LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A new program at the University of Arkansas is giving low income students a chance to go to college.
U of A chancellor G. David Gearhart is one of only 80 college leaders nationwide asked to attend President Obama`s White House Conference. Now, he wants to open the school's doors to more who struggle financially.
"Obama hopes to get colleges and universities and chancellors to take seriously the great need of helping students who are at risk in this country," he explained.
The president told attendees to find ways to enroll students in different income brackets; that could include scholarships, loans and help in preparing for entrance exams.
Right now, the U of A in Fayetteville is the only school in Arkansas to sign onto the president`s new low income plan. The university plans to take advantage of a $2.1 million gift from the Walton family foundation for mentoring programs to help low-income students.