"I believe that my education, coming from the University of Arkansas, has a significant influence on helping me to achieve my career goals."
A W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for online students at the University of Arkansas will help Rebecca Marshall advance her banking career and graduate with no student loan debt with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in General Business degree.
“Many people who are highly regarded at my place of employment are University of Arkansas educated,” said Marshall, who lives in a rural community in the south-central Arkansas timberlands and works in the Investment Services group at Simmons Bank in Pine Bluff. “I believe that my education, coming from the University of Arkansas, has a significant influence on helping me to achieve my career goals. I considered other higher learning institutions that offer online options but decided on the University of Arkansas because of the opportunities and educational experience that this particular university offers me.”
Marshall was one of 23 people to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. When she graduates, she will be the first in her immediate family to earn a college degree. But she isn’t going to stop there. She plans to apply for the Master of Business Administration program and hopes to someday be put in charge of operations at Simmons Bank.
“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,” she said. “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.”