16 Earn Benjamin Lever Fellowships
The University of Arkansas Graduate School has awarded Benjamin Lever Tuition Fellowships to 16 graduate students. The award aims to increase diversity within graduate degree programs by providing financial assistance to students from underrepresented groups.
The Lever fellowship covers graduate tuition costs for awardees.
The Lever Fellows for fall 2019 are:
- Ian Chennell, athletic training
- Gloria Deveraux, music
- Tayler Estrada, athletic training
- Abigail Flynn, athletic training
- Ethan Godfrey, music
- Rian Healy, athletic training
- Blake Hockaday, athletic training
- Renae Merrill, public policy
- Evan Rochat, athletic training
- Rolando Rodriguez, communication disorders
- Dominic Romero, teacher education
- Laura Smith, athletic training
- Gordon Xiong, counseling
- Rachel Backes, heath, sport and exercise science
- Mariah Green, public administration
- Stacee Lyles, music
Lever fellowship applications are now being accepted for the spring semester. The application deadline is Nov. 15.
Vicky Hartwell, director
Graduate Fellowships and Program Support
Chancellor Joe Steinmetz and Vice Chancellor Yvette Murphy-Erby gave updates about the return to campus and efforts to be more inclusive.
The Path Program provides mentoring and scholarships to support exceptional students from underrepresented populations.
A $1 million gift from Ray and Deborah Dillon of Little Rock will be split between the Anthony Timberlands Center and a new endowed chair.
Students in the U of A Department of Communication recently finished a documentary film, Barrier-Breaking Women in Indian Cinema, for the online 2020 Bentonville Film Festival.
Sherif Sharfadine, a U of A graduate student, has been selected to participate in the Global Burden of Crop Loss Initiative, which focuses on the impact of pests on food production and availability.