Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our Board Members- Anthony Sumlin. Anthony currently serves on the Finance Committee.
Please tell us your name, where you live, and what your occupation is:
My name is Anthony Sumlin, I live in Fayetteville, and I’m a Merchant/Buyer at Sam’s Club.
Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your family?
My wife, Chantal, and I have lived in NWA since 2004. We have three adult children, Michael, Spencer, and Charlotte, and a rescue dog, Cedric.
How long have you been involved with SPSF NWA?
As soon as I moved to NWA in 2005, I heard about this program. The compelling stories motivated me to start donating to SPSF NWA in 2005 as part of a United Way Campaign. I started serving in a leadership capacity a few years ago.
Why did you decide to invest your time serving SPSF NWA?
My mother, Ruth, returned to college after my parents divorced in the late ’80s and graduated from the University of Texas-San Antonio at the age of 47 in the Summer of 1993 as a single parent. My wife Chantal was a single parent to our son Michael before we met and married. Seeing and hearing the dedication and sacrifices they made to achieve a college degree motivated me to contribute resources to help others in their honor.
What has been the most impactful thing for you since getting involved with SPSF NWA?
I have a much better understanding of the number of single parents, almost 10,000 students, our organization has helped over the years with generous assistance from the community. I like that the organization provides not only scholarships, but a network of resources to help our students succeed. The staff at SPSF NWA is as caring as it is connected to help our students in and outside of the classroom. The impact is immediate and is the gift that keeps giving into the future. It is the embodiment of the American Dream that is still attainable.
What is your favorite memory with SPSF NWA?
My favorite memory is seeing former recipients become donors to the organization to help others move their families from poverty to prosperity.
What is your favorite event or volunteer opportunity with SPSF NWA?
Chantal and I enjoy the Jingle Mingle each year that brings students, donors, and sponsors together in a casual setting. The students and alumni that speak at the event each year are such a motivation for fellow student and donors. There usually isn’t a dry eye in the building.
SPSF NWA has had and will continue to make NWA a great place to live. The generosity of the community in supporting our students are investments that pay multiple times over. Not only do our students perform well in the classroom with an average GPA of 3.328, set great examples of hard work and determination for their children, but can contribute more to the local economy with their increased earning power.