Arkansas Academic Challenge II (Lottery) Scholarship This scholarship is open to high school seniors and nontraditional students. Applicants must be Arkansas residents. High school seniors who have completed the Smart Core Curriculum and have an over-all GPA of at least 2.5, OR a composite of at least 19 on the ACT (or equivalent) may apply. High school seniors who have not completed the Smart Core Curriculum must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 AND a composite of at least 19 on the ACT (or equivalent) OR a score of proficient or higher on end-of-course exams to apply. Non-traditional students who graduated from an Arkansas public high school must have a high school GPA of at least 2.5 OR a composite of at least 19 on the ACT (or equivalent) OR must have completed at least 12 college semester hours with a college GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must submit the FAFSA. The deadline for this scholarship is June 1st. For additional information visit the ADHE website @ http://scholarships.adhe.edu.
Arkansas Geographical Critical Needs Minority Scholarship Provides financial assistance to minority students attending any public or private institution of higher education in Arkansas with an approved teacher education program. Recipients must teach in the Arkansas Delta region after completion of licensure program. For more information, contact the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Education at (870) 575-8261 or its website at www.uapb.edu.
Career Pathways Career Pathways is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Qualified applicants must be a parent with children under the age of 21 living in your home; must be receiving Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) now, or have received TEA in the past; be receiving food stamps or Medicaid. For more information, contact Kim Rawls at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO! Opportunities Grant This scholarship is open to undergraduates accepted to an approved Arkansas institution. Applicants must be an Arkansas resident and must be full-time or part-time college students meeting income requirements. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Stu- dent Aid (FAFSA) application. The Go Opportunities Grant application deadlines are June 1st and November 1st.
Governor’s Scholars Program The Governor’s Scholars Program is designed to assist academically superior high school graduates in their undergraduate studies. The student’s financial need is not a factor; therefore, no FAFSA is required. Applications are available from high school counselors, the Financial Aid Office at Phillips Community College, and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 East Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201, (800) 54-STUDY.
Performing Arts Scholarships In addition to college academic scholarships, performing arts scholarships are awarded to talented students. Criteria for these scholarships and selection procedures are set by the specific departments making the awards. For additional information on these scholarships, contact the Director of Performing Arts.
Single Parent Scholarship (sponsored by Arkansas and Phillips County organizations) This provides financial assistance to single parents who are pursuing a course of instruction which will improve their income-earning potential. Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, utility bills, car maintenance, child care, etc. For more information contact: Helena-West Helena: http://www.aspsf.org/scholarships/find-your-county/phillips/; DeWitt Campus: Nia Rieves (870) 946-3506, ext. 1614 or http://www.aspsf.org/scholarships/find-your-county/arkansas/; Stuttgart Campus: Kim Kirby (870) 673-4201, ext. 1825.
STAR Forgivable Loan STAR provides forgivable loans to students seeking an initial teacher license who commit to teaching in designated subject and/or geographic shortage areas in Arkansas after completion of licensure requirements. STAR loans are $3,000 to $6,000 per academic year for a maximum of two to three years, depending on length of program. Recipients must teach in an Arkansas public school in a designated subject and/or geographic shortage area one year for each year of STAR funding received. Applications accepted February 1st to June 1st.
STAR Repayment Grant If funds are available, current teachers may receive assistance in repayment of federal students loans in the amount of $3,000 to $6,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Applicants must be licensed teachers who graduated from a teacher education program after April 1, 2004, and teach in an Arkansas public school in a designated subject and/or geographic shortage area. STAR Forgivable Loan recipients are not eligible to apply for a STAR Repayment Grant.
Workforce Improvement Grant (sponsored by Arkansas Department of Higher Education) To apply for the Workforce Improvement Grant (WIG), students must file the FAFSA by the appropriate deadline. The application deadline is July 15 of each calendar year, with a secondary deadline established by the institution to be instituted if funds remain available. Applicants must be twenty-four (24) years of age or older on or before the first day of the semester or summer session in which the WIG grant has been awarded and has been declared an independent student for federal financial aid purposes. The following eligibility criteria must also be met:
- Must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Must be a bona fide resident of the State of Arkansas.
- Must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) credit hours.
- Must not have a bachelor’s degree.
- Must meet the satisfactory academic prior standards required to receive other federal financial aid (i.e., Pell Grant, SEOG, Work-Study, and Stafford Loans).
- Must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the program rules and regulations.
- Must not owe a refund on a Pell Grant, SEOG or be in default on a student loan.