Peyton Short 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.

Short is the son of Brett and Faith Short of Greenwood. He will be an incoming freshman this fall at the U of A where he plans to major in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. As a student at Greenwood High School, Short has been active in Beta Club, serving as president, and in National Honor Society as vice president. He also proudly served as the school’s mascot, "Bogie."

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.