About the Scholarship

The Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE) is responsible for the regulation of the state’s public - two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. The respective scholarship provided by them, named - Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for High School Seniors makes provision for the residents of Arkansas who're pursuing higher education. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for High School Seniors is partially funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and is considered as the most common form of state aid available to the residents of Arkansas.


How to Apply?

In order to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for High School Seniors. the applicant needs to fill the application available online on the official website of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE). 

In order to access the application, the applicant must initially register for an account through the Arkansas Universal Financial Aid application System.

In addition to this, The applicant must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Scholarship Amount

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education provides awards starting at $1000 per year, increasing constantly as the applicant goes through the respective program. the full-time enrolled applicants are bound to receive up to $4000 for the 2nd and 3rd years, followed by $5000 for the final year.

The Scholarship is renewable for up to 7 additional years, in case the applicant is able to complete 27 credit hours in the first year, and 30 credit hours in the following years. In addition, it is also required that the applicant has satisfactory academic progress.


Deadline Information

The deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for High School Seniors is on 1 July every year.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicants need to meet the following Eligibility criterion to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for High School Seniors:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • The applicant must be a resident of Arkansas.

  • The applicant must graduate from an Arkansas high school or receive a GED equivalent from the state of Arkansas.

  • The applicant must plan to attend an Arkansas college or university.

  • The applicant must plan to enroll full time in the future.

  • The applicant must successfully complete the Smart Core curriculum established by the Arkansas Department of Education and have an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (or the equivalent).

  • The applicant must be a U.S. student.


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