AR Governor’s Distinguished Scholars Program

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Amount
Awarded

$40,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

February 1

Saturday
Awarded By:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Up to 300 awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be an Arkansas resident for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline.
  3. Must graduate from an Arkansas high school.
  4. Must be enrolled, or be accepted for admission to, an approved school Arkansas public institution.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  6. Must enroll full-time.
  7. Must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  8. Must have an ACT score of 32 of higher OR an SAT score of 1410 or higher (combined score of math and critical reading) OR be a National Merit or National Achievement finalist.
  9. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

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

Description: This scholarship is available for Arkansas resident high school seniors who are planning to attend an Arkansas state-supported college or university and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and an ACT score of 32 of higher or an SAT score of 1410 or higher, or are a National Merit or National Achievement finalist.

Application requirements for the AR Governor’s Distinguished Scholars Program are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: In 1983, the Arkansas General Assembly enacted the Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program to recognize Arkansas’ outstanding graduates and encourage them to continue their education in Arkansas. Recipients of this award must attend an approved Arkansas college or university.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000 annually, renewable for up to three additional years, provided the schodlar maintained a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale at the end of each academic year and has completed 27 semester credit hours in the first academic year and 30 semester credit hours per academic year thereafter. If the Governor’s Distinguished Scholar fails to meet these requirements at the end of the academic year, the scholarship will revoked.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $40,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, February 1

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. The application deadline is Feb. 1 of the year of high school graduation. The application and all supporting documentation, except National Merit/Achievement Finalist status notification, must be received by the deadline. Applications submitted after then will not be considered.
Contact: Margaret Baltz
Address: 423 Main St., Suite 400 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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