Left to right: Dr. Maria Markham, Alisha Lewis, and Dr. Steve Cole.

On Dec. 13, UA Cossatot held its winter graduation ceremony at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium in Lockesburg. The ceremony began at 6 p.m. and concluded with 257 students receiving 374 credentials. 

During the graduation ceremony, UA Cossatot Chancellor, Dr. Steve Cole, introduced Dr. Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) and Alisha Lewis, associate communications director for ADHE. They were invited to the ceremony to present Cole and UA Cossatot with a sample check for $1.1 million.

This check was used to represent the total amount of money that has been awarded to UA Cossatot students through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education using funds generated by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

In the 10 years since its inception, the lottery has raised more than $908 million to help provide more than 542,000 college scholarships for Arkansas students.

To apply for a lottery scholarship in Arkansas, visit the Department of Higher Education’s website at to complete the Arkansas YOUniversal Scholarship Application.

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