U of A Senior finds recipe for success in ‘A Hunger to Make a Difference’

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Coleman Warren, a senior at the University of Arkansas, is dedicated to helping others and serving his community.

Thanks to a life-changing opportunity after his freshman year, the Farmington native started his own ice cream business in an effort to alleviate hunger, using profits to fund meals for those in need. Now, his outstanding achievements in and out of the classroom have resulted in his appointment as a 2022 Rhodes Scholar for graduate study.

In the most recent Short holds episode, “A Hunger to Make a Difference,” Warren explains how the university played a part in that dream — from providing life-changing opportunities to inspiring his philanthropy to providing connections for his entrepreneurial endeavors.

While at the U of A, Warren was an honors student who took two majors (industrial engineering and political science), volunteered with academic and community organizations, and was elected president of the Associate Student Government. He has won a volunteer service award, been named to the Chancellor’s List, and was named a Clinton University Global Initiative Fellow. In 2021, he was also named a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Warren’s business, Simple + Sweet Creamery, launched in 2020 amid the pandemic and has been churning out pints of small-batch ice cream flavors ever since. The ice cream sale has funded more than 15,000 meals donated to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, through its work so far, and its long-term goal is to donate more than 50% of the proceeds to the company to the fight against hunger among children.

Earlier this month, Warren was surprised by a University of Alberta alum and hello americapresenter TJ Holmes, who presented him with a donation of 20,000 pounds of food to help the local food bank and $5,000 to use for his business.

At Oxford University, Warren plans to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Comparative Social Policy, analyze what is being done to tackle hunger in several countries, and write a thesis on the impacts of rural food insecurity. on child development.

Learn about Warren’s inspiring work in “A Hunger to Make a Difference” and discover more Short holds videos here.

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 few American colleges and universities 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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