The Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas has selected 75 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Schedler Honors Scholars. The students were selected from a pool of over 200 applicants, of which 120 were selected for intensive full-day interviews on the UCA campus. Sarah Hocott and Diana Morales, both of Greenwood, were selected.

Schedler Honors Scholars receive UCA’s most prestigious scholarship package, reside in a living-learning community in Jefferson W. Farris Jr. Honors Hall, and participate in a unique interdisciplinary curriculum with ample opportunities for service learning, project-based education, collaborative work, undergraduate research, and financial support for travel or research and internships. Honors students may choose any major they wish from the large variety of possibilities at UCA.

The incoming class boasts an average ACT score of 29.4 and average high school cumulative GPA of 4.071.

The Class of 2013 includes:50 women25 menMore than 10 percent minority students12 valedictorians and nine salutatorians43 students with an ACT score of 30 or higher (that set of scores includes the top 3% of test scores in the country)10 students from out-of-state (New Mexico, Texas, and Missouri)Five students in music ensembles of band, choir, or orchestra.Five students in intercollegiate athletics.

"Evidence suggests that the admissions process that selected these students is among the most rigorous in the national Honors community," commented Richard Scott, Dean of the Honors College and President of the National Collegiate Honors Council. "Those who achieved admission into the UCA Honors College should be extremely proud of their accomplishment."