- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law has created an endowed fund to enhance academic and professional development opportunities that advance diversity in the legal profession.

Walmart executive Jeff Gearhart and his wife, Lisa Gearhart, have stablished the Gearhart Family Endowed Diversity Support Initiative through a $200,000 gift from the couple.

The initiative will support programs like internships, student travel to conferences and competitions, and expanded diversity education. It will complement existing diversity initiatives at the law school such as a prelaw undergraduate scholars program and the Native Youth Leadership Summit.

Jeff Gearhart is a 1989 graduate of the law school and a 1986 alumnus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is executive vice president of global governance and corporate secretary of Wal-Mart Stores.

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