Arkansas Scholarships and Grants

Arkansas scholarships and grants help level the playing field when it comes to higher education. Even if you are cash poor, you can afford to attend college thanks to Arkansas scholarships and grants. The best part of Arkansas scholarships and grants is you don't have to pay them back!

Top Scholars with Financial Need

Are you a top scholar with a score of 19 or better on your ACT? Check out the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Academic Challenge Scholarship. Graduating high school seniors who complete the pre-college core curriculum with the required GPA may get up to $2,500 annually toward the cost of higher education. For more details, visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Academic Challenge Scholarship at http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_programs.aspx.

Outstanding Graduates

Do you a stellar student looking to attend an Arkansas college or university? A minimum of 75 of the best Arkansas students will receive money from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Governor's Scholars Program. The program rewards top students for their efforts and encourages them to attend an Arkansas institution of higher learning. For additional information, check out Arkansas Department of Higher Education Governor's Scholars Program at ADHE at http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_programs.aspx.

Dependents of Law Enforcement Officers

Are you considered a dependent of a law enforcement officer who was permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty? You may qualify for the Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers' (LEO) Dependents Scholarship. This eight semester scholarship can be used at any Arkansas state supported university, technical institute or university. Dependent children must be 23 years old or younger and spouses cannot be remarried. To get more info, visit The Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Dependents Scholarship at http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_leod.aspx.

Children of Deceased Service Members

Various scholarship amounts are awarded to students whose parents died in service to their community, state or nation. Recipients must be Arkansas students. The Arkansas Service Memorial Fund is based on leadership, academic merit and financial need. To obtain or send a scholarship applicaton,, mail to Arkansas Community Foundation, Attention: Arkansas Service Memorial Fund, 1400 W. Markham Street, Suite 206, Little Rock, AR 72201.

You can also download a scholarship application from the Arkansas Community Foundation at www.arcf.org which is submitted with a page describing your extracurricular activities and goals, your birth certificate, a current transcript, a letter verifying the circumstances of your parent's death and the death certificate. Visit the Arkansas Community Foundation at http://www.arcf.org/page12789.cfm for a frequently updated list of current scholarships.

Health Sciences Majors

Are you planning a career in the health sciences? The Florence Wood/Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association Scholarship awards $500 annually to a health sciences undergraduate or graduate student attending a college in Arkansas. Visit the American Occupational Therapy Foundation for info about the latest scholarships or address questions to Jeanne Cooper, AOTF Scholarship Program Coordinator, at email address Jcooper@aoft.org or phone (301) 652-6611, Extension 2550.

Actuarial Science Students

Are you interested in a career in casualty and actuarial science? If you want to break into this progressive field, you may qualify for a $2,000 award from the Casualty Actuaries of the Southeast Trust Scholarship Program. Students attending an Arkansas or certain other state colleges who are majoring in actuarial science are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eligible students attend an approved United States or Canadian college, have top scholastic achievement, strong mathematical aptitude, interest in the casualty actuarial profession and outstanding communication skills. Applicants must have also sat for a minimum of one exam.

Your complete Arkansas scholarship application includes an essay, 2 recommendation letters and your official transcript. Visit download 2010 CAS Trust Scholarship Program Application (http://www.casact.org/academic/CAStrustscholarship2010.pdf) to get started right away. For questions or to get more info, contact the CAS Trust Scholarship Coordinator (mthurgood@casact.org), Casualty Actuarial Society, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 250, Arlington, VA 22203, Phone: (703) 276-3100.

Journalism/Broadcasting Majors

Do you want to pursue a career in journalism or broadcasting? The Jim Elder Good Sport Fund awards $3,500 to a qualified Arkansas university junior or senior majoring in journalism/broadcasting. To find out more, visit Jim Elder Good Sport Fund at http://jimelder.org/?page_id=7 or contact Jim Elder Good Sport Fund, P.O. Box 444, Little Rock, AR 72203, (501) 766-6444, info@jimelder.org.