Foundation Scholarship Established In Memory of Wade Walters

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is now accepting applications for the Wade Walters Foundation Scholarship. One $500 scholarship is available for the spring 2018 semester, with priority given to students from Pope County.

Susan Allen, mother of Wade Walters, signs documents to approve the Wade Walters Foundation Scholarship during a Dec. 1 meeting. Also pictured from left to right are UACCM Director of Marketing & Public Relations Mary Clark, UACCM Development Officer Anne Cadle, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, Walters' stepfather Rusty Allen, Walters' brother-in-law and sister P.J. and Chelsy Lyles, and their two children. 

Walters’ family established the scholarship in his memory earlier this month for a student pursuing welding at UACCM. His family — including his mother, Susan Allen, stepfather Rusty Allen, sister Chelsy, and brother-in-law P.J. Lyles — visited campus administrators on Dec. 1 to approve the award and to tour the UACCM welding program. 

Wade Walters
Walters, a Russellville native who passed away in 2013, always enjoyed working with his hands, being outdoors, and seeing the work he had completed at the end of the day. Being a proud welder and ironworker allowed him to accomplish all three.

“Work shouldn’t be work,” Susan Allen said. “It should have purpose; it should satisfy people’s souls. Wade loved what he did, and we hope that this scholarship helps someone else find their passion. Helping other families is a priority for us, because family is what we admire most.”

Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled part- or full-time at UACCM and pursuing a major in a college welding program. One letter of recommendation from a UACCM instructor, former employer, or former high school instructor for first-time entering freshman is required, as well as a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The application and required documents must be returned to the UACCM Financial Aid office by Jan. 8, 2018.


  1. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to a loved one, especially a deseving young man like Wade. This will change lives.


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