June 07, 2018
Bodenhamer Fellows, top, l-r: Noah Ballinger, Rafael Estrella ,Sabrina Jones; bottom l-r: Alex Siebenmorgen, Mary Strickland, Christina Trexler
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Honors College has selected six incoming freshmen as the recipients of this year’s Bodenhamer Fellowships. The Bodenhamer Fellowship is one of the most prestigious scholarships the university offers to undergraduates, awarding each student $70,000 over the course of their education.
The fellowship, now in its 20th year, cultivates a strong sense of community among current and alumni recipients, as they pursue an impressive range of careers and graduate and professional degrees.
The 2018 Bodenhamer Fellows are:
- Noah Ballinger of Fayetteville
- Rafael Estrella of Little Rock
- Sabrina Jones of Russellville
- Alex Siebenmorgen of Fort Smith
- Mary Strickland of Little Rock
- Christina Trexler of Springdale
This year’s group embraces a wide range of interests and skills, from music and mock trial to physics, chess and engineering.
The Bodenhamer Foundation, created by Lee Bodenhamer (B.S.B.A.’57, M.B.A.’61, both at U of A, and D.B.A.’68 Harvard), established the Bodenhamer Fellowships in 1998. Students must score at least a 32 on the ACT and have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher in order to be eligible for the award. Community service, extracurricular activities and evidence of intellectual curiosity, leadership and creativity are also considered in the selection process.
In addition to covering the normal cost of attending the university, the fellowship may be used for study abroad, attendance at professional and educational conferences, research and special equipment that a fellow may need.
“Now in its 20th year, the Bodenhamer program has produced more than 100 alumni who are making a difference in their communities and the nation,” said Honors College Dean Lynda Coon. “The 2018 cohort features a wide variety of both academic interests and a broad range of community involvement. We look forward to welcoming this new group of fellows to the Bodenhamer family.”