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Academic Challenge Scholarship - High School - 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:

July 01, 2019

Requirements:

For High School seniors, the only requirement is a 19 on the ACT or ACT equivalent score (990 on SAT), FAFSA Required. 

See Overview for more information on eligibility requirements for Non-traditional students. 

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 -

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture) - High School - Non-Traditional Students

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:

July 01, 2019

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

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:

July 01, 2019

Other Information:

Graduate Reporting Form
Loan Forgiveness Voucher

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

Arkansas Workforce Challenge

General Information

Important Note: The following information is intended as a general overview of the program for those who are applying, or who are considering applying, for the scholarship, and is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation of program requirements. For complete information please refer to the program’s rules and regulations.

The Workforce Challenge Scholarship was created in the 2017 legislative session and is funded by lottery revenue.  The purpose of the scholarship is for workforce training in high demand areas of healthcare, information technology, and industry.  Classes are not limited to credit-bearing programs.  Non-credit, workforce-training classes


Requirements:

  1. Be an Arkansas resident
  2. Must be a high school graduate or received high school equivalency
  3. Student cannot be a current recipient of the Academic Challenge Scholarship
  4. Be accepted for admission into an approved program as defined by ADHE

Degree List for 2018-19 Academic Year

 

Deadline for Application

Students must apply at least 30 days prior to enrollment in an eligible program. 

Overview > Application

Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship - High School

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, 2019

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

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:

July 01, 2019

Award Amount:

See overview page for Awards Information.

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

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:

July 01, 2019

Award Amount:

See overview page for Awards Information.

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

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.


Overview > Rules and Regulations Application


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.

Overview > Application

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:

July 01, 2019

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, 2018

Award Amount:

See overview page for Awards Information.

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

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, 2019

Documents Required:

College Transcript and Itemized receipt from college or university.

Award Amount:

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

Overview > Rules and Regulations Application

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.

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.