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The Oaklawn Foundation, a Connecticut-based charitable organization, established this endowed scholarship as part of its mission to enhance higher education through student scholarships. The late William A. Arnold, IV ’86 was a member of the Oaklawn Foundation board for a number of years and was instrumental in establishing this scholarship at SMU.
      Mr. Arnold spent his childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he attended the Brunswick School before coming to SMU. While a student on the Hilltop, Mr. Arnold was actively involved with the SMU Student Foundation Endowment Fund and served as a business school senator and student body treasurer. He graduated with a B.B.A. degree in 1986 and then went on to earn his M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
      Professionally, he held a senior finance role during the 1992 Republican National Convention for President George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign and then went on to a successful career on Wall Street, where he worked for a number of companies including Goldman Sachs, AIM Management, Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management and Credit Suisse First Boston.
     In his personal life, Mr. Arnold was known for his loyalty and kindness. He maintained close lifelong friendships dating back to his youth in Greenwich. Mr. Arnold also remained dedicated to his alma mater as he served as a member of the SMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and participated in various recruiting and fundraising efforts. This endowed scholarship serves as a fitting tribute to the legacy of William A. Arnold, IV, and his desire to improve the lives of others through higher education.