UCA Endowment Scholarship

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The Stephens Bell Endowment, funded by Bell & Co., is established to fund The Stephens Bell Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Scholarship at the University of Central Arkansas. This is a competitive scholarship awarded to one deserving Master of Accountancy student based on a personal statement.


The Department of Accounting at the University of Central Arkansas has as its primary mission the provision of a high quality undergraduate major. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong theoretical foundation such that they will be well prepared to become life-long learners who can evolve professionally with the inevitable career changes they will encounter. As a result, our students, faculty and alumni are active in the profession and the community in a variety of ways.


Developing Accounting Professionals through Scholarship, Leadership, Communication, and Research. UCA’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) provides advanced, in-depth training in accounting, business, and leadership for those individuals engaged in or seeking professional careers in accounting. Due to continuous changes in global business environment, accountants need deeper and broader knowledge than ever before. The MAcc program helps to provide a student with the skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing business environment. The program is comprehensive and develops students’ conceptual and technical accounting competence, communication skills, research and analytical abilities, and leadership skills.



The Bell and Company Endowed Law Scholarship was established by Richard Bell and Nell Sterling, principals of Bell and Company, PA, to provide assistance for any education related expense, including but not limited to tuition, books, fees and room and board for students pursuing or furthering a degree at the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.  Preference is given to students who plan to pursue non-legal careers in business or nonprofit organizations, as well as academic accomplishment and financial need. Richard Bell is a 1981 graduate of UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and his daughter, Jennifer Bell is a 2009 graduate.  Richard serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the request of the Dean and Jennifer is a past board member of the Bowen Alumni Board.  Both are active supporters.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

Pictured: Nell Sterling, Richard Bell, Wanda Hoover (Assistant Dean for External Relations) & Scholarship Winner Cory Bates.

Pictured: Nell Sterling, Richard Bell, Wanda Hoover (Assistant Dean for External Relations) & Scholarship Winner Cory Bates.

The Bowen School of Law boasts a remarkable history. Although legal education has existed in different forms in Little Rock since 1868, it was not until 1975 that the Arkansas General Assembly enacted legislation to make the Little Rock Division of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Law School into the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. The legislation allowed the Law School to continue its part-time program but also to enroll full-time students. The School of Law graduated its first full-time class in 1978. In 1992, it moved into its present location at the edge of MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock and, in 2000, it became known as the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, in honor of its former dean, Bill Bowen. Today, Bowen continues its long tradition of making legal education accessible to a wide range of students by enrolling 399 students, including 287 full-time students and 112 part-time students. Bowen graduates can be found on the federal and state benches, in the halls of Congress, the General Assembly and the Attorney General’s office, Fortune 500 companies, and prominent law firms. Bowen’s core values are Access to Justice, Public Service and Professionalism.