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A total of $1.7 million in gifts from the Little Rock-based Windgate Foundation will support arts education at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, the university announced Tuesday.

The total includes $1 million to establish the Windgate Art Scholarship Endowment.

"This investment will make it possible for our faculty members and students to achieve their goals and add to the creative scholarship and arts of our campus and region," UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley said in a statement.

The goal is for the first awards from the new endowment to be given out in fall 2021, Rachel Putman, a UAFS spokeswoman said, with about $40,000 to be awarded annually. UAFS has 80 students majoring in graphic design and another 35 students majoring in studio art, Putman said.

The foundation previously gave $15.5 million to UAFS to build Windgate Art & Design, the campus home for art work spaces, classrooms and a gallery. The building opened in 2015.

The new gifts include $700,000 for the existing Windgate Art and Design Building Endowment and $54,000 for the university's letterpress program.

The Windgate Foundation has provided multimillion gifts to supports arts education at several universities in the state.

"What it all boils down to are the benefits received by the students," Patricia Forgy, the foundation's executive director, said in a statement released by UAFS. "We feel it's important to assist those who may not have the financial means to begin or continue their education."

Metro on 12/14/2019

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