Lee and Willa Belle Spencer Scholarship


The Lee B. and Willa Belle Spencer Scholarship recognizes junior and senior full-time students majoring in Kinesiology & Physical Education or Psychology & Counseling. Eligible students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and involvement in school and community activities.


Lee B. and Willa Belle Spencer were educators from Oklahoma who came to UCA (then known as Arkansas State Teachers College) in 1963, returning to the city where his mother was born.  Mr. Spencer served as the head librarian of the university from 1963 until his untimely death in 1970.  Mrs. Spencer was a professor in the physical education department from 1963 until 1978. Mr. Spencer held advanced degrees in both history and library science and was active in numerous local and state organizations. He served as the president of the Arkansas Library Association, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, the Arkansas Historical Association, and was a District Governor of Rotary International. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a deacon in his church.

Mrs. Spencer held degrees in english and physical education. She taught physical education classes, coached the women’s tennis team, and sponsored the UCA women’s drill team, the Stepperettes.  She was active throughout her career with groups promoting education, such as Delta Kappa Gamma, the Sorosis Club, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, Camp Fire Girls, and her church.  For many years, she managed an American Red Cross city-wide summer swim program for students of all ages.  The Spencers enjoyed travel, the arts, and a love of learning they shared with their three children, Lee B. Spencer, Jr.; Judge Mary Spencer McGowan; and Sarah M. Spencer (UCA, ’71).


  1. Eligible recipients shall be junior and senior students majoring in Kinesiology & Physical Education or Psychology & Counseling.
  2. Recipients must be full-time UCA students as defined by UCA policy.
  3. Recipients shall demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and community service.
  4. Consideration may be given to a student’s financial need.


  1. A complete application will be submitted by the scholarship deadline.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who could address the selection criteria may also be submitted.
  3. The applicant will indicate on the application form if he/she will allow the Dean’s Office to review his/her academic transcript indicating his/her grade point average.
  4. The applicant will indicate on the application form if he/she will allow the Dean’s Office to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to assess his/her financial need.
  5. The applicant will submit the application along with any additional items to: College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s office by April 15.

Lee and Willa Belle Spencer Scholarship

  • Please identify (do not use initials) any professional and honorary organizations you have participated in (indicate any office held and dates and length of membership).
  • Please identify any college organizations and activities you have participated in such as; tutor, lab assistant, workshop participant, newsletter editor, forensic team, Model UN.
  • Please provide any information concerning your scholarly achievement which you feel merits consideration in the selection of this scholarship.
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