Local Students awarded UAPB Scholarships


Three Pine Bluff students have been awarded scholarships to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Yamnah Sargent and Blaise Hale each were awarded Academic Scholarships from the UAPB Office of Recruitment. To be eligible for the Academic Scholarship, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 21 and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Academic Scholarship pays full tuition.

Sargent is the daughter of Yaminah Hawkins and Brent Sargent, and will graduate in May from Pine Bluff High School. Her main activities include Band and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Ms. Sargent will major in Chemistry at UAPB with plans on becoming a Pharmacist upon completing her degree.

“I made the choice to attend UAPB because I wanted to go to a school that is close to home, and everyone in my family who has a college degree, earned it from UAPB. It is only fitting that I uphold the family tradition and follow in their footsteps,” Sargent said. “The Academic Scholarship will help me to reach the goals that I have set for myself and better my education.”

Hale is the daughter of Jarvis and Carnitris Hale, and will graduate in May from Pine Bluff High School. Her main activities include Yearbook Staff, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the National Honor Society. While attending UAPB, Ms. Hale will major in English and Hale plans to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in English with goals of becoming an English teacher and fiction writer.

“UAPB offered me a scholarship that I simply could not turn down. This scholarship is an investment in my future and I love the idea of going to college, getting an education and not have to worry about any future debt,” Hale said. “UAPB is close to home as well, that was an important factor in my decision to attend UAPB.”

Chelsea Osademe was awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship. To be eligible for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 21, be the Valedictorian or Salutatorian of their high school class and a have cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The Chancellor’s Scholarship pays for tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Ms. Osademe is the daughter of Shelia Osademe, and will graduate in May from Dollarway High School. Her main activities include cheerleader, ROTC, Upward Bound, Senior Class President, Pathways to College and Girls State. Ms. Osademe has a strong academic preparation maintaining a 3.9 GPA. While attending UAPB she will major in Biology and minor in English with plans on attending medical school and becoming an OB/GYN.

“UAPB has a friendly environment and is close to home. I also wanted to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and UAPB feels like the perfect fit for me,” Osademe said. “The Chancellor’s Scholarship will allow me the opportunity to attend college debt free and that is a remarkable opportunity.”

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