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General Information

Important Note: The following information is intended as a general overview of the program for those 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 that fit into the three above categories may also qualify.

List of eligible programs for academic 2021-2022 year

You can also visit Explore Arkansas Careers to view eligible programs!

Arkansas Workforce Challenge Award Amount

The Workforce Challenge Award will be the cost of a certificate program or program of study not to exceed $800.

Deadline for Application

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

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

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

Continuing Eligibility  

Arkansas Workforce Challenge is a non-renewable grant. Students who successfully complete their program of study will be allowed to reapply for the award in another eligible program. Students who receive funding from Workforce Challenge and do not successfully complete their program will be allowed to reapply one time.

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.