The $70,000 four year fellowship is awarded to the top high school students.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ellen Gray, from Greenwood, a recent graduate of Greenwood High School, has been awarded a University of Arkansas Honors College Fellowship. Gray is scheduled to enroll at the U of A for the fall 2018 semester, and is exploring undergraduate majors.

She is one of 88 exceptional high school students to receive the highly competitive Honors College Fellowship.

Gray is the daughter of Laura Gray, from Greenwood.

The Honors College Fellowship is a $70,000 award over four years that largely covers a student’s tuition, room and board, registration and books, providing these students the freedom to pursue original research, study abroad, service learning projects and other academic interests.

To qualify for the fellowship a student must score at least a 32 on the ACT, have a minimum 3.8 grade point average and show evidence of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential and community involvement. The selection process also involves a writing test and campus interview for finalists.

“These students are recruited by top colleges and universities throughout the country, and awards such as the Honors College Fellowship allow us to attract Arkansas students of this caliber and keep them in state,” said Noah Pittman, assistant dean of the Honors College. “Based on their academic accomplishments and their commitment to service, we are confident they will excel as leaders both on campus and throughout the community.”

The Honors College Fellowships are made possible by a portion of the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation’s $300 million gift to the university in 2002.