On October 26, 2008, the University of Central Arkansas experienced one of the most tragic events the campus has ever witnessed. Two UCA Students, Ryan Henderson and Chavares Block were both killed during an on campus shooting near Arkansas Hall, which affected the Conway community tremendously. Following this traumatic event, the community hosted several events including a candlelight vigil, and a benefit concert hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council to raise money for the families and memorialize the lives of these two young men.
In honor of Ryan and Chavares, the National Pan-Hellenic Council established the Henderson-Block Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 per year, that is awarded to two outstanding young men: (1) from Dermott High School (Dermott, AR) and (1) Hall High School (Little Rock, AR). The scholarships are awarded to one African American young man from each school that is attending UCA, demonstrates academic achievement, and community involvement.
The year’s Henderson Block Scholarship Recipient is Nathan Brown of Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nathan graduated from Hall High School in 2013. Nathan is entering his second year at UCA and is considering Pre-Law/Civil Law & Business as a major. Nathan was a Bernard Hall resident and served on the Flag Football team for the residence hall. After Graduation Nathan wants to become a defense attorney.