Giving Thanks: Scholarship Supports Social Work Student on Path to Help Children in the Foster Care and Adoption System

by | Nov 25, 2019 | Faces of Fulbright, In Their Own Words, Scholarships, Student Success

This holiday season, members of our Fulbright College Family are sharing expressions of gratitude, letters of thanks and their appreciation for those who have helped make their educational journey possible.

Meet MyKala Wallace, who thanks to the Bayard Rustin Endowed Scholarship in African American Studies, is one step closer to her dream career of working with children in the foster care and adoption system.

MyKala WallaceBayard Ruston Endowed Scholarship in African American Studies Recipient MyKala Wallace

Hometown: Little Rock
Graduation: 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Masters of Social Work
Activities/Interests: Dancing, singing, helping others, being family oriented.
Career Aspirations: My career goal is to work with children in the foster care and adoption system.

In her own words:

Dear Dr. Bennett,

I want to say thank you for supporting the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. I was recently notified by Carl Riley, Associate Director of Scholarships, that I have been awarded the Bayard Rustin Endowed Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

I am extremely grateful for the recognition. This is truly an honor to receive this award and vote of confidence.

I am pursuing a Masters of Social Work and plan to graduate in May of 2020. After receiving my second degree, my next academic goal is to receive a license and become a Licensed Master Social Worker. My career goal is to work with children in the foster care and adoption system.

While being in school my parents and I have come out of pocket to help me continue to reach my career goals. I also work part-time at the University of Arkansas as part of the Guest Services team for home football and basketball games.

This scholarship will help me continue to make my dreams come true. It will also take the stress from my parents of having to continue to pay for my schooling and motivate me to push harder and graduate.

Thanks again for giving to the African and African American Studies Program and for helping me achieve my goals.

The University of Arkansas has provided me with an incredible education and I really appreciate the opportunities the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has provided me.


MyKala Wallace

For more information about the Bayard Ruston Endowed Scholarship in African American Studies, or to make a year-end gift to support it, please give online now, or contact Fulbright College’s Office of Development and External Relations at 479-575-3712 or email

Andra Parrish Liwag

Director of Communications, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences 

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