Philander Smith College, a private HBCU in Little Rock, announced that it has received a $250,000 gift from an anonymous donor that will allow the institution to award $2,500 scholarships to 100 sophomores and juniors for the 2021-2022 academic year.
“We are so grateful that Philander Smith College is the recipient of this extremely generous and important gift. As we continue our legacy of providing opportunities for promising young scholars, it is gratifying to be supported by such a meaningful philanthropic gesture,” said PSC President Roderick L. Smothers in a statement.
School officials said the donor indicated the gift was made to support the “important work” being done by Philander Smith College to graduate advocates for social justice.
One recent student who benefited from scholarships at PSC is J’Nya Thompson, a 2021 White House HBCU Scholar.
Philander Smith, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is a founding member of the United Negro College Fund.