Campbell & Company of Magnolia, Inc. has been a proud supporter of Southern Arkansas University for over 25 years. Beginning last year, a $25,000 commitment was made to provide two scholarships per year for 10 years.
The scholarship is intended for incoming freshmen who are majoring in a degree plan within the Rankin College of Business, have graduated from a school located in Columbia County, have demonstrated leadership experience and community service, and have a minimum GPA of 3.25.
The recipients of the $1,250 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year are Eli Ward and Ashunty Weaver.
Ashunty Weaver is a Business Management major from Magnolia. Ashunty shared, “In high school, I worked two jobs to save money for college so that my parents would not have to pay for everything on their own. Still, my savings were not enough to cover my expenses for college. When I walk across the stage as an SAU graduate, I will remember the Campbell & Company Insurance Agency and the opportunities that were provided to me through this scholarship.” Following graduation, Ashunty plans to pursue a career in Business Management.
Eli Ward is a Finance-Entrepreneurship major from Magnolia. Following graduation, Eli plans to own and operate a trucking and excavation business. “I enjoy being a part of the Magnolia and SAU community and hope to give back just as Campbell & Company has done,” said Eli.
“It is important for us to lessen financial obstacles for students to help make their decision to attend and return year after year easier,” said Macy Braswell, executive director of SAU Foundation. “Scholarship support means they can focus on being successful students and less on how they’ll pay for tuition and textbooks.”
This gift was a part of the University’s Love and Loyalty Campaign, an effort that is in its fifth and final year seeking to raise $22.275 million. Increasing the number of scholarship endowments available through the SAU Foundation is a major focus of the campaign. For more information on the Love and Loyalty Campaign, please visit www.sauloveandloyalty.com or contact the Division of Advancement at 870-235-4078.