Today, the Arkansas Lottery Commission and its two international vendors announced a $40,000 gift to be shared by Arkansas Upward
Bound programs to improve technology-based education for UB students.
The gift was made by Scientific Games of Alpharetta, GA, and Intralot, Inc., of Duluth, GA, the two major vendors who support the operation of the Arkansas Lottery’s instant and draw games. Sale of those tickets is the sole source for the $375.7 Million provided for college scholarships in Arkansas by the Lottery operation.
“The Arkansas Lottery Commission is proud of the success of Arkansas college students who benefit from the Academic Challenge Scholarships. With this generous donation from our vendors, we can now take pride in helping deserving students prepare to attend college and achieve great things,” said Lottery Director Bishop Woosley. “Commissioner Ben Pickard (of Searcy) came up with this idea when he was Chairman and worked hard to make this day happen, and he deserves credit along with our partners at Intralot and Scientific Games.”
Present for the announcement were Mary Kate Snow, President, Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs and Director TRiO Student Support Services, Pulaski Technical College; Dr. Constance Nowell, Trio Coordinator, ASU-Beebe; Ms. Melissa Rust, V.P. Governmental Relations, representing Dr. Donald Bobbitt, University of Arkansas System; Robert S. Evans, Director Governmental Relations, representing Dr. Charles Welch, Arkansas State University System; Mr. Rex Nelson, President,
Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities; Dr. Edward Franklin, Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges; and Mr. Shane Broadway, Interim Director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Steve Beck and Toben Molica represented Intralot and Scientific Games respectively.
TRiO Upward Bound and several other similar TRiO programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In many communities, these programs are some of the only programs available that help students overcome the class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.