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 Kellon Jones of Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kellon graduated from Hall High School in 2012 and was active in several extracurricular activities including: Beta Club, FBLA, Senior Board, Hall's Young Gentleman's Society, International Baccalaureate Program, Bowling Team, and he served as the drum major for the Hall High Warrior Band from his sophomore to senior year. Kellon is a sophomore at UCA double majoring in Biology and Theatre. He is active in several organizations at UCA including: STEM College Program, K-Life, Wesley Foundation, CCM, and Beta Upsilon Chi. After Graduation Kellon plans to attend Medical School for Neurology or Grad School For Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design.