INTRODUCTION: It is very difficult for youth in Eudora Arkansas to escape the generations-old cycle of poverty <> minimal education <> underemployment. This campaign is focused on breaking that cycle and turning the tide for some of the successful, promising high school students of Eudora with essential, but limited financial support.
PURPOSE: The Georgia Virginia Nichols-Campbell Foundation (GVN-C) raises funds to provide financial support to students who are graduates of Lake Side High School and residents of Eudora, Arkansas. The selection of the students and the amount of the support is administered by UABP based on the students need, and is determined after acceptance as an undergraduate. The cost of one year at UAPB is approximately $6,000.
GOAL: The Foundation’s goal is to help at least five students ‘jumpstart’ their academic career by providing financial support of UP TO a full first year, and applied as determined by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff toward tuition, room and board and books as necessary. So we have set our goal at $30,000. Funds that are not awarded due to fewer accepted students will roll over to the next year for the next cohort of students from Eudora.
BACKGROUND: The GVN-C. Foundation carries on the life work of Mrs. Georgia Virginia Nichols-Campbell who was an educator for the Eudora, Arkansas and Chicago, Illinois public school systems. Mrs. Campbell often witnessed the disappointments of students who wanted to continue their educational pursuits beyond high school but were without the financial means to do so. As a tribute, the Foundation provides financial support for the first year at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The only criteria that the Foundation places on UAPB’s selection of students for financial support is, the student must have graduated from Lake Side High School, are residents of Eurdora, AR., Mrs. Campbell’s hometown, and accepted and enrolled at UAPB beginning as a freshman.
Since 1997 the Foundation has awarded twenty-two, four-year tuition scholarship to Eudora's youth and demonstrated its commitment to moving those she loved towards greatness. "The GVN-C Foundation is a role-model for small-town America" -Congressman Danny K. Davis
ABOUT EUDORA, AND IT’S PEOPLE: Eudora is a town of approximately 2,500 people located in Chicot county in the southeastern corner of the state. The racial makeup of the city was 13.94% White, 84.50% Black or African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. The 2010 census reports that the median income for a household in the city was $17,857, and the median income for a family was $19,840. About 34.6% of families and 36.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.3% of those under age 18 and 30.0% of those age 65 or over.
ABOUT UAPB: University of Arkansas--Pine Bluff is a public institution that was founded in 1873. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,401, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 318 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Arkansas--Pine Bluff's ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges in Regional Colleges (South), is 45. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,956 (2014-15); out-of-state tuition and fees are $11,626 (2014-15).
WHAT GVN-C FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS HAVE SAID:
“In a time when so many people are in it for “me” it is good to see other folks like Bob stepping up to the plate to be an advocate for the underserved.” --- Dr. Don I. Tharpe Exec VP & COO, Council on Foundations, Wash. D.C
“Your generosity and dedication to academically talented and financially challenged students is so clearly demonstrated by your tireless efforts to raise scholarship funds” --- Brenda C. Sinclair Principal, Fairfax Cy Schools
“As the Foundation recognizes and rewards its honorees, it is contributing to the building of better lives for all of our people” --- James Franklin & Pamela Parham Jones, Chillicothe OH
“Because of your tireless initiatives, many special youths from Eudora Arkansas, will receive educations that will propel them toward greater achievements.” --- Jan Knighton
“Providing education and preparation for our youth, is the only way to ensure their success, and you are doing that…” Dave Arline, Herndon VA
“I know that your work will change the lives of not only the young people and their families who will benefit from the scholarships, but in addition all of the people that are a part of this important work”. --- Tony Hubbard
“You bring honor to the work your mother started and you exhibit obedience to her example of caring for and giving to others, as well as promoting and financially supporting the educational achievement and success of our youth – our future. --- Helen and Yvonne Calloway
“Many of us leave our hometowns and never return nor give back to their community. Thankfully you haven’t done that. Your thoughtfulness in providing scholarships for promising students in Eurora is both commendable and deserving of recognition” --- Nancy Schiele, Virginia via Lake Providence
“You are truly making a difference in the lives of your scholarship recipients and all who come in contact with your leadership and spirit”. JoAnn Jenkins, Oak Hill VA
“Your mother obviously touched the lives of many during her years as a teacher and mentor. You are continuing her legacy through the G.V.N.-C. Foundation that carries on the work she started.” --- Opal Cotton, Reston VA