The Mike and Cindy Bonds Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship was created with a $100,000 gift from alumni Mike and Cindy Bonds in 2017. The scholarship supports students from Arkansas who exhibit some financial need, records of academic success and civic engagement and community leadership. Preference is given to students who are the first in their families to pursue a college degree.

“We feel fortunate to be able to create two Advance Arkansas scholarships that are awarded to a student from Arkansas,” said Cindy Bonds. “We know the importance of earning a college degree and want to be able to provide resources to students from Arkansas to assist them in their career goals.” 

Seth Cobb, Army veteran and University of Arkansas student from White Hall, Arkansas is the recipient of the Bond’s Advance Arkansas

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Scholarship. He spoke at the recent Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee meeting.

“I served for four years as a medic with the 82ND Airborne Division and now I am here pursuing a Nursing degree,” Cobb told the committee members. “I am the President of the Razorback Student Veterans. I work at our bookstore on Garland. And I have an immense passion for this community and for our University.”

“I am fortunate enough to be a recipient of the Mike and Cindy Bonds Advance Arkansas scholarship. I was awarded the scholarship at a difficult time earlier this year when my mother and siblings in Houston faced homelessness. With the Advance Arkansas scholarship’s assistance, I was able to provide for myself and my family in Houston during a time where I considered dropping out to work full time to help with their needs,” Cobb said. “I am lucky and thankful for this scholarship and how it truly made a difference in my life. After those events, I urged her to move here, and today my mother is living in and employed in Rogers. She is enjoying the new opportunity she found here in Northwest Arkansas.”

“We have had the chance to meet Seth and are so impressed with him. Not only has he served his country as an Army medic, but he has come to the University of Arkansas to earn his degree and continue to give back in the medical field,” said Mike Bonds. “The entire Arkansas community can be proud of Seth.”

For more information about, or to create an Advance Arkansas Scholarship, contact Ben Carter at ‪(479) 575-4663 or ‪

You can also support a student veteran through the Veterans Resource and Information Center’s Emergency Fund or Scholarship Fund, contact Sue Harris at (479) 575-7408 or