The Only Guide to Arkansas Scholarships That You’ll Ever Need
Arkansas in-state and out-of-state students can find numerous scholarships and grants that can help them cover their education-related expenses. While scholarship programs have different eligibility requirements—if you carefully sort the available opportunities—you will find a few that you qualify for. That process can be time-consuming, though.
This guide will show you some of the awards you could apply for and present the fastest way to find all the Arkansas scholarships that match your profile.
Arkansas scholarships and grants come from different sources. They can be categorized based on the providers, as follows:
- Federal grants
- Arkansas state-supported scholarships and grants
- Institutional scholarships
- Private scholarships
Several federal grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Some of the grant programs include:
- Federal Pell Grants—Designed for undergraduate students who are in financial need and who don’t have a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. The maximum federal Pell Grant award varies each year
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)—Awarded to undergraduate students who have an extreme financial need. Priority is given to those eligible for the Pell Grants. Applicants can receive between $100 and $4,000 per academic year depending on their financial need
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants—Worth up to $4,000. It’s an award-for-service program for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate school students in teaching majors. The grant recipients agree to teach in a high-need field (a school that serves low-income students) for four years or to repay the grant
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants—Awarded to children of military officers whose guardian or parent died while on duty in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11. Applicants should be under 24 years or have been enrolled at a college prior to the parent’s death. The award amount is matched to the maximum Pell Grant awarded that year
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers several state-supported financial aid programs—including scholarships and grants. The majority of these scholarships are dedicated to state residents in different demographic groups, like veterans, graduate school students, women, etc. Here are some of the scholarships provided by Arkansas:
|Scholarship Name||Who Is It For?|
|Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship||Arkansas residents seeking higher education, including college students, college freshmen, and non-traditional students|
|Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship||High school juniors or seniors|
|Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture)||Students enrolled in STEM courses or majors that are in high demand in the region|
|Arkansas Health Education Grant (ARHEG)||Arkansas students of healthcare studies who plan to attend out-of-state institutions|
|Arkansas Workforce Challenge||Arkansas high school graduates who are not current beneficiaries of the Academic Challenge Scholarship|
|Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship||Graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.50 and scores of 32 in ACT or 1410 in SAT|
|Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship (LEO)||Dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers who died or got disabled in the line of duty|
|Military Dependents Scholarship (MDS)||Dependents and spouses of military personnel who died, went missing, or got disabled on the line of duty|
|Single Parent Scholarship Fund||Low-income single parents living in Arkansas and pursuing their first diploma or degree from a higher learning institution|
|Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)||Undergraduate students conducting in-depth research in their majors|
|Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)||Arkansas teachers and administrators who are advancing their education|
|Washington Center Scholarship||Arkansas students who are accepted to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars|
Higher learning institutions also offer scholarships and grants to their students. Some of the Arkansas scholarships and grants offered by learning institutions in AR include:
- Benbrook Scholarship by Arkansas State University
- AT&T Business Internship Awards by UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media
- Memphis Access and Diversity Scholarships by Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law University of Memphis
You can also find scholarships provided by different private sources, such as professional organizations, foundations, employers, and individuals. Here are some examples of such programs:
- Arkansas Green Industry Association Professional Grants
- Arkansas Library Association Annual Scholarship (ArLA) Scholarship
- Randall Mathis Scholarship for Environmental Studies Fund
- Randy Henry Memorial Scholarship
You may have to use different approaches to find scholarships that suit you. Here are some tips you can use for better results:
- Visit your school’s financial aid office or check the financial aid section of your school’s website
- Ask your school guidance counselor about available options according to your academic performance and financial situation
- Check with federal agencies and Arkansas state educational agencies
- Find scholarships tailored to people in your religious group (e.g., Christians or Muslims)
- Find professional associations that offer scholarships to students pursuing your major. For instance, the Arkansas Nurses Association offers scholarships to registered nurses in the state and those who are seeking to further their studies in nursing
- Check with ethnic-based organizations that offer scholarships to minorities, such as Filipinos, Indians, Africans, Asians, Hispanics, etc.
- Perform searches based on your field of study, such as engineering, math, science, computer science, music, foreign language, creative writing, etc.
- Search using your demographic profile, such as international students, teenage moms, women over 40, adults, senior citizens, etc.
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Each scholarship has its own application guidelines. The official provider’s website should have all the details on how to apply. Most federal financial aid programs require filing the FAFSA form upon application. Afterward, your school will notify you of the amount of federal aid you can receive and provide additional details.
To be considered for Arkansas state programs, you need to use the ADHE’s YOUniversal System. This means creating an online account—YOUniversal account—with the Arkansas Department of higher education. You can log in to your YOUniversal account to find programs, check the status of your application, change your college, and more.
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