville, AR
Executive Master of Business Administration

Madeline McCulloch portrait“This scholarship really helped put things into perspective. It makes the last run I have to graduation a lot easier and smoother and relieves some stress so I can focus on studying.”

Madeline McCulloch
Little Rock, AR
B.A. in Communication

Kirstyn Salehi portrait“I was excited when I found out I got the scholarship because it takes the burden off of having more in student loans.”

Kirstyn Salehi
Jonesboro, AR
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Stormy Speaks portrait“I really do feel grateful and fortunate to have received this award. Somebody saw the potential in me as a representative of the university, an embodiment as an online student and a working professional."

Stormy Speaks
Nashville, TN
Ed.D. in Human Resource and Workforce Development

Jennifer Terry portrait“I was so excited to receive the Manning Scholarship. The scholarship means so much to me. It really helps lift a great burden from me so that I feel good about going to school and being able to support my children.”

Jennifer Terry
Bentonville, AR
M.Ed. in Special Education

Laura Wenger portrait“I am excited and honored to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship Award. Being selected as a recipient has relieved some of the stress from my home, work and school life balance."

Laura Wenger
Hot Springs, AR
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

 

Travean Caldwell
Crossett, AR
M.Ed. in Physical Education
Ericka Eggleston
Olive Branch, MS
Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning
Cindi Garcia
Fort Smith, AR
B.S.B.A. in Accounting
Khaleelah Jacks
Lee’s Summit, MO
LPN to B.S. in Nursing

 

Brandon Salvo
Harleysville, PA
M.Ed. in Physical Education
Charlee Tubbs
Wimauma, FL
Ed.D. in Human Resource and Workforce Development


Previous Recipients

2020

Alesha Anderson
Compton, AR
RN to B.S. in Nursing
Kaylee Armendariz
Fayetteville, AR
Doctor of Nursing
Alyson Ballew
Fayetteville, AR
Ed.D in Human Resource and Workforce Development
Bárbara Barroso-Pérez
Springdale, AR
B.A. in Communication
Ashley Hill
Forrest City, AR
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Ryan Jenkins
Fayetteville, AR
M.Ed. in Physical Education
Crystal Johnson
Fayetteville, AR
LPN to B.S. in Nursing
Linda Juve
Plentywood, MT
LPN to B.S. in Nursing




Adam LaVigne
Rohnert Park, CA
M.Ed. in Physical Education
Keith Lewis
Sigonella, Sicily, Italy
M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning
Rebecca Marshall
Sheridan, AR
B.S.B.A. in General Business
Cassandra Montgomery
Dallas, TX
M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning
Jessica Robinson
Fayetteville, AR
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Jason Rose
Fort Smith, AR
M.S. in Engineering Management
Jennifer Sackett
Dublin, OH
M.Ed. in Special Education
Bushra Salamah
Zionsville, IN
Doctor of Nursing




Lisa Schrag
Bentonville, AR
B.A. in Communication
Amanda Seidenzahl
Van Buren, AR
Ed.D. in Human Resource and Workforce Development
Kelley Sells
Copan, OK
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Rebecca Sterner
Mena, AR
M.S. in Agricultural & Extension Education
Jay Weatherford
Marion, AR
M.Ed. in Physical Education
Daniel Wooten
Kennewick, WA
M.S. in Operations Management