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Academic Challenge Scholarship - High School

The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 15, 2017

Requirements:

Starting with the class of 2016, the only requirement is a 19 on the ACT or ACT equivalent score, FAFSA Required. 

Other Information:

Academic Challenge Award Amounts

Year First Awarded 4 Year School 2 Year School
2011-12 $4500 $2250
2012-13 $4500 $2250
2013-14 $2000 (1st year) $2000
2013-14 $3000 (2nd year) $2000
2013-14 $4000 (3rd year) $2000
2013-14 $5000 (4th year) $2000
2016-17 $1000 (1st year) $1000
2016-17 $4000 (2nd year) $3000
2016-17 $4000 (3rd year)  
2016-17 $5000 (4th year)  

Students who are initially awarded the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship for the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic years will be awarded on a graduated schedule that is identical to 2013-2014.

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Academic Challenge Scholarship - Non-Traditional Students

The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 15, 2017

Requirements:

2.5 College GPA if student has earned 12 or more hours; OR

19 ACT; OR

2.5 high school GPA if an AR high school graduate.

Documents Required:

Separate, official transcript from each college attended.

Other Information:

Academic Challenge Award Amounts

Year First Awarded 4 Year School 2 Year School
2011-12 $4500 $2250
2012-13 $4500 $2250
2013-14 $2000 (1st year) $2000
2013-14 $3000 (2nd year) $2000
2013-14 $4000 (3rd year) $2000
2013-14 $5000 (4th year) $2000
2016-17 $1000 (1st year) $1000
2016-17 $4000 (2nd year) $3000
2016-17 $4000 (3rd year)  
2016-17 $5000 (4th year)  

Students who are initially awarded the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship for the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic years will be awarded on a graduated schedule that is identical to 2013-2014. 

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Arkansas Health Education Grant (ARHEG) - Graduate Students

ARHEG provides financial assistance to students seeking professional training in chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine to allow them to attend out-of-state institutions.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 15, 2017

Other Information:

Graduate Reporting Form
Loan Forgiveness Voucher

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Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship - High School

NOTICE: The law regarding the Governor's Scholars Program has been amended by Act 850 of 2015. Due to the adoption of the emergency clause for this act, the changes will take effect for this awarding period.

The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring either 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average. Those who are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholars may qualify without meeting the GPA requirement, but must still meet the ACT/SAT requirement. The scholarship pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

February 01, 2017

Requirements:

At least a 32 ACT (1410 SAT) and a 3.5 GPA to apply. FAFSA not required.

Award Amount:

$10,000 per year.

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Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship (LEO) - Other

LEO provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 15, 2017

Award Amount:

See overview page for Awards Information.

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Military Dependents Scholarship (MDS) - Other

MDS provides a waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 15, 2017

Award Amount:

See overview page for Awards Information.

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Out-Of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment Program - Graduate Students

Please Note: This program is not currently funded.

The Out-of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment program will assist with repayment of federal student loans for up to five (5) years for eligible veterinarians that attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and practice food supply veterinary medicine within the State of Arkansas.


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Single Parent Scholarship - Other

Single Parent Scholarships (SPSF) are given to low-income single parents who are pursuing post-secondary education in preparation for skilled employment. Scholarship Funds are administered by affiliate organizations and volunteers in each county of Arkansas. Eligibility criteria and application requirements vary by county. To apply for a scholarship or to get involved, contact the affiliate SPSF serving the county you live in.


Award Amount:

Contact Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for award information.

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State Teacher Education Program (STEP) - Teachers

STEP is a loan reduction program that offers yearly loan repayment grants to current educators teaching in a subject or geographic shortage area in an Arkansas public school. Teachers must reapply each year and are eligible for up to three years.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 01, 2017

Requirements:

Graduated after April 1, 2004, teaching in a geographic or subject shortage area

Documents Required:

College Transcript with Graduation Date, Lender Payment Information

Award Amount:

Up to $4,000 per year paid directly to lender.

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Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - Other

Designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

November 01, 2017

Other Information:

Application
SURF Application Checklist
Budget

Award Amount:

See overview page for Awards Information.

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Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) - Teachers

TOP offers reimbursement grants to current Arkansas teachers and administrators seeking to further their education. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for an academic year, not to exceed $3000.


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 01, 2017

Documents Required:

College Transcript and Itemized receipt from college or university.

Award Amount:

Up to $3,000 per year reimbursed to applicant.

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Washington Center Scholarship - Other

A program that awards scholarships of up to $6000 to Arkansas students who are accepted to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars located in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the website for the Washington Center.


Award Amount:

Refer to the Washington Center Website for Award information.

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Disclaimer: The laws, rules, regulations, award amounts, amount of awardees, eligibility criteria, funding per program, etc. are subject to change at any point prior to, during or after application through the YOUniversal application. These changes will be based on changes in law or funding provided by the Arkansas General Assembly. It is understood that ADHE is not at fault for any changes that occur to any financial aid program. In addition, awards for all ADHE programs are limited by the availability of funds.