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    Top 35 Arkansas Scholarships in May 2024

    Written by Cece Gilmore

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    Updated: May 2nd, 2024

    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 attending school in the state. These scholarships include opportunities for high school, college, and graduate Arkies.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Regions Bank

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Regions Bank

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year? If so, you may be eligible for the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest! Each quarter, the contest awards $8,000 to the top four (4) applicants who submit an essay (500 words or less) or a video (3 minutes or less) about how someone they know has (1) inspired them and (2) given them the confidence to achieve their goals. The scholarship is offered four times a year, with deadlines every March, June, September, and December. Bear in mind that applicants must also reside in a state with Regions Bank full-service branches to apply. To find out whether or not your state is eligible, keep on reading. If it is, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship

    Offered by Southern Nursery Association

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Offered by Southern Nursery Association

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is offered to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate ornamental horticulture program or related discipline at…Show More

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is offered to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate ornamental horticulture program or related discipline at…Show More

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is offered to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate ornamental horticulture program or related discipline at a four-year institution, must be currently enrolled in good standing and must carry a full-time compliment of courses at time of application and during the semester the scholarship is granted. Also, student must be in a junior or senior standing at time of application in a four-year curriculum (having completed the first two years and at least two horticulture courses) or a graduate student standing in a horticultural masters or doctoral program. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Arkansas Nurses Foundation Scholarships

    Offered by Arkansas Nurses Foundation

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Arkansas Nurses Foundation

    Are you an Arkansas resident who holds an Arkansas Nursing license (LPN, RN, APRN) who will be pursuing a Bachelor or advanced nursing degree in…Show More

    Are you an Arkansas resident who holds an Arkansas Nursing license (LPN, RN, APRN) who will be pursuing a Bachelor or advanced nursing degree in…Show More

    Are you an Arkansas resident who holds an Arkansas Nursing license (LPN, RN, APRN) who will be pursuing a Bachelor or advanced nursing degree in any NLN CNEA or CCNE accredited nursing program? If so, you may be eligible for the Arkansas Nurses Foundation Scholarships! The foundation offers two types of scholarships: the Dorothea Funk Scholarship and the Mary Gray Scholarship. While both scholarships are open to Arkansas Registered Nurse seeking an Advanced Practice Nursing degree (Certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), the Dorothea Funk Scholarship specifically must be awarded to individuals pursuing community health nursing with demonstrated need. If you fit the criteria for either of these scholarships, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

    Offered by Arkansas Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Arkansas Department of Higher Education

    The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents who have been accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a…Show More

    The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents who have been accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a…Show More

    The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is open to Arkansas residents who have been accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree, qualified certificate, or a nursing school diploma. Applicants must have not previously earned a baccalaureate degree. Interested students should bear in mind that further eligibility requirements are based on two student categories: Traditional (Incoming Freshman) and Nontraditional Students. We recommend visiting the Arkansas' Department of Higher Education's website for additional eligibility criteria under the two categories. The application deadline is July 1 of a student's senior year in high school. Students can earn between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on their year in school. If you're an Arkansas resident looking for help funding your post-secondary education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship

    Offered by Arkansas Division of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth up to $800
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Arkansas Division of Higher Education

    Are you an Arkansas resident who has graduated high school or received high school equivalency and has received acceptance to an institution of higher education…Show More

    Are you an Arkansas resident who has graduated high school or received high school equivalency and has received acceptance to an institution of higher education…Show More

    Are you an Arkansas resident who has graduated high school or received high school equivalency and has received acceptance to an institution of higher education to study Industry, Healthcare, or Information Technology? If so, you may be eligible for the Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $800 to multiple Arkansas residents and incoming college students with a passion for Industry, Healthcare, or Information Technology. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $800
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

    Offered by Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

    Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a…Show More

    Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a…Show More

    Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a career in information and records management? If so, the Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 to multiple applicants enrolled in a four-year program or Graduate School and $1,000 to applicants enrolled in a two-year program. The number of scholarships awarded per school year will be determined by the Fund Trustees. If you're residing in the Southwest (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico) and are pursuing a degree/career in information and records management, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Elaine Chapin by providing financial support to students impacted by multiple sclerosis, whether directly or…Show More

    The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Elaine Chapin by providing financial support to students impacted by multiple sclerosis, whether directly or…Show More

    The Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Elaine Chapin by providing financial support to students impacted by multiple sclerosis, whether directly or as a family member. Applications are accepted from November 1st to April 30th, with scholarships up to $1,000 awarded to deserving students. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens who are currently or will soon be enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school within 300 miles of Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship Fund's St. Louis (Missouri) offices. Recipients will be chosen based on financial need, academic standing, and the impact of multiple sclerosis on their lives. If you're an eligible incoming or current post-secondary student whose life has been impacted by multiple sclerosis, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Jerry Morris and Summer Houston Scholarships

    Offered by Union Pacific Railroad Black Employee Network (BEN)

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Union Pacific Railroad Black Employee Network (BEN)

    Are you a Black/African resident of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas who is a current high school senior or college…Show More

    Are you a Black/African resident of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas who is a current high school senior or college…Show More

    Are you a Black/African resident of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas who is a current high school senior or college underclassman? If so, you may be eligible for the Jerry Morris and Summer Houston Scholarships! Each year, the scholarships award up to $2,000 to help assist multiple African American students in defraying the cost of higher education. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of scholastic ability and leadership, and should also be active in extracurricular school/community activities and demonstrate social awareness and involvement. If you're a Black, current or incoming college student from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, or Texas, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)

    Offered by LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc.

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc.

    Are you a current or incoming full-time university student in the U.S.? Further, are you of a Latine background and live near a participating LULAC…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming full-time university student in the U.S.? Further, are you of a Latine background and live near a participating LULAC…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming full-time university student in the U.S.? Further, are you of a Latine background and live near a participating LULAC council? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)! Each year, the fund awards between $250 and $2,000 to multiple applicants who submit a transcript, proof of enrollment, an essay, and complete an online application. The scholarship is funded by LNESC (LULAC National Education Service Center), “a financial aid and college admissions outreach program designed to assist low-income, high school student’s admission to college.” To find out whether you live in an eligible state, keep on reading. If you fit the criteria, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Cornerstone Charitable Scholarship Trust Scholarship

    Offered by Cornerstone Charitable Scholarship Trust

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Cornerstone Charitable Scholarship Trust

    Are you a Black/African-American high school graduate from Arkansas who is enrolled in or has been accepted to an accredited college, university, or vocational school?…Show More

    Are you a Black/African-American high school graduate from Arkansas who is enrolled in or has been accepted to an accredited college, university, or vocational school?…Show More

    Are you a Black/African-American high school graduate from Arkansas who is enrolled in or has been accepted to an accredited college, university, or vocational school? If so, you may be eligible for the Cornerstone Charitable Scholarship Trust Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple eligible Black/African current and incoming college students from Arkansas who demonstrate financial need and are between the ages of 17 and 25 years old. To apply, interested students must submit a completed Application Form, a copy of their Current Drivers License, a copy of their Social Security Card, their parents' and/or their own current tax returns, a copy of their most recent transcript, and an essay of 250 words or less regarding themselves, their achievements, and career goals. Applications must be received by March 30th of the calendar year preceding your expected college enrollment date. If you're a Black/African college student from Arkansas who fits these criteria, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship

    Offered by Southern Automotive Women's Forum

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Southern Automotive Women's Forum

    The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship is open to female postsecondary students who are pursuing a STEM degree and interested in a career in STEM.…Show More

    The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship is open to female postsecondary students who are pursuing a STEM degree and interested in a career in STEM.…Show More

    The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship is open to female postsecondary students who are pursuing a STEM degree and interested in a career in STEM. Applicants must be attending an institution in a southern state (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas or West Virginia), and are eligible to earn between $1,000 and $5,000 to go toward their education. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more, and get a headstart on your career.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    Are you a single parent residing in Arkansas or Bowie County, Texas who is attending or planning to attend an ASPSF approved school or training…Show More

    Are you a single parent residing in Arkansas or Bowie County, Texas who is attending or planning to attend an ASPSF approved school or training…Show More

    Are you a single parent residing in Arkansas or Bowie County, Texas who is attending or planning to attend an ASPSF approved school or training program? If so, you may be eligible for the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple eligible single parents from Arkansas or Bowie County, Texas who have graduated high school but not previously earned a bachelor’s degree. In addition, applicants must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA, have a household income that is typically not more than 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines, be attending or planning to attend an ASPSF approved school or training program, and be pursuing a degree or certification that leads to employment at family-supporting wages. If you're a single parent from Arkansas or Bowie County, Texas who could use some help affording college, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started
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    How to win Arkansas scholarships

    When it comes to winning Arkansas scholarships, start by taking note of the state’s diverse culture and natural beauty. Melodies of the Delta blues to the twangy beat of bluegrass, abound in Arkansas! Arkansas offers an abundance of natural wonders, including breathtaking mountains, clear lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Harness the power of these Arkansas beauties by sharing how they have created a passion for environmental preservation. Paint a picture of how determined you are to make a positive impact on nature by majoring in forestry, geology, or conservation.

    Scholarship application resources for Texas scholarships

    In order to win Arkansas scholarships you may have to write an essay about yourself. You can check out our Scholarships360 guides on how to write a 250 word essay, how to write a 500 word essay and how to write a scholarship resume to guide you through this process.

    Ultimately, the key to winning Arkansas scholarships is to embrace the unique aspects of Arkansas and let it shape your narrative. By merging your personal passions with the diverse nature of Arkansas, you will stand out as an impressive candidate for Arkansas scholarships. 

    Arkansas college loan debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, Arkansas residents owe $13.0 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing $33,333 on average (those numbers do not include private loans). 51.2% 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!

    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: $6,000 to $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: $15,000 – 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 to $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  up to $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 to $13,000 per year
    • Deadline: Considered upon admission to University of the Ozarks

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

    In-state tuition costs are often less than half of out-of-state tuition costs. This is because state public colleges are typically funded by tax dollars which come from residents of the state. Public universities offer in-state students a lesser rate to attend their college over out-of-state students.
    Here are a few well-known Arkansas universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs: 

    University of Arkansas

    • In-state tuition: $7,666
    • Out-of-state tuition: $25,420

    How do you get in-state tuition?

    It is clear that being an Arkansas resident significantly lowers Arkansas college tuition. So, you may be wondering, how do you get in-state tuition in Arkansas? In order to establish residency in Arkansas for in-state tuition, you must physically reside in Arkansas for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in college. Collect documents that prove your residency in Arkansas such as utility bills and rental agreements. Additionally, you should show intent to make Arkansas your permanent residence by obtaining an Arkansas driver’s license and/or registering your vehicle in Arkansas. 

    Overall, it is important to review the specific guidelines for establishing residency provided by the institution you plan to attend. 

    Does Arkansas have tuition reciprocity?

    While not as expansive as programs in other states, Arkansas does offer tuition reciprocity. Arkansas is a member state of the Academic Common Market, which is a limited regional reciprocity agreement among select Southern states. 

    Arkansas scholarship spotlight

    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: Up to $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 of either the Baptist or Christian faith
    • 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 and the college quiz
    • Amount: $1,000 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 up to $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. Must be the applicant’s first bachelor’s degree
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $5,000
    • Deadline: July 1 of each year

    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. As soon as they can, Arkansas students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

    Keep reading

    Scholarships are one of the best ways to lessen tuition costs. Students should consider applying for scholarships that are specifically designed for their unique demographic. Women, high school seniors and Black students can take advantage of specific scholarship opportunities. Some scholarships require essays and applications, but others are no-essay scholarships, making the application process easier. Remember, Scholarships360 is here to provide valuable resources for students throughout their educational journey! 

    Frequently asked questions about Arkansas scholarships

    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.

    Do I need to be an Arkansas resident to qualify for Arkansas scholarships?

    There are some scholarships that are open to non-Arkansas residents. However, many Arkansas scholarships require that applicants be Arkansas residents. Ultimately, make sure you are researching all scholarships and ensuring that you fit the eligibility requirements for them.

    What type of scholarships does Arkansas offer?

    Arkansas offers an abundance of different scholarships. These can include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and demographic scholarships.
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