FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Caroline White of Greenwood has received a Black and Reeder scholarship to the University of Arkansas. The scholarship was established through an endowment by Sherman and Lynnette Reeder Black, both U of A alumni who attended Greenwood High School. The current U of A students who received the Black and Reeder scholarship include Brandon Heiss, Gavin Heller and Peyton Short.


White is the daughter of Aaron and Amy White of Greenwood. She will be an incoming freshman this fall at the U of A, where she plans to major in engineering in the College of Engineering. As a student at Greenwood High School, White was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Greenwood High School band.


The Blacks created this scholarship as a way to give back to the community and honor their parents, Galen and Wilma Black and Van and Carolyn Reeder, long-time residents of Greenwood. This scholarship program supports Greenwood High students who are seeking engineering or business degrees at the U of A. One scholarship is awarded each year to a qualified graduating senior. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years, as long as the student remains enrolled at the university and meets requirements, such as maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.


Sherman Black graduated from the U of A in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He is a member of the Engineering Advisory Council and Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers.


Lynnette Reeder Black also graduated from the U of A in 1987, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. The Blacks were inducted into the Towers of Old Main in 2011 and currently reside in Minnesota.


About the College of Engineering: The University of Arkansas College of Engineering is the largest engineering program in the state of Arkansas. Over the past decade, the college has experienced unprecedented growth. Undergraduate enrollment has doubled since 2007, and total enrollment in the college is now over 4,000 students. The College of Engineering offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in nine engineering fields, as well as incorporating distance learning and interdisciplinary programs. Faculty in the college conduct research in many key areas, including electronics, energy, healthcare logistics, nanotechnology, transportation and logistics.


About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.