Smalley bestows endowment to honor son’s memory
Corning High School students for years to come will soon become the recipient of an A-State scholarship due to a kind benefactor; a former Corning graduate. Arkansas State University announced a planned gift for scholarships that will honor the late son of Jim Smalley, a former Corning resident now residing in Fayetteville. The scholarships will be given in the name of Beau Smalley, and the donor. Beau was a 2007 graduate of Jessieville High, while Jim graduated from Corning High School in 1971. After high school graduation Jim went on to complete his bachelor's degree in business at Arkansas State in 1976.
Jim Smalley has chosen to honor Beau and the importance of education by making Arkansas State University the beneficiary of one of his retirement savings funds, currently valued at $1.3 million, through his will. Smalley expressed to Arkansas State University that a value he shared with his son was the commitment to the importance of a good education. Jim elected to commemorate Beau’s life by assisting students at Jessieville High School, in Garland County and Corning High School with their education at A-State.
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