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Burlsworth Scholars

Burlsworth scholars

Since 1999, over $2,016,000 in financial aid has been given to 394 University of Arkansas students in honor of Brandon Burlsworth. 

Brandon Burlsworth began his Razorback football career as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship and then a starting position on the team's offensive line. By his senior year he was a team captain, as well as a
consensus All-American.
 He was the first UA football player to complete his master's degree before playing his final game, and he capped his career with the 63rd overall draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts. 

Each year $5,000 scholarships are awarded to up to 18 students who are characterized as academic overachievers. Like Brandon Burlsworth. these are students primarily from smaller towns. who did not receive much attention when they arrived on campus as freshmen, but who have, through hard work, perseverance and character become academic "stars".

In addition, one Razorback football player, who began his career as a walk-on, is honored as the year's HONORARY Burlsworth Athletic Scholar. Students are selected by the University of Arkansas Scholarship Committee. Members of the Burlsworth family and the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation Board of Directors travel to Fayetteville to recognize these outstanding students during a home Razorback football game.


grant Morgan

2017 Burlsworth memorial HONORARY athletic scholarship recipient
2020 Burlsworth Trophy Finalist
2021 Burlsworth Trophy winner

Grant Morgan Burlsworth Trophy 2021

"In 2017, I was honored with the Burlsworth Memorial Athletic Scholarship. A a walk-on, this scholarship gave me pride in what I had done and what I knew I wanted to accomplish moving forward. The Burlsworth Foundation honors the greatest walk-on in Brandon Burlsworth, I want to continue the Arkansas Razorbacks' legacy of walk-ons. Being named to this scholarship in 2017 has propelled me forward in that feat. I'm thankful for the BBF and I will continue to show what being a walk-on means, on and off the field, much like Brandon did." 



2023-24 - John Paul Pickens

2022-23 - Jackson Woodard

2021-22 - John Austin Nix
2020-21 - John Austin Nix
2019-20 – John David White

2018-19 – Simeon Blair 

2017-18 – Grant Morgan

2016-17 – Byron Keaton

2015-16 – Joshua Harris

2014-15 – Austin Jones

2013-14 – David Hurd

2012-13 – Seth Armbrust

2010-11 – Seth Armbrust

2009-10 – Luke Miller

2008-09 – Jeremy Davis

2007-08 – Stephen Parker

2006-07 – Richard Bracken

2005-06 – Dowell Loggains

2004-05 – Tom Crowder

2003-04 – Charles Jeffers

2002-03- Charles Nalley

2001-02 – George Wilson

2000-01 – Jerry Reith

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