The University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund has received donations totaling $100,000 to create an endowed scholarship in honor of Bennie F. Ryburn, Jr., and his wife, Marion Burge Ryburn. They are pictured above with former UAM Chancellor Dr. Jack Lassiter.

Mr. and Mrs. Ryburn, the Bank of Star City, First State Bank of Warren, and Commercial Bank and Trust Company of Monticello made the donations to create the scholarship.

The endowment will fund a scholarship to be presented annually to a first-time full-time freshman who graduated from a high school in Drew, Lincoln, Cleveland, Jefferson, Lafayette, or Bradley Counties. The scholarship may be renewed for up to three additional years for a maximum of four years or eight semesters. The recipient must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above on at least 24 credit hours each year to retain the scholarship. Funds from the scholarship may be used toward the cost of tuition, required fees, books, board, and university-owned housing.

Bennie Ryburn, Jr., and Marion Burge Ryburn have a long and rich history with UAM. Both attended the institution, as did their children. Bennie Ryburn, Jr., served as a state representative in the Arkansas General Assembly and introduced legislation to make what was then Arkansas A&M College a part of the University of Arkansas System. His father, Bennie Ryburn, Sr., served as chairman of the board of Arkansas A&M and his son, Bennie Ryburn, III, is a past chairman of the UAM Board of Visitors.

“We are pleased to accept this generous gift from, and on behalf of, the Ryburn family,” said Linda Yeiser, vice chancellor for advancement. “This is the second endowment in the Foundation Fund that bears the Ryburn name and its only fitting considering the Ryburns have long been a part of the history and tradition of the university.”