Non-Traditional

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 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. 

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.