Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Scholarship

The Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count Project was born out of a life well-lived. Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan was living his dream of making a difference in this world when he was killed in action on August 6, 2011. Since that time, we have heard numerous stories of people who have taken the Make It Count message and asked themselves what they can do to make each day count in their lives.

Because Spencer felt so passionately about the freedoms we enjoy in this country, he was willing to give his life. It is our desire to honor that spirit of sacrifice and allow Spencer’s life to continue to count for others. We are passionate about giving to our nation’s veterans and their families, and about supporting communities that work alongside veterans. The single greatest resource of this country is the people who live here and believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Scholarship is offered to four deserving applicants each year, two scholarships twice a year. This scholarship valued at $5,000 is to be applied to any University of Arkansas Grantham program.

In honor of Spencer C. Duncan and the Make it Count Foundation, honoring the spirit of sacrifice by giving to our nation’s veterans and their families through the gift of education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be serving or have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or be a direct family member of a person who served and lost their life.
    • Direct family member is a parent, child, spouse or sibling
    • Loss of life can be during or after service and there are no restrictions based on the cause of death.
  • Applicants must meet University of Arkansas Grantham’s minimum admissions requirements.
  • Applicants must meet any special program admissions requirements.
  • 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 400-600 word essay on, “What does ‘Making it Count’ mean to you?”

Continued Eligibility Requirements

  • Recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and be in good standing academically (no max time issues).

Selection Criteria

The University of Arkansas Grantham Scholarship Committee will choose the recipient based on the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must meet all eligibility requirements
  2. Quality of the essay
    • Ability to convey your message effectively
    • 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 this scholarship. Additionally, the scholarship recipients 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.

NOTE: The University of Arkansas Grantham Scholarship Committee reserves the right not to award the scholarship if there is not a qualified applicant. 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.

Read the latest press release for more information about the awarded scholarship recipients.