Natalie Sherwood, a Rose Bud High School graduate, has been named this year’s Presidential Scholar for the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. The recognition is based on grade-point average, other academic achievements and faculty recommendations. The winner receives $1,500. Sherwood is a junior, majoring in the pre-professional track of kinesiology and plans to pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Michael Miller, Dean of the College, commended Sherwood, saying, “Kinesiology is a challenging discipline, and she has truly excelled. She is an outstanding student who will have a tremendous career as a physical therapist!”

Sherwood is a member of the Honors College and has received the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Scholarship and an Honors College Research Grant. She also participates in the Institute program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she takes religion classes and serves as the Institute Student Council President.

When asked to what she attributes her academic success, Sherwood responded, “I guess good genes, but I have a strong desire to do my best.” She is a list maker and schedules her time carefully through the week to get all her studying done before Sunday, having made it a rule to never study on the Sabbath. In her limited spare time she enjoys being outside - walking, hiking, running, watching sports, plus spending time with her fiancé, Brian, and making preparations for their June wedding.

Sherwood is the daughter of Bart and Lorra Sherwood of Rose Bud and the granddaughter of John D. & Barbara Sherwood of Mount Vernon, and Bob Burton and the late Jean Burton of Rose Bud.