Maya Tims, a second-year student from Little Rock, Ark., has been announced as the recipient of the Little Rock Nine Foundation scholarship at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
The Clinton School scholarship was established in 2013 by the Little Rock Nine in appreciation of President Bill Clinton and in recognition of the public service work performed by Clinton School students. Tims recently spent her summer abroad working with Junior Achievement Tanzania, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs that prepares the young people of Tanzania for employment and entrepreneurship. This year, she is working on an assessment project with the UA Little Rock Study Abroad program.
This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.
Nine African-American students – Melba Pattillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Terrence Roberts, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Thelma Mothershed Wair, and the late Jefferson Thomas – became known as the Little Rock Nine when they integrated Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957.
“We are honored and are most grateful to the Little Rock Nine for the establishment of this scholarship fund,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “Over the years the Little Rock Nine, as a group and individually, have participated in Clinton School programs and met with our students. Spirit Trickey, daughter of Minnijean Brown Trickey, is one of our graduates and Elizabeth Eckford spoke at our 2018 commencement.”
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.