July 19, 2018
Xochitl Delgado Solorzano, director (center front) and Michelle King, assistant director (at far left) with 2018 class of Path scholars.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Honors College has selected 22 outstanding new freshmen to enter the Honors College Path Program this fall. The Path Program is a mentoring initiative that recruits talented high school students from underrepresented populations and helps them achieve academic success at the University of Arkansas.
For the first time, all of the incoming Path freshmen will receive scholarships, thanks to nearly $1 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation and additional private support from U of A donors.
“These are bright students with tremendous potential, and we are excited to see them grow over the next four years,” said Xochitl Delgado Solorzano, director of the Path Program. “Being able to provide scholarships through the NSF grant and generous contributions from our donors helps us to attract talented students to the University of Arkansas.”
The National Science Foundation has awarded $999,847 in grant funding to the University of Arkansas’ Path to Graduation Program, which aims to increase the number of low-income students, especially those from rural regions of Arkansas, who graduate with a degree in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Fourteen of the incoming Path students will receive annually renewable NSF Path STEM Scholarships of up to $5,500 if they participate in the Honors College.
The eight Path freshmen pursuing interests in other disciplines will receive academic scholarships of up to $5,500 as well, thanks to lead gifts from Nick and Carolyn Cole, Lee and Beverly Bodenhamer, and former Honors College Dean Bob McMath and his wife, Linda. These scholarships will be renewed based on continued engagement with the Path program, commitment to leadership and honors status.
The incoming Path cohort has already started a five-week summer bridge program. The students will have the opportunity to work …