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Governor George and Louvenia Donaghey

Governor George and Louvenia Donaghey
Governor George and Louvenia Donaghey had a vision for Arkansans that included quality education for its young people. In1927 they presented Little Rock Junior College, UALR's predecessor, with a portion of their estate hoping that it would be of some help in turning that dream into a reality.

More than 80 years later, Joy Matlock is affirmation that the Donaghey's vision remains very much alive. A graduate of the Donaghey Scholars program, Joy found this honors curriculum to be just what she was seeking when she began applying for admission to a variety of universities across the country. Instead of leaving Arkansas to find her future, however, Joy moved out of her family home and into UALR's resident hall.

"I appreciate the diversity and different perspectives the Donaghey Scholars program afforded – there were students from Brazil and a young man who had never left Arkansas," she said. "The travel, the level of conversation – it let us see the world as a bigger place."

Joy went on to earn a juris doctorate and a master's degree in international affairs from Washington University before returning to Arkansas. Coupled with her experience as a Donaghey Scholar, Joy had the foundation needed to realize a dream of her own—working to assist families within the field of international development with Heifer International.

It is through the generous contributions of loyal supporters that students like Joy are able to take advantage of the UALR experience and education.
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