FAYETTEVILLE – Five recent graduates of Cabot High School are among the 66 outstanding high school students selected to receive an Honors College Fellowship to the University of Arkansas. The new class of Honors College Fellows is drawn from a field of more than 550 national – and even international – applicants.

Mark Howard is the son of David and Jacque Howard of Cabot.

Jamie Middleton is the daughter of Dean and Amy Middleton of Cabot.

Grant Reed is the son of Paula and Charley Reed of Cabot.

Tyler Shock the son of Curtis and Melessa Shock of Cabot.

Caleb Southard is the son of Jerry and Shannon Southard of Ward.

The Honors College Fellowship of $50,000 largely covers tuition, books, room and board, and registration over four years, granting these students the freedom to pursue original research, study abroad and other academic interests. The fellowship funds can also be combined with other scholarships and grants, such as the more than $1 million in study abroad and research grants that the Honors College awarded to students this past academic year.

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, and Honors College faculty and administrators review each student essay and resume for evidence of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, and community involvement. The selection process also involves an on-campus interview for finalists in early March.

"It’s a very tough job to select our fellows from such a competitive pool," said Assistant Dean Maribeth Lynes, who has been actively involved in the fellowship selection process since the Honors College was established in 2002. "Each year, the number and caliber of competitive applications increases. A significant number of these new fellows have engaged in research as high school students and are making a difference in their schools and communities through their service efforts."