LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UALR) Harold and Syble Gwatney, parents of the late state senator and Democratic Party chair Bill Gwatney, have presented UALR with an additional gift of $50,000 to increase the endowment of a political science scholarship in their son's memory.
The Bill Gwatney Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established shortly after the younger Gwatney was shot and killed in the state Democratic Party headquarters in 2008. His parents made a gift of $100,000 in December 2008 to endow the scholarship.
The additional gift will provide more scholarships for deserving political science students at UALR. Mr. and Mrs. Gwatney said that they decided to increase the endowment after reading letters from UALR political science students who had received Gwatney Memorial Scholarships.
"Harold said he wanted more scholarships awarded and that he hoped his gift could serve that purpose," said Dr. Art English, professor of political science.