AR Military Dependents Scholarship Program

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Amount
Awarded

$6,751

Awarded

Application Deadline

July 1

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be enrolled, or be accepted for admission to, an approved school Arkansas public institution.
  3. Must be a resident of Arkansas.
  4. Must be a spouse or dependent child of an Arkansas resident who was killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled.
  5. Must be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien.
  6. Must be enrolled full time (as defined by the institution).
  7. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available to Arkansas resident undergraduate students who are attending an Arkansas state-supported college or university. Students must be the natural child, adopted child, or spouse of an Arkansas resident who is/was one of the following: a prisoner of war, missing in action, killed in action, killed on ordnance delivery, or disabled during the course or result of active military duty after Jan. 1, 1960.

Application requirements for the AR Military Dependents Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Eligibility documents
Additional Information: The Military Dependents Scholarship (MDS), formerly called the MIA/KIA Dependents Scholarship, provides financial aid for undergraduate students seeking a bachelor's degree or certificate of completion at any public college, university or technical school in Arkansas who qualify as a spouse or dependent child of an Arkansas resident who has been declared to be missing in action, killed in action, a prisoner of war, or killed on ordnance delivery, or a veteran who has been declared to be 100 percent totally and permanently disabled during, or as a result of, active military service.

Award Amount: The MDS scholarship will cover the unpaid portion of the cost (if any) of tuition and mandatory fees and a room and meal plan when provided in on-campus facilities after three months of Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) or Chapter 35 benefits have been deducted from the total costs. If there is no positive balance after deduction of DEA benefits, then no benefits will be paid Eligibility is limited to eight semesters or the achievement of a degree whichever occurs first.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $6,751.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Applications are available from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) website. Accessing the application requires students to register for an account using the electronic Arkansas Universal Financial Aid System. As part of the application, students must also submit the following eligibility documentations: a death certificate or Report of Casualty from the appropriate branch of the U.S. military; a Statement of Award for Special Monthly Compensation by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs for service-connected, 100 percent total and permanent disability (VA Form 20-5455); a copy of the veteran's DD214 form showing service dates; a copy of his/her birth certificate or a copy of legal adoption or guardianship appointed certificate (if apply as an eligible dependent child) or a copy of his/her marriage license (if applying as an eligible spouse). The application deadline is July 1 annually.
Contact: Margaret Baltz
Address: 423 Main St., Suite 400 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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