The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Monday that it has received a $2.2 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to establish the Windgate Foundation Scholarship Endowment and fund the John Miller Howard Art and Education Legacy Exhibition at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery at the UAPB Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center, according to a news release.


The scholarship endowment will provide funding each year to assist eligible students with education-related expenses. Entering and current students pursuing any degree plan are now eligible to apply.


“It is always remarkable when organizations, such as Windgate, partner in our institution’s mission to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. So it is with extreme gratitude and excitement that we enthusiastically accept this gift and thank Windgate for recognizing UAPB’s role in educating the next generation,” UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander said.


Patricia Forgy, Windgate Foundation executive director, said: “Windgate Foundation is pleased to partner with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to create significant academic opportunities for student success. The Windgate Scholarship Endowment fits perfectly with UAPB’s mission of providing access and opportunity to academically deserving students and producing graduates who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership,”


The Howard Exhibition is named in honor of the late John Miller Howard, who was an artist, founder of the UAPB Department of Art, and art educator at the university for four decades. The exhibition, to open in the fall of 2020 and run through 2022, will feature Howard’s paintings, personal letters, collectibles, two photos, and memoirs.


Arkansas Delta region public and private schools will be invited to view the exhibit. The Windgate Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993 and has awarded more than $698 million in grants.