The Arkansas State University Foundation recently received a donation in the amount of $10,000 from the Arvest Foundation. The gift will be used by the school’s Student Philanthropy Council as a 1:1 match on #GivingTuesday, which is Dec. 1, to raise necessary funding for the Student Emergency Fund. The Student Emergency Fund was established to help students in financial crisis stay enrolled at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

“A multi-faceted approach is essential for providing students with a positive, supportive, enriched college experience and these outreach programs are certainly important elements of that effort,” Arkansas State University chancellor Kelly Damphousse said. “Our university has graduated many successful alumni who work for Arvest, so we are proud of their success and we appreciate the foundation’s continued support of our institution.”

“Students’ college years are among their most enjoyable, but they can also be among the most challenging,” said Kevin Hufstedler, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Northeast Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas State. “As a community partner in education, we want to invest in these students in every way so they will have an enjoyable and productive college experience, graduate and go on to succeed in their careers.”