High School

Academic Challenge Scholarship

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 01, 2018

Requirements:

The only requirement is a 19 on the ACT or ACT equivalent score, FAFSA Required. 

Other Information:

Academic Challenge Award Amounts

Students who were originally awarded prior to the 2016-17 school year are awarded at the following rates:

  Four Year College Two Year College
Year 1 $2000 $2000
Year 2 $3000 $2000
Year 3 $4000 -
Year 4 $5000 -

 

Starting with the 2016-17 school year students are awarded at the following rates:

  Four Year College Two Year College
Year 1 $1000 $1000
Year 2 $4000 $3000
Year 3 $4000 -
Year 4 $5000 -

 

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.

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture)

Arkansas Future (ArFuture), is the newest state grant program. The purpose of this grant is to increase the education and skills of Arkansas’s workforce in an affordable manner.  The grant applies to students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or regional high demand areas of study.  The grant will cover tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and Associate degree programs at Arkansas’ public institutions for eligible students.  The grant is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Qualifying Degree Programs

Updated 11-6-2017


Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

January 5, 2018 - For the Spring 2018 Semester
June 1, 2018 - For the 2018-2019 School Year

Requirements:

An Applicant must:

  • Have either graduated from an Arkansas public school, private school, home school or received high school equivalency diploma approved by the Department of Career Education; or
  • Verify that he or she has resided within the state for the three (3) years immediately preceding application and has either:
    - Graduated from an out-of-state high school, private school, home school or received a high school equivalency diploma approved by another state.
  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time at an approved institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to an associate degree or a certification in a STEM or regional high demand field.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application


Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship

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, 2018

Requirements:

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

Award Amount:

$10,000 per year.

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application
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.