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The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith this week received an $8 million gift from the Windgate Foundation for students and art programs.
The university will use more than $4 million to provide need-based university scholarships. Another $394,000 will go toward academic program development and expansions, and $240,000 will be used to establish the university’s first artist-in-residence program.
The remaining $120,000 will support paid internships for emerging student artists and designers.
“As an educator, I am so moved by what this support will do for our students,” Katie Waugh, head of the UAFS Art Department, said in a news release. “This gift will broaden their access to professional and creative communities, and it is an absolute dream to be given the chance to build new ways to support them.”
The donation also includes more than $2.8 million for the Windgate Art and Design Building Facility Endowment. The building was completed in 2015, thanks to a $15.5 million grant from the foundation.
Any UAFS student who is eligible to receive Pell Grants, and who receives no other form of free aid, will qualify for the gift-funded scholarships. They will cover the $1,235 in tuition and fees that pell grants don’t cover. UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley said that about 150 students per year need this type of financial assistance.