Our Mission

The Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Academy aims to improve educational achievement by all students with special attention to African American students and others who are at risk of academic failure due to socioeconomic disadvantage, or other factors.

The Academy is named for Dr. Charles W. Donaldson, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s retired vice-chancellor of student services, and a champion for student success in the state of Arkansas. Donaldson’s 40-year career was dedicated to student success, and his leadership contributed to $70 million in campus building projects for UA Little Rock students, including the construction of the Student Services Center at UA Little Rock. Even in retirement, he is dedicated to the future of Arkansas’s youth.

Inspired by Donaldson’s work ethic and tenacity, the Donaldson Scholars team is dedicated to achieving the following goals:

  • Create college readiness through ACT preparation and application assistance
  • Prepare students for success in and outside the classroom
  • Increase confidence regarding college attendance and graduation
  • Eliminate the need for remedial classes
  • Build community and relationships
  • Provide financial support through a possible $2,500 annual scholarship, renewable up to four years (for eligible students)

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