The University of Arkansas’ Honors College recently selected 78 students for its next class of Honors College Fellows, which will provide them with $70,000 to largely cover their tuition, books and living costs throughout their time at Arkansas.
This year’s Honors College Fellows are an
impressive group, with 24 National Merit Scholars among their ranks. Their
average high school GPA is 4.8 and their average ACT score is just shy of 34,
both figures being well over the required 3.8 and 32 required for application.
“More than 80 percent of our new fellows
hail from Arkansas and over a quarter of them will be first-generation college
students,” Honors College Assistant Dean Noah Pittman said. “These students are
being recruited by top schools from coast to coast so we are very proud of our
ability to attract the best scholars every year. Their intellectual curiosity
and commitment to service will undoubtedly make them leaders in our community.”
The fellowships are available due to a 2002 contribution from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. Since its inception, the program has provided aid to nearly 2,000 students. This year’s fellows plan to pursue a wide range of degrees, such as biomedical engineering and music, to continue their academic excellence.