Jessamy Eve Samuels Memorial Scholarship: Honoring the Life and Legacy of a Bright Young Mind

Jessamy Eve Samuels


"Jessamy had an unparalleled love of learning and a constant drive to empower others in any passion that they wished to pursue,” said her older sister, Cicely Samuels. “Through this scholarship, we hope to echo her hopes by empowering young people to throw themselves into an educational journey at this fantastic university that Jessamy was proud to call her school."

A wicked sense of humor, a keen interest in human rights and politics, a sparkling personality and a quick wit best described Jessamy Eve Samuels – and it’s with these qualities in mind that her family and friends recently established the Jessamy Eve Samuels Memorial Scholarship in her honor.

Jessamy passed away in May 2016 after a tragic fall while hiking at Hawksbill Crag in Newton County, devastating those close to the vibrant 19-year-old University of Arkansas freshman. She was an honors student in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and was interested in studying anthropology and journalism. Her death occurred a year to the day after Jessamy graduated from Rogers High School with Distinguished Honors.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Incoming freshman graduating from a publich high school in the state of Arkansas
  • High School GPA: 3.5
  • ACT: 31
  • Seeking a degree from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
  • Accepted to the Honors College
  • Applicants will also be asked to submit a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay on a specified topic.

To begin the application process, incoming freshman should complete the Honors College application after being admitted to the University of Arkansas. Eligible recipients will be notified in the spring of next steps.