Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for Economic Development successfully hosted its “Shark Tank”-inspired high school innovation competition Thrown to the Wolves thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation.

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“Northeast Arkansas is blessed to have an organization like the Arvest Foundation that supports and nurtures entrepreneurship in our region,” Delta Center Executive Director Andrea Allen said. “Their generous gift to the Thrown to the Wolves high school innovation competition gives our local youth the opportunity to transform their innovative ideas into reality.”

Arvest Bank Community Bank President Kevin Hufstedler and AVP Selena Barber presented the check to Allen, University Center Program Director Mary Margaret Jackson and A-State Innovate Strategic Advisor Alan Keith.

“The Arvest Foundation aims to support local organizations working to improve the quality of life in our communities,” Hufstedler said. “A-State’s Delta Center for Economic Development and their efforts to foster youth entrepreneurship is a perfect example of this, and we’re proud to present this gift on the foundation’s behalf.”