The Governor's distinguished scholarship requires a 3.5 GPA and at least a 32 ACT.
For the first time ever, more than 500 students statewide qualified, prompting lawmakers to approve an additional $2M to fund the scholarships.
Good news for one Maumelle High Senior.
"It's awesome. Throughout a lot of high school experience I've kind of felt like that I've been doing my work but nobody else was really helping me to get there because it is a struggle to get to college, it's a lot of work. And it's good to know there's somebody out there that kind of has you're back and they'll say, if you put in the work, we'll give you a reward for it," says Walker Culp.
The scholarship comes in at $40,000 over 4-years.
The program is designed to incentivize graduating seniors to stay in Arkansas for college.