State of Arkansas
Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application
The 2016-17 Arkansas YOUniversal Scholarship Application is now available online after January 1st. Arkansas residents should complete this one scholarship application to apply for all Arkansas state scholarships.
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 1st. 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.
Year First Awarded 4 Year School
2015-16 $1,000(1st year) $4,000(2nd year) $4,000(3rd year) $5,000(4th 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.
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.
Workforce Improvement Grant (WIG)
Workforce Improvement Grant is a need based grant for non-traditional students, those at least 24 years old. The program’s goal is to help those students returning to school who have financial need but might not be eligible for assistance from traditional state and federal programs. Annual award is a maximum of $2000 for a student enrolled full time but may be less in order to prevent an over award as defined by federal regulations. Visit website: http://scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/workforce-improvement-grant-wig