The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville selected Jarod King of Pine Bluff as one of 23 freshmen for the Honors College Path Program.


“The Path Program is a mentoring initiative that recruits talented high school students from underrepresented populations,” according to a news release. “The goal is to help them achieve academic success at the University of Arkansas and join the Honors College.”


King recently graduated from Pine Bluff High School and plans to major in engineering at the U of A this fall. He is the son of Lisa Wells.


“We are excited to welcome this high-achieving, motivated group of students to campus and to support them in their college journey,” said Xochitl Delgado Solorzano, the director of the Path Program.


King will receive a renewable scholarship of up to $5,500 a year, provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The scholarship will be renewed based on continued engagement with the Path Program and satisfactory academic progress, according to the release.


King is currently participating in a five-week summer bridge program at the U of A, where he is learning from top Honors College faculty in a course offering discipline-specific introductions to research.


As a part of the Path Program, he will also join a group centered on specific research interests, led by faculty mentors. All Path students benefit from shared housing, academic success advising, and peer and professional mentoring, as well as study abroad, research and internship opportunities, according to the release.