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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:

Award Amount:
Tuition and general mandatory fees

Fall Deadline
July 1

Spring Deadline
January 10

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:

Annual Deadline
March 1