Today, the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowed scholarship that honors husband, father, and teacher Ronald Sweat on his retirement from Blevins School District. Sweat, who was raised in the McCaskill area, has invested 40 years to improving the lives of students at Blevins High School. A1965 Blevins graduate, Mr. Sweat received a bachelor’s degree from Southern State College before returning to Blevins to begin a career in the classroom. However, the classroom is only a small part of the positive impact that he has made on his community and family.

Married to Kim Geist Sweat, Sweat is father of Kyla Sweat Hamilton of Hope and Kellen Sweat of Bauxite. He is often seen riding his 3 grandchildren, Kennedy and Karson Hamilton and Karter Sweat, on the 4-wheeler around the farm. He is active in Avery’s Chapel UMC and has always been involved in activities that support his children and students. When not in the classroom, Sweat can be found on the family farm feeding cattle or whatever chores the day requires.

The Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship will allow others to be able to pursue a dream of helping young people reach their potential. This scholarship is designated for a student seeking a career in Education with a preference given to a Blevins graduate. The scholarship is being established as a retirement surprise by Sweat’s wife and children.

Kim Sweat said, “Ron has always been a supporter of higher education. He has encouraged countless students throughout his 40 years of teaching to further their education beyond high school. He has tried to be a good teacher and role model for our community and its children.”

UACCH is honored to be able to announce the Ronald Sweat Family Endowed Scholarship thanks to the caring gift made by this family to the UACCH Foundation. The establishment of this scholarship is a reminder that an Endowed Scholarship is a great way to honor a loved one while giving back to countless others through an endowed scholarship. For more information about this scholarship, visit the UACCH website at