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The Schmieding Foundation of Springdale, Arkansas has made a $40,000 commitment to support students in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas (U of A). Their gift will be matched with $40,000 from the Robert M. and Bonnie J. Jones Family Trust for a total endowment of $80,000.

Gilda Underwood, president of the Schmieding Foundation, felt the scholarship would be a great honor to Lawrence Schmieding, the foundation’s namesake, who understood the importance of quality caregivers for aging and ill family members. In honor of his passing away in 2009, the scholarship has been named in his memory as the Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing.

Underwood tells News.UArk.edu, “Our hope is that this scholarship helps a nursing student not have to worry about holding a part-time job. We want to help them reduce their loan debt and focus on being the best in their field…A nursing student has a giving heart and will be serving the community for a long time. We indicated a preference for local students so they will hopefully remain in Northwest Arkansas and give back to their community.”

The scholarship will specifically benefit nursing students from Washington and Benton Counties who have completed their freshman and sophomore years as full-time students at U of A. Students who exhibit financial need, have records of academic success, and demonstrate a strong desire to complete their degree at the university will be eligible for the scholarship.

To learn more about the Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing available to University of Arkansas nursing students, visit here.

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