Gift helps bumper students pursue international experiences


Tanner Thompson Shuck (left) and Robert W. George, attorney at George’s Inc.

Tami Thompson Strickland’s son, Tanner, had an interest in research and study abroad, and now a gift from Tami and Charles Strickland will allow other students to benefit from their own international experiences.

The Stricklands donated $35,000 to Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the U of A to establish the Tanner Thompson Shuck and Robert W. George International Fund for Excellence Endowment.

The fund is dedicated to supporting the college’s Office of International Programs and can be used for student scholarships/travel assistance, arrival/welcome services, and study abroad projects.

Recipients will be enrolled at Bumpers College and participate in international programs, and will be from Arkansas.

Robert W. George is an attorney at George’s Inc., where he serves as senior vice president of legal, human resources, and environmental, health and safety.

Prior to this role at George’s, he was senior counsel with the law firm Friday, Eldredge & Clark at Rogers. He focused on federal and state courts, and included defending clients against environmental and toxic liability claims as well as commercial disputes of a contractual nature or involving fraud, theft or unfair competition. Previously, he also worked as a corporate attorney for Tyson Foods, where he served as vice president of litigation and regulatory affairs, leading a team of attorneys responsible for regulatory compliance, civil and criminal litigation management, patent prosecutions and internal investigations.

George, who was recognized in America’s Best Lawyers for his work in agricultural law and commercial litigation, received his JD from the University of Alberta Law School in 1998.

Shuck, who loved environmental science and felt responsible for preserving the environment for the future, died suddenly in April 2018.

Contributions of $400,000 from Tami and Charles Strickland, and Georgia Thompson, on behalf of the Gene and Georgia Thompson family, established the Tanner Thompson Shuck Memorial Endowed Scholarship in 2018. The scholarship benefits sophomores , juniors or seniors majoring in environmental, soil, and water sciences in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at Bumpers College.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be first-choice candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, decision makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and longtime U.S. senator who propelled the state into national and international agriculture. For more information on Bumpers College, visit our websiteand follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumperCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.

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