ADHE Scholarship/Grant Information
How to Apply
1. Complete the YOUniversal application – Click Here
2. Complete the FAFSA application
Program Deadlines: Governor’s Scholarship (including Distinguished) February 1st, June 1st for all other programs.
This information is current as of the date this site was updated and is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a complete description of the ADHE programs and their requirements. For complete information about a particular program, review the programs’s rules and regulations which are available in pdf format for review, download or printing. Please visit the ADHE Financial Aid Information page or contact ADHE’s Financial Aid department by calling 1-800-54-STUDY or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Challenge Scholarship
Basic Eligibility Criteria
- Arkansas resident
- Accepted for admissions 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.
- Have not earned a baccalaureate degree
- Completed the FAFSA application
- Not owe a refund on a federal or state financial aid grant for higher education
- Not in default on a federal or state student loan
- Not borrowed in excess of annual or aggregate student loan limits
- Not incarcerated at the time of application or while receiving awards
- Complied with the US Selective Service Requirement
- Certified drug free
Continuing Eligibility Criteria for Recipients Awarded Before Fall 2010:
Students who were awarded the ACS starting prior to the fall 2010 term must meet the following continuing eligibility requirements to have their scholarships renewed:
- Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA
- Complete 27 semester hours the first academic year and 30 semester hours each year thereafter.
Eligibility Requirements for Students Awarded Starting in Fall 2010:
Eligibility requirements for the Academic Challenge Scholarship are based on three student categories: Traditional (Incoming Freshman), Current Achievers and Non-traditional Students. See criteria below.
Students may qualify for the following award at a 4-year university. UAMS is considered a 4-year University.
Year of First Award
- 2010-11 $5,000
- 2011-12 $4,500
- 2012-13 $4,500
- 2013-14 $2,000 - 1st Year
- 2013-14 $3,000 – 2nd Year
- 2013-14 $4,000 – 3rd Year
- 2013-14 $5,000 – 4th Year
Awards for non-traditional students who are enrolled part-time (less than 15 hours) are prorated.
Enrollment is reported as of the 11th class day.
Governor’s Scholars Program
Up to $4,000 annually for graduating high school seniors based on academic achievement, test score and leadership. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship for those scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or national Achievements Scholar pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. The FAFSA is not required. For additional information on the Governor’s Scholarship programs, please visit the ADHE Financial Aid Information page or contact ADHE’s Financial Aid department by calling 1-800-54-STUDY or email email@example.com.
GO! Opportunities Grant
Provides $1,000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Students must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Students also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas institution. Applicants must complete the FAFSA and the GO! Opportunities Grant application. For additional information on the GO! Opportunities Grant, please visit the ADHE Financial Aid Information page or contact ADHE’s Financial Aid department by calling 1-800-54-STUDY or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Dependents Scholarship (MDS) Program
Waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at any public college, university or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. For additional information on the MDS Program, please visit the ADHE Financial Aid Information page or contact ADHE’s Financial Aid department by calling 1-800-54-STUDY or email email@example.com.
Workforce Improvement Grant
Awards up to $2,000 annually to students at least 24 years old based on financial need. Students apply using the FAFSA and awards are made by the institution the student attends. Students may be enrolled part time. For additional information on the Workforce Improvement Grant, please visit the ADHE Financial Aid Information page or contact ADHE’s Financial Aid department by calling 1-800-54-STUDY or email firstname.lastname@example.org.