High School

Academic Challenge Scholarships

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, 2016

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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Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship

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, 2016

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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Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant)

Provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Student must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Student also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas institution. Applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GO! Opportunities Grant application.

Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 01, 2016

Requirements:

Must meet income requirements, FAFSA Required.

Award Amount:

Up to $500 per semester

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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.