Phala Simms, a 2014 graduate of DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, received a University Scholarship from the Office of Recruitment at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
She ranked number 21 in her graduating class with a 4.52 grade point average.
Simms is the daughter of Betty and Donald Simms. While in high school she was secretary of the math honor society and Health Occupation Students of America Honor Society.
She will major in early childhood education at UAPB with future plans of becoming a first grade special education teacher.
To be eligible for the University Scholarship, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 23 and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher The scholarship pays full tuition and room and board.