(L-R): Mr. Ellis Bell, Founder/President of Bell Community Foundation and Ms. Catherine Coleman, Board Member for Bell Community Foundation, present a check for $16,542 to benefit UAPB Animal Science students Maleek Ware, Azia Pugh-Thomas, and Ashlyn Carlton. UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander and Dr. Mary E. Benjamin, vice chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development were also present to lend their support.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was awarded $16, 542 recently by Bell Community Services to help increase the number of animal science graduates. A 501(c) 3 corporation, Bell Community Services is a college readiness STEM-focused program that partners with science teachers, colleges and others to inspire middle school and high school students to become college ready.

Bell Community Services received Monsanto funding to help advance its mission of helping to ensure a resilient agricultural economy. Partnering with the UAPB STEM Academy to increase the number and diversity of animal science professionals who will provide service and conduct needed research for livestock farmers is critical to the economy, the U.S. and the global food supply.

The funds will go to assist UAPB students Ashlyn Carlton, Azia Pugh-Thomas, Maleek Ware, who are each majoring in agricultural science (animal option). According to UAPB, Ashlyn Carlton is a Matteson, IL native who aspires to become a wildlife biologist or conservation scientist. Azia Pugh-Thomas hails from Desoto, TX and looks to obtain her Ph.D. in veterinary science with the goal of opening her own veterinarian practice. Maleek Ware is from Pine Bluff, AR and plans to pursue his master’s degree, become a Wildlife Biologist and one day have his own wildlife television show. As a result of the award, each student will each receive a monthly stipend and a funded trip to a professional meeting.

For more information, contact UAPB’s STEM Academy at (870) 575-7112.



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