The Academic Challenge Program provides educational assistance to Arkansas residents in pursuit of a higher education. Additional funding made possible by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, has allowed the expansion of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship to provide higher education opportunities to previously underserved Arkansans (both traditional & nontraditional students). The goal of the scholarship is to provide significant financial aid to those who qualify.
Eligibility requirements for the Academic Challenge Scholarship are based on two student categories: Traditional (Incoming Freshman) and Nontraditional Students. Application deadline is June 1.
Traditional Student (Incoming Freshman)
Continuing Eligibility Criteria for the Traditional Student (link is external) change to Renewal Criteria
Continuing Eligibility Criteria for the Nontraditional Student (link is external) change to Renewal Criteria
4-year University: graduated award schedule for full-time enrollment based on classification:
$1,000 Freshman, $4,000 Sophomore, $4,000 Junior, $5,000 Senior
2-year College (includes nursing schools): graduated award schedule for full-time enrollment based on classification:
$1,000 Freshman, $3,000 Sophomore
NOTE: Awards for non-traditional student awards will be prorated for part-time enrollment:
15 hours and up Full award
9-14 hours ¾ award
6-8 hours ½ award
*To access the YOUniversal Scholarship application and for complete program details please visit http://scholarships.adhe.edu/ or contact the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Financial Aid Department at the following:
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
114 East Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 1-800-54-STUDY or (501)371-2050
e-mail: finaidadhe.edu (finaidadhe.edu (link sends e-mail))
YOUniversal Scholarship Application
For more information about financial aid and its policies and procedures, contact the Southeast Arkansas College Financial Aid Office at (870) 543-5909.