The 2018 U of A Hope-Texarkana Academic All-Star Award was recently presented to Brandy Flowers of Columbus, Arkansas, at the Annual Arkansas Community College’s Conference in Little Rock. The purpose of this program is to recognize the scholarly and service achievements of Arkansas’ two-year college students. Each All-Star will receive a $500 scholarship for his/her final semester at their college of attendance and a full tuition transfer scholarship to any Arkansas public four-year university.

In her time at UAHT, Brandy has made the Vice Chancellors list four semesters, been awarded the Hope Water & Light Scholarship three semesters, been appointed President of the TRiO Club, and was named the 2018 TRiO Hall of Fame Award recipient. “Growing up I did not ever think about attending college, in fact, I barely made it out of high school,” said Flowers. “I never dreamed of going back to school at the age of forty-three, but I did, and I have done pretty well.”

According to the Press Release, Flowers is currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree with a focus in accounting at UAHT. Her future plans include transferring to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to pursue a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration. After completing her education, Brandy plans to become a business instructor at a community college. “Business has been a passion of mine for years, but I believed that I was too old to go back to school,” said Flowers. “However, now I am in college and well on my way to earning my Degree in Business Administration.”

“I’ve had times where I just wanted to give up, especially when my mom passed,” said Flowers. “At times it didn’t seem possible to continue, but I had such a good support system between family, my instructors, and the TRiO staff that I was able to continue.”