Academic Challenge Scholarships

The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.

Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 01, 2015


Complete Smart Core and 2.5 GPA or 19 ACT or ACT equivalent score to qualify, FAFSA Required.

Other Information:

Academic Challenge Award Amounts

Year First Awarded 4 Year School 2 Year School
2010-11 $5000 $2500
2011-12 $4500 $2250
2012-13 $4500 $2250
2013-14 $2000 (1st year) $2000
2013-14 $3000 (2nd year) $2000
2013-14 $4000 (3rd year) $2000
2013-14 $5000 (4th year) $2000

Students who are initially awarded the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship for the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 academic years will be awarded on a graduated schedule that is identical to 2013-2014.

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Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant)

Provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Student must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Student also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas institution. Applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GO! Opportunities Grant application.

Scholarship Deadline to Apply:

June 01, 2015


Must meet income requirements, FAFSA Required.

Award Amount:

Up to $500 per semester

Overview > Rules and Regulations>Application

Scholarships for High School Seniors

It’s probably the first question on the mind of any high school senior. Where am I going to college? Today students are bombarded with details and reasons as to why and how a college education will help them, and with college comes tuition – a parent’s worst nightmare. Luckily, there are literally thousands of easy scholarships out there for potential college students. Some are worth a few hundred dollars, and some of the more lucrative scholarships can be worth tens of thousands of dollars, or maybe even a full ride. You just have to be willing to do a little searching, and in most cases, a little bit of work as well.

Here are just a few examples of what’s out there:

Army ROTC Scholarships – Full Ride That’s right, the Army will be more than willing to pay your way through school, and even give you a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant upon successful completion of your fourth year in the program. This program is available at countless universities and colleges across the United States, and is about as close as any student can come to a “sure thing” when it comes to full ride scholarships. For more information, visit their site above.

Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship – $5,000 This scholarship is open to high school seniors as well as first-year college students, as long as you’re under 25 and live in the U.S. or Canada. The scholarship is predicated on you submitting a 1,000 word essay on the following topic: “Why is a healthy lifestyle important in school?” as well as a second essay of no more than 500 words in which you describe your personal goals, career plans, and any other ambition you may have.

Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Award – $5,000 This award is open to students just after enrollment at an accredited college or university, and focuses on students who dedicate their time to “social and philanthropic” activities. Just become a member of the foundation (it’s free) and have a member of your educational institution or a non-profit organization nominate you.

Edison Scholars Program – $2,500/year (renewable for four years) The Edison Program is available to any high school senior with a GPA of 2.8 or higher, who is also planning to study and major in one of the following areas: math, physics, chemistry, engineering (electrical, computer, chemical, or mechanical), materials science, or computer science/information systems.

U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program – Award varies Applicants for this program must fulfill two criteria: 1) be a member of the USAF and 2) be a U.S. citizen. If you’re in the service and looking for that leg up, maybe to get a boost in pay, or move on to something bigger and more challenging, then this is definitely a scholarship program you need to look into.

This list is by no means comprehensive, and in order to really see what’s out there you’ll have to go do your own research. One of the best tools on the web will actually track your academic progress in high school (as well as other areas such as extracurricular activities, etc.) and tell you what scholarships are out there that best cater to your individual preferences and abilities. It can be accessed at, and after making a small account (it’s free), you can begin searching thousands upon thousands of scholarships. Good luck!