Advance Arkansas Scholarship Established for U of A Nursing Students

The Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing will benefit students from Benton and Washington Counties.
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The Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing will benefit students from Benton and Washington Counties.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Schmieding Foundation of Springdale has made a $40,000 commitment to Campaign Arkansas to support students in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. The foundation’s gift will be matched with another $40,000 from the Robert M. and Bonnie J. Jones Family Trust, in honor of Ann Dorman Cooper, for a total endowment of $80,000.

Gilda Underwood, president of the Schmieding Foundation, said she felt the scholarship would be a great honor for Lawrence Schmieding, the foundation’s namesake, because he understood the importance of finding quality caregivers for aging or ill family members. Schmieding passed away in 2009, and the scholarship has been named the Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing in his memory.

“Our hope is that this scholarship helps a nursing student not have to worry about holding a part-time job,” Underwood said. “We want to help them reduce their loan debt and focus on being the best in their field.”

“The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing is fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with the Schmieding Foundation and appreciates the positive impact they have made on health care in Northwest Arkansas,” said Susan Patton, interim director for the school. “This scholarship will be a valuable resource to students from our area who want to pursue nursing and give back to their community.”

The Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing will specifically benefit nursing students from Washington and Benton Counties who have completed their freshman and sophomore years as full-time students at the U of A. As with all Advance Arkansas scholarships, students who exhibit financial need, have records of academic success and demonstrate a strong desire to complete their degree at the university are eligible.

“A nursing student has a giving heart and will be serving the community for a long time,” Underwood said. “We indicated a preference for local students so they will hopefully remain in Northwest Arkansas and give back to their community.”

Additional gifts associated with the Schmieding name on the university’s campus include fellowships for research in education and in arts and sciences. Lawrence Schmieding was also a member of the university’s Campaign for the Twenty-First Century steering committee, Towers of Old Main and an annual member of the Arkansas Alumni Association.

About the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing: The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice online, a Master of Science in Nursing online and an R.N. to B.S.N. degree-completion program online as well as an on-campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The nursing school is located in the Epley Center for Health Professions, a facility that opened in 2012 with five high-fidelity simulation labs in which mannequins simulate patient conditions and offer scenarios for nursing students to address.

About Campaign Arkansas: Campaign Arkansas is the ongoing capital campaign for the University of Arkansas to raise private gift support for the university’s academic mission and other key priorities. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 billion to support academic and need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, new and renovated facilities, undergraduate, graduate and faculty research, study abroad opportunities and other innovative programs. The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide spectrum of disciplines as it works to fulfill its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource and catalyst.

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.


Jennifer Holland, director of development communications
University Relations


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