ARKANSAS STATE AID, Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) –Complete one application to determine eligibility for ALL ADHE scholarships listed below. Application deadline is June 1 unless noted otherwise. The application is available online at http://scholarships.adhe.edu/. Click Start. Students must also complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
ADHE Academic Challenge Scholarship (Non-traditional) - This scholarship is open to non-traditional students who are Arkansas residents. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and/or certain test scores to be eligible. This scholarship provides funds to full-time and part-time students enrolled in at least six (6) hours.
ADHE Academic Challenge Scholarship (Traditional) - This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors demonstrating academic achievement (ACT score of 19 and/or a grade point average of 2.5). It provides funds for full-time students and has specific enrollment requirement for full-time students.
ADHE AR Future Grant - This scholarship is a last dollar scholarship for students enrolled in approved STEM and high demand programs. Students may qualify for tuition and fees not covered by any other grants or scholarhsips. The approved list of programs may be found at www.scholarships.adhe.edu
ADHE Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors for outstanding academic achievement and leadership. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring either 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or those who are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholar. It pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. Applications must be submitted to ADHE by February 1.
ADHE Governor’s Scholars -This scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors for outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Applications must be submitted to ADHE by February 1.
ADHE Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship (LEO) - This scholarship is a waiver of tuition, fees, and room/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
ADHE Military Dependents Scholarship (MDS) - This scholarship is a waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed, were missing in action, were prisoners of war, or who are totally and permanently disabled.
ADHE State Teacher Education Program (STEP) - This scholarship provides assistance for eligible teachers with repayment of outstanding federal student loans. The program is available to Arkansas educators who graduated after April 1, 2004, have unpaid federal student loan balances, and teach in a geographic and/or subject shortage area or are minorities. Assistance may be granted for up to three years.
ADHE Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) - This award offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3,000.