Arkansas Scholarships

Academic Challenge Scholarship - The Academic Challenge Scholarship is for Arkansas residents who are pursuing higher education. The scholarship is available to students just graduating from high school, enrolled in college or re-enrolling after a period out of college. 

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas Nurses Scholarship - The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas Nurses Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to veteran’s children in Arkansas who desire to study nursing. There is one $500 award each year.

Ann Burns Smith Scholarship Endowment - The Ann Burns Smith Scholarship is for alternative education students who reside in Arkansas. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be attending a college or university that is regionally accredited. The scholarship is for $500. 

AQHA Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship - The American Quarter Horse Association offers scholarships to their youth affiliate ambassadors who are youth leaders actively involved through their state affiliation. AQHA ambassadors from 19 states, including Alabama, are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Arkansas Chamber Singers Vocal/Choral Music Scholarship - Applicants must master the skills and acquire the knowledge necessary to bring high quality to choral music performances in Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Minority Grant Program - Financial assistance is available for students seeking professional training in chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine or veterinary medicine so that they may attend out-of-state institutions. The maximum grant is $5,000, and students must demonstrate financial need.

Arkansas Health Education Grant Program - The maximum grant is $5,000, and students must demonstrate financial need.

Arkansas High-Tech Scholarship - The Arkansas Hi-Tech Scholarship provides $250 per semester, $500 per year. 

Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Scholarship - Children, grandchildren, adopted children or stepchildren of any employee or member of the Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association may apply for a $1,000 scholarship.

Arkansas Service Memorial Scholarship- Assists children of Arkansas residents who died in service to the state, nation or local communities.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund - For single parents in Arkansas who are pursuing a course of instruction that will improve their earning potential.

ARNF Research Grant - Arkansas Nurses Foundation Research Grant provides scholarships nurses who are conducting a research project approved by an IRB in any regionally accredited institute of higher learning.

Art Porter Music Education Memorial Scholarship Program - Offers a $3,000.00 scholarship that is awarded over four years to a graduating senior.

AT&T War Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to a veteran of any branch of the Armed Forces who plans to attend a two- or four-year college or university in Arkansas.

Betty Black Hatchett Scholarship - For members of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Bird Dog Foundation Essay Contest - Offers a scholarship to promote wildlife conservation and related subjects. Through their College Scholarship Essay Contest, two high school seniors residing in Arkansas, Mississippi or Tennessee may qualify for a $1,500 scholarship.

Church’s Chicken Community Scholarship Program - Provides scholarships to students residing in 16 eligible states, including Arkansas, who plan to further their education. The maximum scholarship is $1,000, and there is one award.

Cornerstone Scholarship Charitable Trust - Disadvantaged high school students and post high school graduates throughout Arkansas who are under the age of 25 are eligible to apply for the Cornerstone Scholarship Charitable Trust.

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Scholarship - Students who are residents of Arkansas may apply for the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa Scholarship.

Florence Wood Scholarship - Students who are enrolled and have completed at least one year of occupational therapy specific courses in an AOTA accredited program or who are enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program may apply for the Florence Wood Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is available to Arkansas residents, and they must be seeking their first degree in occupational therapy.

Fred R. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship - For students who are enrolled ina baccalaureate or higher degree program. Preference is given to students enrolled in electronics, communications or related fields. The award is for $500.

Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship - An academically rigorous award offered to seniors who score a 32 or higher on the ACT or a 1410 or higher on the SAT. The award may be used for tuition, fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year.

Icy Lee Rainey Scholarship - Designed for non-traditional students who are mothers.

Law Enforcement Officers’ dependent Scholarship - Dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, highway and transportation employees and other public employees who were killed in the line of duty are eligible to apply for the Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependent Scholarship. 

Higher Education Opportunities Grant - Students who can demonstrate financial need may apply for the Higher Education Opportunities Grant for up to $1,000 for full-time and $500 for part-time studies.

Merwin T. and Agnes Bowman Nursing Scholarship - Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a qualified college or university or who is seeking to license as a Registered Nurse may apply for the Merwin T. and Agnes Bowman Nursing Scholarship.

Military Dependents Scholarship - Military dependents whose parent or spouse was killed in the line of duty can apply for the Military Dependents Scholarship. Parents and spouses who were prisoners of war, entirely or permanently disabled are also eligible to apply.

Murray T. Harris Allied Health Scholarship - The scholarship is provided to those who enter an underserved health profession in an effort to attract more candidates to those fields. It is a $1,000 scholarship. 

NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program - Students who plan to work directly with children may apply to the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) scholarship.  

NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarship - The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Foundation provides $3,500 scholarships to a student in each region of their organization.  

Poultry Federation Scholarship - The Poultry Federation offers scholarships to Arkansas students already attending college who are pursuing a degree in the poultry and egg business.  

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship - Applicants must be a member of the Presbyterian Church and have completed their first year of college. Awards are for up to $2,000 for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

Second Effort Scholarship - A scholarship is available for students with the top ten GED scores during the previous calendar year.

Sheffield Nelson University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School Fund - Arkansas residents who attend the University of Little Rock who are enrolled full-time in the law school may apply for the Sheffield Nelson Scholarship.

Teacher Opportunity Program - Grants are available for current Arkansas teachers and administrators who want to further their education. Teachers may be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses for up to six credit hours for an academic year, not to exceed $3,000.

NEWH | Houston Chapter Scholarship - For students attending an accredited college in Arkansas, Louisiana, or Southern Texas. Applicant must have completed at least half the requirements for a degree and must be pursuing a career objective in the Hospitality industry (Hotel/Restaurant management, Culinary, Food Service, Architecture, Design, etc.)

SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes - Amount: $500 - For high school seniors and college undergraduates with permanent residence in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Students can enter online or by mail once during each two week drawing period.

National Rice Month Scholarship - Amount: Up to $4,000 - For graduating high school seniors in rice-growing states (Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas). Applicant must create a video about U.S. rice, National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to their state.

C. Lamar Meek Memorial Scholarship - Amount: $1,500 - For students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the state of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma or Texas who have undertaken an investigation/research/outreach project in the area of medical and veterinary entomology.

Hagan Scholarships - Amount: Up to $5,000 each semester - For graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and from a rural area (a county with less than 50,000 people). Applicant must live in an eligible state (see website for details – Middle America) and demonstrate financial need.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest Scholarships - Amount: Up to $2,000 - For graduating high school seniors. Applicant must participate in a duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas to be considered for the award.

Curwen-Guidry-Blackburn Scholarship Fund - Amount: $750 - Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Texas. Applicant must currently be bowling in a USBC-sanctioned league and have bowled for three out of four years in high school.

CASE Scholarship Program - Amount: $1,500 - For college students who have sat for an actuarial exam and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must attend a college or university in one of the following Southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.

Arkansas Scholarships, Financial Aid and Education Resource

Financial Assistance for Arkansas Residents

State Department of Education
Arkansas Department of Education
Four State Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201-1071
Phone: (501) 682-4475

State Higher Education Agency
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201-3818
Phone: (501) 371-2000

Special Education Agency
Special Education Services
Arkansas State Department of Education
Victory Building, Suite 450
1401 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201-2936
Phone: (501) 682-4221

State Adult Education Agency
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Luther Hardin Building
Three Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201-1083
Phone: (501) 682-1500


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There are 101,778 full time students in the 48 colleges and universities of Arkansas

Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansas Northeastern College Blytheville, Arkansas
Arkansas State University Beebe Beebe, Arkansas
Arkansas State University Main Campus Jonesboro, Arkansas
Arkansas State University Mountain Home Mountain Home, Arkansas
Arkansas State University Newport Newport, Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas
Black River Technical College Pocahontas, Arkansas
Bryan University Rogers, Arkansas
Central Baptist College Conway, Arkansas
College of the Ouachitas Malvern, Arkansas
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas De Queen, Arkansas
Crowley's Ridge College Paragould, Arkansas
East Arkansas Community College Forrest City, Arkansas
Ecclesia College Springdale, Arkansas
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas
Henderson State University Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas
John Brown University Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Lyon College Batesville, Arkansas
Mid South Community College West Memphis, Arkansas
National Park Community College Hot Springs, Arkansas
North Arkansas College Harrison, Arkansas
NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville, Arkansas
Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Ozarka College Melbourne, Arkansas
Philander Smith College Little Rock, Arkansas
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena, Arkansas
Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, Arkansas
Remington College Little Rock Campus Little Rock, Arkansas
Rich Mountain Community College Mena, Arkansas
South Arkansas Community College El Dorado, Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, Arkansas
Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas

University of Arkansas Community College Batesville Batesville, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community College Hope Hope, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton Morrilton, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
University of Phoenix Little Rock Campus Little Rock, Arkansas
University of Phoenix Northwest Arkansas Campus Rogers, Arkansas
University of the Ozarks Clarksville, Arkansas
Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge, Arkansas