Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – High School Seniors

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Amount
Awarded

$3,506

Awarded

Application Deadline

July 1

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a resident of Arkansas.
  3. Must graduate from an Arkansas high school or receive a GED equivalent from the state of Arkansas.
  4. Must plan to attend an Arkansas college or university.
  5. Must a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  6. Must plan to enroll full time.
  7. Must successfully complete the Smart Core curriculum established by the Arkansas Department of Education and have an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (or the equivalent).

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

Description: This award is available for Arkansas high school seniors who are planning to attend a two-year or four-year postsecondary institution in Arkansas. Students must successfully complete the Smart Core curriculum established by the Arkansas Department of Education and have an ACT (or ACT equivalent) score of 19 or higher.

Application requirements for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – High School Seniors are:

  • Application form
  • FAFSA
Additional Information: The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship (ACS) program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Eligibility requirements for the Academic Challenge Scholarship are based on three student categories: Traditional (Incoming Freshman), Current Achievers (current college students) and Nontraditional Students. For complete program information visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) website. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education will notify each eligible applicant of his/her award. The award notice includes the student's name, address, social security number, the actual amount the student is eligible to receive, and the student's first institutional choice as indicated on the application form. The award notice also explains the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s disbursement procedures and conditions of the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Award Amount: Awards start at $1,000 annually for the first year of enrollment and go up each year that the student is enrolled in school. Full-time enrolled students will receive $4,000 for the second and third years, and $5,000 for the fourth year. Scholarships are automatically renewable for up to seven additional semesters providing the scholar completes 27 credit hours in the first academic year following high school graduation (12 hours fall, 15 hours spring), and 30 hours every year thereafter (15 hours per semester) AND maintains satisfactory academic progress (as defined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education). Awards are subject to available funding.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,506.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, July 1

Applications are available online from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) website. To access the application, students must first register for an account using the Arkansas Universal Financial Aid application System. Students must also file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. The application deadline is July 1 annually.
Contact: Margaret Baltz
Address: 423 Main St., Suite 400 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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