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Leonard McDaniel Establishes New Scholarship at A-State


J. Leonard McDaniel congratulates Rob Gordon, first recipient of the Mary Lou McDaniel Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services Scholarship at Arkansas State University.

JONESBORO – Students in the student personnel administration program at Arkansas State University have a new form of assistance available to help them complete their degree.

Through a gift commitment to the university, J. Leonard McDaniel of Jonesboro established the Mary Lou McDaniel Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services Scholarship, in memory of his wife.  In 2015, the McDaniels were inducted into the university's Legacy Society in recognition of their financial commitments to the university.

McDaniel, emeritus registrar, said it was the couple's desire to assist outstanding graduate students in the A-State program that prepares individuals to work in student administration, as he and his wife did before their retirement.  They also wanted to demonstrate a commitment to the importance of supporting students through scholarships.

The first McDaniel Scholarship recipient is Rob Gordon, who grew up in the local region and completed a bachelor's degree in communication studies at A-State.  Currently, he is working as campus experience coordinator for the Office of Recruitment, and he plans a career in higher education.

An A-State alumna with bachelor's and master's degrees, Mrs. McDaniel was emeritus assistant dean of students.  She served in the Division of Student Affairs from 1967 until her retirement in 1992, with one of her major roles being working with the sororities in the Greek Life program.

In support of its mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth, and enrich lives, Arkansas State offers several scholarship opportunities.  Details are available on the university website, AState.edu.

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