Awards, humanitarian, and scholar are just a few words that people associate with Tamara Bates. Growing up in Memphis, Tamara moved to Arkansas’ Capital to attend Philander Smith in 2011 where she pursued a Bachelors of Science in Biology. During this time she obtained many awards including the White House Competitiveness Scholar during President Barack Obama’s Administration. Building off of that, she also was named Student Humanitarian of the Year. Did we mention she did all of this and still obtained the President’s 4.0 scholar honor?
Falling in love with Little Rock, she chose to stay here and help progress Little Rock as a city. She is currently an Enrollment Services Specialist at Philander Smith. "After working for Hillary Clinton in 2016 I decided to go back and share my expertise and talents. Philander Smith College shaped me into the woman that I am today and with open arms I was welcomed in to bring my innovative and forward thinking to help us advance the mission of Philander Smith College."
Tamara was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2016 and named HBCU Top 30 Under 30 Young Professionals to Know.
"I believe every single day I add energy and value to the people and spaces that I encounter. My goal is to leave each encounter with someone better than I found them ."
In today’s times, you can’t be a thriving young professional without being involved in some nonprofits and Tamara isn’t new to this. She works with RESULTS Educational Fund to bring political action to help end poverty, Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and the Ronald McDonald House.
She is also involved in many other organizations around the area, including Urban League, Saint Mark Baptist Church, and even takes the time to sit with residents at assistant living campuses.