Walton International Scholars Program
Founded in 1989 by Sam and Helen Walton, the Walton International Scholarship Program (WISP) provides free college education for the brightest and most capable students from Central America and Mexico. Through a competitive application process, the Walton Program selects students from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, and Belize. These students then enroll in one of three Christian universities in Arkansas (Harding, College of the Ozarks, and John Brown University). For the next four years, these students have the opportunity to study without cost at a respected American university.
After studying in a democratic environment and being exposed to the principles of free enterprise in action, students are required to return to their home countries and use their degrees for the benefit of their home countries. The goal of the Walton Scholarship is to provide the leadership necessary to strengthen democracy and improve living conditions throughout Mexico and Central America.
Now in its 28th year, the Walton Program is a resounding success. More than 700 students have completed bachelor's degrees and returned home, where the value of an American education is unmistakable. The impact of these students on their home countries has been tremendous.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Walton International Scholarship Program website.
At JBU, Walton students enjoy a variety of special classes and activities. Walton students work together to study for classes and to help each other master material. Outside of academics, Walton scholars also participate in group activities such as shopping trips, movie nights, and field trips. Waltons share a close connection, often becoming friends for life.