Hope-Hempstead B&PW Club Establishes Endowed Scholarship

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that the Hope-Hempstead County Business and Professional Woman’s Club has established an endowed scholarship for a student pursuing a degree in vocational or professional studies. This $17,000 gift from the Hope-Hempstead County B & PW Club will allow the work this club has done for so many years, in assisting with educational needs of its members, to continue for generations through an endowed scholarship.

Chancellor Chris Thomason had the following comments about this new endowment at UACCH. Chancellor Thomason said, “The wonderful ladies of the Hope-Hempstead County B&PW have been dedicated for over 80 years to providing educational opportunities to generations of Hempstead County residents. They have exhibited that commitment through their tireless efforts in community fundraising and unending focus on their educational mission. Their success will always be measured by the lives they have changed instead of dollars raised. UACCH will always ensure that this endowment will be managed in the same spirit that the B&PW Club has served our community for so many years.”

During the signing ceremony, Norma Jean Delaney, who has been active in the club for over 50 years– gave a brief history of the club. She shared a list of fundraisers the club had completed over the years. It was obvious from her recollection of the club’s activities that many long hours had been invested to raise funds for activities like the establishment of this scholarship.

UACCH is honored to be able to now manage this scholarship through the UACCH Foundation. The Foundation is pleased that clubs and organizations understand the value of removing financial barriers to higher education through scholarships like the Lenora Routon Cross Endowed Scholarship, which was established with this donation. The Club also established an annual scholarship that will be awarded starting this Fall Semester at UACCH. This annual scholarship will continue to be awarded until the endowed funds have grown to the point of being able to fund the scholarship.

For more information about the UACCH Foundation, visit the College’s website at www.uacch.edu.

UACCH Names Lance Dean of Business Technology

It has been said many times that it is the faculty, staff, and administration, not the brick and mortar of UACCH, that make the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope a great place to pursue one’s education.  This statement continues to resonate true with the recent announcement that Cindy Lance will be the new Dean of Business Technology.  Lance, who has been a faculty member at the College for over ten years, has deep roots working to make south Arkansas a better place to live and raise a family.

Lance is the daughter of Dr. Wm. C. (Bill) and the late Betty Loe.  She grew up in Magnolia where her dad was head of the Agriculture Department at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) for a number of years.  Dr. Loe instilled in many the desire to improve oneself and the community through education.  Lance furthered her education at SAU where she received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting.  She then completed her Master’s of Business Administration in 1999 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Lance and husband, Steve Lance moved to Hope in 1983.  She began her career in education in 1987 in Hope Public Schools, where she taught until 1998. In January of 1998, Lance began teaching accounting at UACCH. Her role at UACCH has expanded over the years to coordinating the Carl Perkins federally funded grant and serving as the advisor for students pursuing a degree in public school education.

Lance is also active in the community, where she serves as Secretary of the Hope Rotary Club as well as being active in church.  She and Steve are co-owners of Lance and Associates Real Estate where Steve serves as the principal broker and Cindy assists with bookkeeping duties.

 As Dean of Business Technology, Lance will oversee the UACCH Business Department which includes several programs of study.  Please congratulate Cindy Lance on her recent promotion at UACCH.  For more information about UACCH, visit our website at www.uacch.edu.

Year Round Pell

Pell Grant


– Year-Round Pell (Referred to as Two Pell Grants in an Award Year in FSA Handbook)

– Academic Year – *Number of hours that a student enrolled full time is expected to complete in a full academic year (24 credit hours)

– Award Year – The award year is July 1 of one year to June 30 of the following year

– Example: July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010

– Defines the timeframe in which students may receive the maximum amount of Pell funds (now two Scheduled Awards) for a given period


– Possible for a student to receive up to two full Scheduled Pell Awards within one Award Year

– Does not permit student to receive awards concurrently at two institutions

Student Eligibility 09/10 Award Year

*First Scheduled Award

– Student otherwise Pell Grant Eligible

– Enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program (program must be longer than an Academic Year)

– Student otherwise Pell Grant Eligible

– Enrolled at least Half-Time in summer (classes within degree plan)

– Received 100% of 1stScheduledAward (successfully completed 24 credit hours may use a class in the summer to achieve this)

UACCH added to Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce that it is one of two institutions approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing(ASBN) to be added to the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium(ARNEC). Rich Mountain Community College (RMCC) in Mena, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope (UACCH) will join ARNEC for the January 2011 class. Jill Hasley, Program Director of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC), announced today that the Consortium has also received approval from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to increase the number of seats it offers to Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs) who wish to become Registered Nurses.

The six colleges presently in the Consortium are: Arkansas State University-Newport, Black River Technical College-Pocahontas, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas-Nashville, Ozarka College-Melbourne, South Arkansas Community College-El Dorado, and University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

Laura Massey, R.N., Dean of Health Professions at UACCH said, “I am very excited about this partnership and what it will do to increase the educational opportunities for working LPNs in our area. By providing a second pathway to becoming an RN, UACCH is again showing its commitment to the area residents of southwest Arkansas.”

ARNEC was created in 2004 to address the chronic shortage of Registered Nurses in the state’s rural areas. Late last year, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimated that nationally, there will be over 250,000 unfilled jobs for Registered Nurses by 2025.

Currently, ARNEC offers 120 seats at six of the state’s rural two-year colleges. Hasley stated that, in 2011, ARNEC will offer up to forty seats at the six current member colleges, and ten seats each at the two new member colleges. Each college will determine how many more students they can enroll, depending on the availability of clinical instruction space.

ARNEC is currently accepting applications for the January 2011 class. The annual deadline is August 31st. For interested LPNs/LVNs, more information and an admission application are available at www.arnec.org. Students may apply to more than one of the eight ARNEC member colleges, but should only submit an application to their first choice. All applicants will receive a letter regarding their admission status by early October. For more information contact Laura Massey, Dean of Health Professions at UACCH at 870-777-5722.

New Endowed Scholarship

Today, the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowed scholarship that honors husband, father, and teacher Ronald Sweat on his retirement from Blevins School District. Sweat, who was raised in the McCaskill area, has invested 40 years to improving the lives of students at Blevins High School. A1965 Blevins graduate, Mr. Sweat received a bachelor’s degree from Southern State College before returning to Blevins to begin a career in the classroom. However, the classroom is only a small part of the positive impact that he has made on his community and family.

Married to Kim Geist Sweat, Sweat is father of Kyla Sweat Hamilton of Hope and Kellen Sweat of Bauxite. He is often seen riding his 3 grandchildren, Kennedy and Karson Hamilton and Karter Sweat, on the 4-wheeler around the farm. He is active in Avery’s Chapel UMC and has always been involved in activities that support his children and students. When not in the classroom, Sweat can be found on the family farm feeding cattle or whatever chores the day requires.

The Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship will allow others to be able to pursue a dream of helping young people reach their potential. This scholarship is designated for a student seeking a career in Education with a preference given to a Blevins graduate. The scholarship is being established as a retirement surprise by Sweat’s wife and children.

Kim Sweat said, “Ron has always been a supporter of higher education. He has encouraged countless students throughout his 40 years of teaching to further their education beyond high school. He has tried to be a good teacher and role model for our community and its children.”

UACCH is honored to be able to announce the Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship thanks to the caring gift made by this family to the UACCH Foundation. The establishment of this scholarship is a reminder that an Endowed Scholarship is a great way to honor a loved one while giving back to countless others through an endowed scholarship. For more information about this scholarship, visit the UACCH website at www.uacch.edu.