MONTICELLO — The family of the late William J. “W.J.” McKiever is creating an endowed scholarship in the University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation Fund to honor McKiever and his son, Dr. Randy McKiever.


An initial gift of $1,000 has been made to the UAM Foundation Fund.


The Dr. William J. McKiever and Dr. William Randall McKiever Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Medicine Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior pre-pharmacy or pre-medicine student recommended by the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.


The recipient must be a full-time student with a grade point average of 3.25 or above with first preference given to students from Drew County.


“I want to thank the McKiever family for its generosity in creating an endowment that will benefit future generations of students,” UAM Chancellor Karla Hughes said in a news release. “We are proud of our programs in pre-medicine and pre-pharmacy and it’s fitting that a scholarship honoring two distinguished graduates of these programs will help our graduates follow in their footsteps.”


The late W.J. McKiever was a long-time pharmacist at Monticello. He attended Arkansas A&M College (now UAM) before attending pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1959 with a doctorate in pharmacy. He purchased City Rexall Drug and became the youngest registered pharmacist in Arkansas to own a pharmacy.


Randy McKiever graduated summa cum laude from UAM in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in biology before attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, graduating with an M.D. in 1981. From 1983-86 he was the emergency room physician at the DeQueen Medical Center before returning to Monticello in 1986 to open McKiever Clinic. He practiced family medicine until retiring for health reasons in 2006.


Donors to the McKiever Scholarship may contact the Office of Advancement at 870-460-1028.