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Are you a student in the state of Arkansas? If so, you can pay for your college or graduate school education with scholarships! In fact, there are specific Arkansas scholarships that are meant to support students in the state. These scholarships include opportunities for high school, college, and graduate Arkies.

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  • Arkansas student loan debt snapshot
  • Top Arkansas scholarships
  • Merit scholarships at Arkansas colleges and universities
  • Additional Arkansas resources
  • Frequently asked questions

Arkansas college loan debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, Arkansas residents owe $13.0 billion in federal student loan debt, with 390,000 student borrowers owing $33,333 on average (those numbers do not include private loans). Over 50% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many as you qualify for. Keep on reading to learn more about top Arkansas scholarships from private organizations, as well as merit scholarships from colleges in Arkansas!

Top Arkansas scholarships

Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Arkansas residents who are applying for a certificate program in a high-demand occupation. Must have graduated from an Arkansas high school or GED program.
  • Amount: $800
  • Deadline: Must apply at least 30 days prior to enrollment in an eligible program

Arkansas Baptist Foundation Scholarships

  • Eligibility: The Arkansas Baptist Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for different schools, people, and areas of study. Must be an Arkansas resident and a Baptist or Christian
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies from February 1st to June 1st of each year

Arkansas Association of Curriculum & Instruction Administrators Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Arkansas graduating high school seniors, graduate students, and vocational students who are pursuing a variety of majors (includes associate and vocational degrees)
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies from February to June of each year

Cornerstone Charitable Scholarship Trust

  • Eligibility: African American students who have roots in Arkansas. Be 17-25 years old. Demonstrate good academic performance and financial need
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: March 30 of the year before enrollment

R. Preston Woodruff Jr. Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Arkansas residents who are high school seniors and planning to attend a postsecondary education institution in Arkansas. Must complete an essay prompt
  • Amount: Up to $4,000
  • Deadline: April 1 of each year

Arkansas Farm Bureau scholarships

  • Eligibility: Arkansas college juniors or seniors with at least two full semesters required for completion of their degree. Must be actively pursuing an agricultural/agricultural related degree at an Arkansas University
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: April 17 of each year

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Live in Arkansas. Meet the definition of a “single parent.” Not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree. Have a high school diploma or GED. Have a 2.0+ GPA. Complete the FAFSA. Be pursuing a degree or certification that leads to employment at family-supporting wages
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: May 18 and October 15 each year

Arkansas Nurses Foundation Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Be an Arkansas Registered Nurse and a resident of Arkansas. Be admitted to an accredited nursing degree program
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: August 1 of each year

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – Traditional students

  • Eligibility: Arkansas residents going into their first year of college. Have an ACT of 19+ (or equivalent on another test). Enroll full-time at a college or university
  • Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: July 1 of each year

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – Non-traditional students

  • Eligibility: Be an Arkansas resident. Adults with college credits must have a 2.5+ GPA. Adults without credits must have a 19+ ACT score (or equivalent) or a 2.5+ GPA from an Arkansas high school. May enroll in as little as 6 hours to maintain scholarship. Must be the applicant’s first bachelor’s degree
  • Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: July 1 of each year

Merit scholarships at Arkansas colleges and universities

Harding University

  • Eligibility: First-years admitted to Harding University. Enroll full-time. Have a 3.0+ GPA. Exact amount of award depends on ACT/SAT/CLT score and GPA
  • Amount: $2,000 – $11,000
  • Deadline: Rolling

Hendrix College

  • Eligibility: Based on GPA, standardized test scores (unless test optional), leadership and extracurricular activities, and recommendations
  • Amount: $15,000+
  • Deadline: Upon application to Hendrix College

Lyon College

  • Eligibility: Incoming first-year students to Lyon College with a 20+ ACT and 2.5+ GPA
  • Amount: $11,000 – full tuition
  • Deadline: Apply early to Lyon College and be admitted and considered

Ouachita Baptist University

  • Eligibility: Incoming first-years. Have a 2.0+ GPA
  • Amount: $20,000 – $76,000
  • Deadline: Considered upon admission to Ouachita Baptist University

University of Arkansas

  • Eligibility: First-years at the University of Arkansas. Evaluated based on test scores, high school GPA, and the written scholarship application along with other factors such as first-generation college student status, financial need, legacy status, and underrepresented community status
  • Amount: $1,000 – $10,000 per year
  • Deadline: February 1

University of the Ozarks

  • Eligibility: Be admitted to the University of the Ozarks. Have a 2.5 – 3.75+ GPA
  • Amount: $11,000 – $13,000 per year
  • Deadline: Considered upon admission to University of the Ozarks

Additional Arkansas resources

Arkansas Community Foundation scholarship portal

Create an account with the Arkansas Community Foundation to browse their scholarship portal. Scholarships are usually accepted February 1 – April 1 annually.

Arkansas Student Loan Authority scholarship search

The Arkansas Student Loan Authority hosts a list of Arkansas scholarships for a variety of people and areas of study.

Arkansas Division of Higher Education

This is an outstanding website for both in-state and out-of-state students considering or attending college in Arkansas. In addition to information on colleges, the website offers resources for financial planning, information on veterans training, and links to AmeriCorps opportunities.

University of Arkansas Community Colleges

This listing of community colleges in Arkansas and what each offers is a great place to start your search, whether you are planning on transferring to a four-year college or university or seeking technical career training.

FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Arkansas students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

Frequently asked questions

Does Arkansas offer free college?

That depends! The Arkansas Futures Grant is for students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or regional high demand areas of study. The grant covers tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and associate degree programs at Arkansas’ public institutions for eligible students. Apply early, as this grant is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Free college is also available for Arkansas senior citizens (those age 60 years or older) at the University of Arkansas. Enrollment is contingent on space availability of classes; senior registration period starts the Friday before classes begin. Qualifying seniors are also eligible for graduate-level study depending on availability of classes. If you are 60+ years old, check out the links above and take your first step towards becoming a Senior Razorback!

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  • Top scholarships for Black students


What are 10 scholarships offered in Arkansas? ›

10 Arkansas Scholarships
  • Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. ...
  • Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest. ...
  • Ralph G. ...
  • Cornerstone Charitable Scholarship Trust. ...
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund. ...
  • Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship. ...
  • Governor's Distinguished Scholarship. ...
  • Arkansas Workforce Challenge.
17 Feb 2022

Where is the best place to start looking for scholarships? ›

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
  • the financial aid office at a college or career school.
  • a high school or TRIO counselor.
  • the U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool.
  • federal agencies.
  • your state grant agency.
  • your library's reference section.

What scholarships can I get in Arkansas? ›

Arkansas Scholarships
  • Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
  • Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest.
  • Cornerstone Scholarship Charitable Trust.
  • Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship.
  • NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program.
  • NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarships.
  • Southern Automotive Womens Forum Scholarship.

What ACT score is needed for a full ride in Arkansas? ›

Students with a self-reported GPA of 3.80 or higher and an ACT score of 32 or higher or an SAT of 1450 (redesigned exam) or 1400 (old exam) or higher will receive the fellowship application, while those with lower credentials will receive a scholarship application.

Which scholarships are easy to get? ›

Top easy scholarships in 2022
  • $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay.
  • Niche $50,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.
  • $40,000 BigFuture Scholarships.
  • CollegeXpress Fall Flavor Giveaway.
  • $2,500 Christian Connector Scholarship.
  • $2,000 College Repayment Grant.
  • Annual Protestant Faith Based College Scholarship.

How can I increase my chances of winning a scholarship? ›

If you apply to more scholarships, you will increase your chances of winning a scholarship. Often students dislike smaller scholarships and essay competitions. But these scholarships are less competitive, so they are easier to win. Small scholarships do add up and may make it easier to win bigger awards.

What is the most difficult part of looking for scholarships? ›

According to most of my students, one of the hardest parts of applying for scholarships is finding appropriate scholarships to apply to. It's easy to become overwhelmed with all the scholarships and scams out there.

What is the best month to apply for scholarships? ›

OCTOBER (for High School Seniors)

Put plenty of effort into your scholarship search during the fall of your senior year. Remember! Most scholarship deadlines, particularly those for large amounts have early deadlines.

Can I get a full ride scholarship with a 3.5 GPA? ›

The GPA requirement usually depends on the type of scholarship and the institution awarding it. For example, a college may distribute an academic or merit-based scholarship to students who receive a 3.5 GPA or higher. Earning a high GPA can often help increase your likelihood of receiving a robust scholarship.

What is the best way to get a full scholarship? ›

Full-ride academic scholarship: Be at the top of your class with a great GPA, take AP/honors classes, and get perfect (or close to perfect) SAT or ACT scores. Along with academic merit, it also helps to also have leadership skills or community involvement, too (see below).

What is a good GPA for a full ride scholarship? ›

It's up to a scholarship provider what the qualification criteria is for each scholarship. One of the most common grade point average requirements is a 3.0 average.

What SAT score for full ride? ›

So you're probably wondering, What's a good SAT score for scholarships, and how can I find them? The short answer is that you should aim for an SAT score between 1200 and 1600 if you want to secure some scholarships based on merit–and the higher within that range you score the more money you're looking at.

What colleges offer full ride scholarships? ›

Schools that Offer Full Ride Scholarships on Merit
  • Boston University: Trustee Scholarship.
  • Loyola Marymount University: Trustee Scholarship.
  • Texas Christian University: Chancellor's Scholars Program.
  • Vanderbilt University: Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship.
  • Wake Forest University: Nancy Susan Reynolds Scholarship.

What GPA do you need to keep the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship? ›

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to enrollment and receive at least a 19 on the ACT. To maintain eligibility, students must keep a 2.5 GPA.

Is getting a 36 on the ACT hard? ›

Getting a perfect ACT score is a pretty rare feat. The number of students in 2020 who scored a full 36 was 5,579 out of over 1.6 million — or about 0.33% of test-takers.

What happens if I get a 36 on the ACT? ›

A 36 ACT score makes you eligible to apply as a competitive candidate at all institutions — this includes elite and selective colleges and universities, as well. On top of that, you can expect a sizable amount of merit aid.

What is the minimum GPA for scholarships? ›

Some scholarship committees only consider applicants whose GPA meets a certain threshold. Minimum requirements range from around 2.0 on the lower end to 3.75 or higher for competitive academic scholarships. Generally speaking, a 3.0 GPA or higher will give you a decent shot at qualifying for a variety of scholarships.

Is Scholarships360 org legit? ›

Founded by two first-generation brothers, Scholarships360 is a free of charge (and spam!) platform for finding up-to-date scholarships. Scholarships listed on the site are vetted by members of the Scholarships360 team to make sure they're legit and not expired.

What is a good number of scholarships to apply to? ›

For those that want solid numbers, on average, many of the students I work with are applying for anywhere between 3-7+ scholarships, each, per week. Some weeks those numbers are much higher, and other weeks students are preparing or taking the week off to recharge mentally.

How many scholarships does University of Arkansas give out? ›

The Academic Scholarship Office awards over 4,000 scholarships totaling more than $12 million for students each year. This total does not include funds that support external scholarships held by UA students such as Governor's Scholarships, Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships, or non-resident tuition waivers.

What is the hardest scholarship to get? ›

Top 10 Hardest Scholarships to Get
  • Rhodes Scholarship.
  • Fullbright Scholarship.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
  • Princeton Scholarship.
  • Mitchell Scholarship.
  • Churchill Scholarship.
  • Marshall Scholarship.
  • Jardine Scholarship.
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What is the best way to get a full scholarship? ›

Full-ride academic scholarship: Be at the top of your class with a great GPA, take AP/honors classes, and get perfect (or close to perfect) SAT or ACT scores. Along with academic merit, it also helps to also have leadership skills or community involvement, too (see below).

What is the most common scholarship? ›

Most Popular Scholarships for College Students in 2022
Name of ScholarshipMaximum AwardDeadline Month
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship Program$20,000October
Burger King Scholars Program$25,000January
AXA Achievement Scholarships$25,000December
Gates Millennium Scholars ProgramCOA - Other AidJanuary
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What GPA do you need for a full scholarship? ›

It's up to a scholarship provider what the qualification criteria is for each scholarship. One of the most common grade point average requirements is a 3.0 average.

What GPA do most scholarships require? ›

Students who hold a GPA between 3.5 to 4.0 may distinguish themselves to institutions awarding academic scholarships. Since many students may receive high GPAs, colleges often grant scholarships to those who meet other criteria in addition to having a high GPA.

What is the highest GPA to get a scholarship? ›

Some scholarship committees only consider applicants whose GPA meets a certain threshold. Minimum requirements range from around 2.0 on the lower end to 3.75 or higher for competitive academic scholarships. Generally speaking, a 3.0 GPA or higher will give you a decent shot at qualifying for a variety of scholarships.

Is there a scholarship that pays for everything? ›

A full ride scholarship is an award that covers all expenses related with college. This includes tuition, books, fees, room and board, and possibly even living costs. The goal is to remove any need for additional financial aid.

Which university in USA gives the most scholarship? ›

The 50 colleges that offer the most student aid
RankCollegeStudents receiving need-based aid
1Columbia University2,973
2Yale University2,732
3Williams College1,014
4Amherst College1,066
46 more rows
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How many scholarship can I apply? ›

You can apply for as many scholarships as you want to but can avail of only one. This condition of availing of a scholarship may vary from provider to provider.

What is the hardest school to get into in Arkansas? ›

Based on an index of admissions rates and SAT scores, Harding University ranks as the hardest school in Arkansas to get into. In the 2020-2021 school year, a reported 55.1% of all 2,201 applicants were admitted.

What major is University of Arkansas known for? ›

The most popular majors at University of Arkansas include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and ...

How much is the Arkansas Scholar scholarship? ›

They all mean the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.
First Awarded Aid Year4 Year School2 Year School
2017-2020$1000 (1st year, Freshman)$1000
2017-2020$4000 (2nd year, Sophomore)$3000
2017-2020$4000 (3rd year, Junior)
2017-2020$5000 (4th year, Senior)
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