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Conway univeristy continues to give back
Conway univeristy continues to give back

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Central Arkansas in Conway is continuing their tradition of giving back to the city by holding their second annual Day of Giving. 

Set for March 17, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the university will go around town helping those who need it most. Tasks such as raking, picking up trash and cleaning homes are including in what the UCA Bears will be doing to help those in the community. It is all a part of one big goal, and that is to raise funds that will go towards emergency student scholarships. 

“Spring 2015 was our first Day of Giving and the response was phenomenal. This is an important initiative on campus and we encourage all alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students to help in this effort. Every gift, regardless of size, really helps,” said President Tom Courtway.

Emergency student scholarships are one-time scholarships given to students who find themselves in dire straits.

“We annually budget for emergency scholarships, however, every year the need is greater than the funds available,” said Haley Fowler, director of annual giving. “For example, a student’s father passed away suddenly. The student found herself working two jobs, taking out loans and still not having enough money for college. She turned to the emergency scholarship fund to get assistance for the semester.”

The university hopes to raise $11, 754 on the UCA Day of Giving. Fowler said several donors have agreed to match donations raised on the UCA Day of Giving dollar for dollar. The Student Government Association will match up to $1,000. UCA Board of Trustees Member Bunny Adcock and his wife, Carol, will match up to $5,000. Gary D. and Monica Cooper and Dr. Terry and Dr. Joyce Fiddler will match gifts raised up to $1,500. Gary and Terry are both members of the UCA Foundation Board of Directors.

If you are interested in donating, you can call (501) 852-2743 or visit uca.edu/go/dayofgiving.