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 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.

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Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship | ACST

High School Non-Traditional Students
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship Picture

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Arkansas 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.

Who May Apply:

Traditional Students Students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year who are graduating from a public high school, a private or out-of-state high school, or homeschool must have an ACT superscore of at least a 19 (or an equivalent of a 19 composite on an equivalent test).Traditional students must enroll in at least 12 hours the first fall semester following high school graduation, and at least 15 hours each semester thereafter, to receive their funds that semester. They must complete at least 27 hours their first year, and at least 30 hours each year thereafter, with a 2.5 cumulative GPA. College Freshman who did not qualify for Academic Challenge Scholarship can apply as traditional students if they were enrolled as a full-time first-time freshman and completed 27 hours with a 2.5 GPA at the end of Spring. If they do not have 27 hours at the end of spring, they can apply as non-traditional. Non-Traditional Students are defined as students who are currently in college and did not receive Challenge, as well as adults who have completed some college but do not have a degree.

Non-traditional students with college hours will qualify with a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5. Adults with no college can qualify for the Academic Challenge Scholarship if they have an ACT of 19 (or an equivalent score on an equivalent test) or 2.5 high school GPA if a graduate of an Arkansas public high school. Non-traditional students may enroll in as few as six hours and still receive a pro-rated scholarship amount. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and their continuing eligibility requirement is related to their semester enrollment

Award Amount:
4 Year Institutions: $1,000 freshman year | $4,000 sophomore year | $4,000 junior year | $5,000 senior year. 2 Year Institutions: $1,000 freshman year | $3,000 sophomore year

Annual Deadline
July 1

Arkansas Future Grant | ARFUTURE

High School Non-Traditional Students Other
Arkansas Future Grant Picture

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.

Who May Apply:
Every person who has graduated from an Arkansas high school, Arkansas home school or GED program, or anyone who has a high school diploma and has lived in Arkansas for the last three years and has not yet earned an Associate degree. Students must enroll in a STEM program, a state high demand, or regionally high demand area of study. Students must complete the FAFSA. A listing of programs is available on the state financial aid website: https://sams.adhe.edu/

Award Amount:
Tuition and general mandatory fees

Fall Deadline
July 1

Spring Deadline
January 10

Arkansas Health Education Grant Picture
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.

Annual Deadline
July 1

Arkansas Workforce Challenge Picture
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 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.


Who May Apply:
Every person who has graduated from an Arkansas high school, Arkansas home school or GED program, or anyone who has a high school diploma or GED earned from another state and has lived in Arkansas for the last year. Students must enroll in a high demand area of study in the programs of Information Technology, Healthcare, and Industry. Programs are not restricted for credit bearing classes. Non-credit, workforce-training classes that fit into the three above categories may also qualify. A listing of programs is available on the state financial aid website: Arkansas Workforce Challenge Program List. Students are not eligible for both Academic Challenge and Workforce Challenge.

How to apply:
30 days prior to class start date

Award Amount:
Up to $800 per program

Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Picture

Qualified high school students may be eligible to enroll in concurrent courses and be covered by the new Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship.

Award Amount:
$125 per eligible course

Governor’s Higher Education Transition Scholarship Picture
The Governor’s Higher Education Transition Scholarship Program is open to students who have already been accepted into a transitional program accredited by The Institute for Community Inclusion as Comprehensive Training Programs. 

Who May Apply:
Only students admitted into a qualifying program may complete the application.  

Award Amount:
Maximum of $2,500/eligible semester

Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship Picture
The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring either a minimum composite or superscore of 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT and a 3.50 academic grade point average. Those named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholars may qualify without meeting the GPA requirement but must still meet the ACT/SAT requirement. FAFSA is required. The scholarship pays tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board up to $10,000 per year.

Who May Apply:
Governor’s Distinguished applicants must possess a 32 ACT Superscore and a 3.5 GPA, or the standing of National Merit and National Achievement Finalist.

Award Amount:
$10000

Annual Deadline
March 1

Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship Picture

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.

Who May Apply:
Undergraduates who are dependent children or spouses of persons killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, forester, correctional officer, Community Punishment Department or Transportation Department employees, and teachers.

Award Amount:
Waives in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and on-campus room charges

Annual Deadline
July 1

Military Dependents Scholarship Picture

MDS provides a waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at any public or private 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.

Who May Apply:
Students who are dependent children or spouses of persons who were killed or missing in action, or who were prisoners of war, or permanently and totally disabled through military service. 

Award Amount:
Waives in-state tuition, on-campus room and board, and mandatory fees at eligible Arkansas institutions.

Annual Deadline
July 1

Out-Of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment Program Picture

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

Award Amount:
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.

Annual Deadline
June 1

State Teacher Education Program Picture

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.

STEP is a loan repayment 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.

  • October 1, 2021 - STEP application opens - apply through your ADHE YOUniversal account at https://sams.adhe.edu/
  • June 1, 2022 - Priority deadline - all documentation must be postmarked by June 1, 2022
  • July 1, 2022 - Final deadline to apply
  • July 15, 2022 - All documentation must be postmarked by July 15, 2022
  • Requirements: Graduated after April 1, 2004; Teaching in a Geographicor 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.

Who May Apply:
Eligible educators who are practicing in a geographic and/or subject shortage area of the state, and have outstanding federal student loan debt.

Award Amount:
$3,000 to $4,000

Annual Deadline
July 1

Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship Picture

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.

Designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors.

Annual Deadline
November 1

Teacher Opportunity Program Picture

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.

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3000.

  • October 1, 2021 - TOP application opens - apply through your ADHE YOUniversal account at https://sams.adhe.edu/
  • June 1, 2022 - Priority deadline - all documentation must be postmarked by June 1, 2022
  • July 1, 2022 - Final deadline to apply
  • July 15, 2022 - All documentation must be postmarked by July 15, 2022
  • Requirements: Employed as Classroom Teacher/Administrator in Arkansas; Maintain Current Teacher/Administrator Arkansas License
  • Documents Required: College Transcript; Itemized Statement, Copy of Paid Receipt for Semester(s) you are Seeking Reimbursement, and Copy of Syllabus if Seeking Reimbursement for Books
  • Award Amount: Up to $3,000 per year. Funds are disbursed directly to the applicant.

Award Amount:
$3000

Annual Deadline
July 1

Washington Center Scholarship Picture

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:
$6000