Diligence to Victory Award

Because we are unable to host a Reunion Dinner and Awards Ceremony we have decided to forego the Diligence to Victory Award for 2021.  We will instead be recognizing the Top Ten UAFS Alumni for 2020 for their incredible contributions in their field of study, to their community, for their professional accomplishments, or philanthropy in support of worthy causes.  They will be honored on our social media accounts all day on Friday, February 26, 2021 as well as receive an award.

Named for the motto of the 1928 first graduating class at Fort Smith Junior College — “Through diligence to victory” — the award is the highest alumni honor bestowed by the University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS). Recipients are alumni who have distinguished themselves through service to the University, their community, state, or nation, or whose outstanding leadership in their business or professional lives exemplifies this motto. 


Past Honorees: are Randy Wewers '58, Peggy Raynor Weidman '73, Stacey Jones '71, Conaly Bedell '56, Warren Rapert '81, Chester Koprovic '75, Lap Bui ’93, Marta Loyd '97, Jim Spears ’66, and Judy & Larry Loux ‘60


Criteria include:

  • Successful career with significant achievements
  • Ongoing relationship with the University
  • Embodies all that is best in an alumnus / alumna including great integrity and high moral character
  • A record of community service beyond involvement with the University

If you have questions in reference to the Diligence to Victory Award, please contact us at alumni@uafs.edu or 877-303-8237.

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