A University of Arkansas at Little Rock dean has made a planned gift of approximately $50,000 to benefit the university’s STEM efforts.
Dr. Brian Berry, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, has pledged the gift to the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This gift will create the Dr. Brian Berry Endowed Scholarship for the Sciences, which will provide funding for students in the Donaghey College of STEM who are majoring in sciences.
Students will be able to use these funds for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
“I love this institution, and I love its mission,” Berry said in a statement. “This place has meant a lot to me. I am a first-generation college student. I couldn’t even dream of a Ph.D. when I first got here, but this place gave me more to dream about. I got hooked into chemistry and research, and I decided to get my Ph.D. I’ve always been thankful for the opportunities that UA Little Rock has given to me, and it’s natural to want to establish something to give back to the institution that has given me so much.”
Berry holds a doctorate in applied science and chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has served as the director of the Applied Science Program at UA Little Rock, and as the graduate coordinator and the chair of the Department of Chemistry.