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UA Rich Mountain Foundation – Providing Opportunities and Growth


The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Foundation is the philanthropic arm for a cornerstone institution that strives daily to change and improve lives and, thereby, the communities in which it serves. The UA Rich Mountain Foundation builds strong relationships within the private sector to provide invaluable resources through private donations and in-kind support for the purpose to accomplish the goals of the local college. Established in 1983, the Foundation is now a multi-million dollar thriving organization that awards multiple scholarships each year, providing opportunities to students of all ages throughout the region UA Rich Mountain serves.

The UA Rich Mountain Foundation is directed by Tammy Young and governed by a 14 member Board of Directors, who serve three year terms with the option of serving a second term. The current Board is comprised of the following community/civic leaders: John Vacca – Chair, Dr. Hector Costamagna – Vice Chair, Al Gathright – Secretary, Dr. Phillip Wilson – Treasurer, David Alley, Charles “Bo” Collins,  Mark Fretz, Brian Hensley, Joe Liles, Avel Mendoza, Damon Miller, Karen Mosier, Janee Sweeney, and Dr. Krystal Thrailkill.

The Foundation is a recognized 501c3 organization, which means donations are tax deductible. Donations and contributions to the Foundation fund scholarships, provide needed equipment or technology to a specific program or classroom, or support cultural programs and foster diverse ideas that cultivate meaningful experiences for students and communities. In the 2016-2017 year, the Foundation administered an impressive 115 scholarships totaling over $69,000 to deserving students throughout Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties.

The growth of the Foundation over the years demonstrates the community’s support of the College’s performance and goals. The generous contributors to the Foundation understand that gifts administered through the Foundation are far reaching and that the value goes beyond helping one person, one classroom, or enriching one experience.

Currently, the Foundation is about to kick off their campaign opener and will be hosting Nashville recording artist for “An Evening with Steve Azar” on October 12 at the Ouachita Center. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available through September 29. For more information about the event, contact Tammy Young or Jessie Barr at 479-394-7622 ext. 1220 or 1221 or by emailing “The annual campaign opener is a fun, social event highlighting student scholarship testimonials, donor recognition, and how your support effects the College’s growth. Through the generous support of our donors, we continue to see the quality of life for our students and community impacted in a positive way,” stated Young.

For more information about the UA Rich Mountain Foundation, visit

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