Eugene “Gene” Jewett Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the late Gene Jewett, a thought leader, early advocate of online education, and Grantham board member, University of Arkansas Grantham is pleased to offer the Eugene “Gene” Jewett Memorial Scholarship for Business Students.

Gene believed that leveraging technology across the university enterprise would result in a high-quality college education that would be both accessible and affordable to America’s middle class, a sector he believed to be increasingly marginalized and locked out of the opportunity to earn a college degree. Gene was fond of saying that nowhere else but in America can one find legitimate opportunity for success and personal wealth creation through education, hard work and taking a bit of risk.

Gene had a long and storied career in the financial services industry and was a partner at Chesapeake Capital, LP. He was a graduate of Michigan State University where he played basketball, and at 6’8” with a great jump shot and quick reflexes, later played pro ball before the NBA was formed. Additionally, Gene was a composer, poet and an author who wrote countless book reviews and articles.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must meet University of Arkansas Grantham’s minimum admissions requirements.
  • Applicants must meet any special program admissions requirements.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in or plan to enroll in a degree offered in the College of Business, Management, and Economics.
  • Applicants who are current students must be in good academic standing and have no financial holds on their account.
  • Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application and all required materials by the published application date.
  • Applicants must complete a 500-750 word essay on, “How a business degree will make a difference in my career.”

Continuing Eligibility Requirements

  • Scholarship recipient must begin studies at University of Arkansas Grantham within six months following award of the scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipient must maintain good academic standing.**
  • Scholarship recipient must remain continuously enrolled.**

Selection Criteria

The scholarship recipient will be selected by the University of Arkansas Grantham Scholarship Committee based on the following criteria:

  • All initial eligibility requirements met
  • Quality of the essay
  • Content properly addresses the essay question
  • Organization of ideas
  • Proper formatting, grammar, spelling and other writing mechanics

As a condition of accepting the scholarship, each applicant will be asked to grant permission to University of Arkansas Grantham to release information contained in the scholarship application to the news media in the event that he or she is awarded a scholarship as part of the Eugene “Gene” Jewett Memorial Scholarship for Business Students. Additionally, the scholarship recipient must provide a biography and photo for use by University of Arkansas Grantham. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision via email approximately 30 days after the scholarship application deadline. Following receipt of the Scholarship Committee’s decision, the chosen recipient must respond to the Committee within 30 days indicating his or her intent to accept the scholarship. Should the chosen recipient fail to timely respond to the Committee, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest qualifying applicant.

* Estimate based on current tuition rates

**As defined in the University of Arkansas Grantham Catalog

NOTE: The scholarship will only cover the costs of tuition for courses, textbooks, software and fees required for the recipient’s chosen degree program. Courses outside of the degree program may be taken, but at the expense of the scholarship recipient. The University of Arkansas Grantham Scholarship Committee reserves the right not to award the scholarship if there is not a qualified applicant.