Farm Credit of Western Arkansas Awards Scholarships to Bumpers Students

Wells Clark and Dodge Cowart
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Wells Clark and Dodge Cowart

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Wells Clark and Dodge Cowart, students in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Cowart, a 2015 Kirby High School graduate, is majoring in poultry science, while Clark, a 2015 Bentonville High School graduate, is a double-major in agribusiness and agricultural education.

"We proudly award these well-deserved scholarships in recognition of their many academic accomplishments and student leadership," said Glen Manchester, chief executive officer of Farm Credit. "Our scholarships are supporting the future of western Arkansas agriculture, agribusinesses and rural communities. Many recipients have agricultural backgrounds. Some are pursuing agricultural degrees or careers that support agriculture in some way. Others plan to continue living in rural communities. We've distributed $186,000 in scholarship awards since 1996 to assist talented young people like Dodge and Wells in achieving their academic goals."

A total of 20 western Arkansas students were awarded academic scholarships from Farm Credit.

Farm Credit helps finance farms, agricultural businesses and the rural lifestyle which directly benefits western Arkansas communities. 

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Lacey Howard, communications intern
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


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