Walton Charitable Support awards John Brown University $8 million

Walton Charitable Support awards John Brown University $8 million

John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, has announced an $8 million grant from the Walton Charitable Support Foundation in support of new computer science and data analytics programs.

The funding includes $6 million to create an endowed scholarship for students majoring in computer science or data analytics and $2 million to endow an academic chair in data analytics, which will be filled by Linda Vytlacil, a former vice president for data science/global data and analytics platforms at Walmart Labs. The university also has received $1.5 million from other donors toward a $2 million goal to endow a faculty position in computer science.

"We know from talking with top employers that data analytics is an industry where holistically educated graduates are in high demand," said Ryan Ladner, dean of the university's Soderquist College of Business. "This grant will help us create a quality program and help interested students develop important analytical skills while maintaining the distinctive soft skills our employers have come to expect from JBU graduates."

"JBU receives $8M Walton Charitable Support Foundation grant." John Brown University press release 07/22/2020.