Sept. 15, 2008 | The difficulties of raising a family without a degree or a promising career path is a situation Jennifer Crumpton knew all too well. Thanks to being chosen an Academic All-Star by the
Crumpton, 26, is earning a baccalaureate of nursing degree from the UAMS College of Nursing tuition-free after becoming UAMS’ first-ever Academic All-Star. She became eligible for the scholarship after she was chosen by Pulaski Tech as its Academic All-Star for 2007, which meant her second-year tuition at the two-year college was paid through a scholarship and her subsequent education at the school of her choice in
“I knew that UAMS was the school for me to help me get my career moving in the direction I’d like,” Crumpton said. “I’m grateful to have my financial issues taken care of and am ready to put my full efforts into my studies at UAMS.”
The Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges began the program to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of students attending the state’s 23 two-year colleges. Nominations at each two-year institution are based on academic performance, awards, honors, academic achievements and service to the college and the community. Most of the state’s four-year universities honor those scholarships and continue paying tuition through the Academic All-Stars’ junior and senior years.
“We’re proud to be a part of this program and we are very happy to have named Ms. Crumpton our very first Academic All-Star,” said Larry D. Milne, Ph.D., vice chancellor for academic affairs and research administration at UAMS. “She represents us well and embodies what the goal of this program strives to accomplish.”
Crumpton said she will ultimately pursue a master’s degree in nursing and would like to specialize in women’s health.
“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to attend UAMS and gain the education and experience from one of the best nursing programs in the country,” Crumpton said. “I’m a firm believer in making the most of your opportunities, and I certainly am planning to do that at UAMS.”
Crumpton, a Vilonia native living in North Little Rock, was a member of the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa and has appeared on the Dean’s and President’s List at Pulaski Tech.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the