- Federal and State Aid Programs are subject to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
- The private scholarships listed below are provided for your convenience and not awarded by OBU at NLC. You must apply for these scholarships independently. Additionally, we have provided several scholarship search sites that you may wish to use. While the Student Financial Services office does try to screen the scholarships listed, OBU is not responsible for the information contained on these sites nor the validity of the scholarships. Remember, you should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship.
Federal Aid Programs
How to Apply
Apply for federal aid listed above by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applications for the coming school year become available after January 1 each year. You must reapply each year. Applications received prior to June 1 receive funding priority. (2013 income information is required for the 2014-15 application.)
The Higher Education Amendments require the university to define and enforce standards for satisfactory academic progress to encourage students to successfully complete degree requirements within 4 years (8 semesters).
State of Arkansas Aid Programs
Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship: Arkansas high school students with a 2.5 gpa, 19 ACT and Smart Core Curriculum are eligible to apply. The deadline to complete the Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application to be eligible for the Academic Challenge Scholarship is June 1. There is not an income limit to receive the Academic Challenge, but students must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov to receive Academic Challenge.
The current awards are graduated as follows:
$2,000 (1st year)
$3,000 (2nd year)
$4,000 (3rd year)
Go Opportunities Grant
Go Opportunities Grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education – $1,000 a year may be available to students who are graduating from an Arkansas High School. To be eligible a student must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident Alien with a household income that does not exceed $25,000 per year, with an additional $5,000 per year allowed for each additional child. (Example: The maximum annual income of a family with three children would be $35,000.) For more information you may call 1-800-54-STUDY or visit the website at http://heog.adhe.edu/. The application deadline date is June 1 for applicants enrolling in the fall term and November 1 for applicants enrolling in the spring term. Program funding is limited.
Governor’s Scholars Program
Governor’s Scholars Program – up to $4000 annually for graduating high school seniors based on academic achievement, test score and leadership. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship for those scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholar pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. These are competitive awards and subject to funding/award limits. The application deadline is February 1 each year.
Applications and deadlines vary for scholarship and loan programs funded through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. For a detailed listing of programs and application information, check www.adhe.edu or call 1-800-54-STUDY.
Arkansas Resident Scholarships
General Scholarships and Out-of-State Resident Scholarships
All others can find contact information on the ETV Program website.
Texas Resident Scholarships for Abilene, Coleman County, Cooper, Wylie and Big Country county High Schools
Todd McCord Scholarship Applications should be mailed to:
First Baptist Church
811 Port Arthur Ave.
Mena, AR 71953
(501) 296-1600 Arkansas Residents
(318) 326-3232 Louisiana Residents
(903) 255-3220 Texas Residents
All others should contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office.
Current Undergraduate Only Scholarships
Free Scholarship Searches
These web sites contain valuable scholarship and financial aid information. Remember, private scholarship searches require patience and persistence, as well as an early start. These searches are free of charge. Please do not pursue scholarship searches which require a fee for processing your application information!
- Adventures in Education
- Arkansas Community Foundation
- Arkansas Student Loan Authority
- College is Possible
- Community Foundation of Abilene, TX
- Epsilom Sigma Alpha Foundation – Enter your state to search.
- ISTS – Click on the “online application portal” link to get started.
- Scholarship America
- Scholarship Experts
- School Soup
Questions? You can email OBU Student Financial Services or call the office, (870) 245-5570.