Fayetteville, Ark. — Jake Grawe, of Prosper, is one of 75 exceptional incoming students in the University of Arkansas Honors College to receive an Honors College Fellowship. The $70,000 four-year fellowship covers tuition, books, room and board and registration, providing these students the opportunity to pursue original research, study abroad and other academic interests.

Grawe is the son of Jill and Michael Grawe. He is a recent graduate of Prosper High School.

"Competition for the fellowships has grown every year," said Noah Pittman, assistant dean of the Honors College. "We conducted more than 150 on-campus interviews this spring looking for students with leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and community involvement. We found that and more in this group of fellows."

The fellowship application process is rigorous. Students must score at least 32 on the ACT exam and have a 3.8 grade point average to apply.

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, and are intended to help keep Arkansas’ best young minds in-state. Nearly a quarter of the 2015 class will be first-generation college students.