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FAYETTEVILLE -- A $250,000 pledge from a Colorado couple will support a diversity program at the University of Arkansas Honors College.

The Nicholas and Carolyn Cole Honors College Path Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship will help students from Arkansas in the Path program, which connects students to peer and professional mentors.

"Nick and Carolyn Cole have long been benefactors of our Path Program, which opens the door to higher education for students from underrepresented populations and helps them succeed once they arrive on campus," Lynda Coon, dean of the Honors College, said in a statement.

In 2014, the couple pledged $250,000 for a similar scholarship and have also given in support of other areas of the university, including in support of the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, which opened in September 2015.

The scholarship will give preference to students who are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree.

UA spokeswoman Jennifer Holland said 85 students participated in the Honors College Path Program during the 2019-20 school year.

Carolyn Cole earned a bachelor's and master's degree from UA, both in English.

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