James and Marilyn Barnett Endowed Scholarship

James and Marilyn Barnett

Type: Endowed

Donor: James and Marilyn Barnett

Established: 2016

James and Marilyn Barnett created this scholarship to support Business and Education majors who have a head for business and a heart for ministry. Mr. Barnett serves as president of DaySpring Cards, Inc., a subsidiary of Hallmark headquartered in Siloam Springs, AR, and the world’s largest Christian social expression company which annually distributes more than 200 million products in the United States and 60 countries worldwide. James joined the company in 1981 and has served as president since 1994.

A native of Northwest Arkansas, Barnett obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1980 from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, and an MBA from the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1982. He has been very involved in community and area organizations for more than 35 years, serving on several athletic, charitable and scholastic boards. He is currently on the Walton School of Business Advisory Board and engaged with the CEO Forum.  He also has served on boards with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Urban Ministries, the Winshape Marriage and Family Foundation, the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics at John Brown University, and Arkansas Athletes Outreach. His business affiliations include membership in the Association for Christian Retail, the Greeting Card Association, and the local Chamber of Commerce. 

He and his wife Marilyn have three grown children and five grandchildren and are active members of Fellowship Bible Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. James enjoys golfing, fishing, traveling and, especially, the time spent with his children, grandchildren and extended family.

Marilyn graduated from JBU in 1981 with an Elementary Education degree.  Following graduation, she taught fifth grade for a few years before transitioning to a full-time stay-at-home mother to their three children. In addition to her “mom” duties, she was very active in her community and church, serving in various capacities over the years. She currently spends time in activities with their grandchildren and in caregiving to extended family members. Her interests include reading, decorating, and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.