April 18, 2024

From left to right: Brian Hargis, Dr. Peggy Doss, Tommy Jarrett, Jeff Weaver, and Roxanne Smith. (Photo provided by Simmons Bank)

Delta Informer Staff – May 23, 2022 – Pine Bluff-based Simmons Bank recently added another contribution to the fast-growing regional’s bank namesake scholarship at the University of Arkansas at Monticello

On April 14, Simmons Bank Regional Community President Tommy Jarrett and Brian Hargis, Monticello community president of the Arkansas bank presented a check for $10,000 to UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss and Jeeff Weaver, vice chancellor for advancement and chief of staff at UAM, and Roxanne Smith, accounting specialist for the UAM Foundation.

“Simmons Bank is a tremendous supporter of UAM, and we thank its leadership for continued support of the Simmons Bank Scholarship,” said Doss of the bank’s ongoing commitment. “The private scholarships in the UAM Foundation are incredibly important for maintaining affordable education for our students, and we hope that Simmons Bank’s generosity inspires additional support for the UAM Foundation.”

“Simmons Bank has proudly supported the communities we serve for more than 100 years,” added Hargis. “It’s an honor for us to add $10,000 to the existing Simmons Bank Endowed Scholarship to benefit a student from our region. We believe investing in our students and their education provides a bright future full of opportunity.”

“Our South Arkansas team recently won an internal contest throughout all the Simmons Bank community divisions. Our region ranked the highest in a number of bank metrics including customer satisfaction,” state Jarrett. “To celebrate our team’s success in 2021, Simmons Bank gave this donation for our associates to allocate to the organization of our choice. We agreed to provide this gift to UAM to increase our current endowed scholarship.”

The Simmons First Bank of South Arkansas Scholarship was established at UAM in 2001 and became fully endowed in November 2002. In 2015, the bank’s name was changed to Simmons Bank. To reflect this, the scholarship was changed to the Simmons Bank Scholarship.

The scholarship can be for any major. The recipients must be from Ashley, Chicot, Desha, or Drew County and have a strong academic background, a GPA of 2.5 or better, a strong work ethic, good personality traits and display excellent professional potential.

In 2021, the UAM Foundation awarded 1,400 privately funded scholarships totaling over $500,000, empowering many students to obtain college educations. For more information about the Simmons Bank Scholarship or the UAM Foundation, contact Jeff Weaver at 870-460-1127.


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