Scholarships and Web Resources
FASTWEB--In just 6 easy steps you create your own "mailbox" where scholarship opportunities will be shown to you based on your personal qualifications. Award sizes vary from $100 - $10,000.
FINAID--In just 6 easy steps you create your own "mailbox" where scholarship opportunities will be shown to you based on your personal qualifications. Award sizes vary from $100 - $10,000.
U.S. Department of Education--This website features guides on federal grants, loans (including Direct Loan Program and work-study programs) to enable students to attend college. Also contained here is information for financial Aid Professionals.
Federal Student Aid Publications--Up-to-date information on the Federal Student Aid program for students and parents.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education—this web site provides up-to-date information about state grants and scholarships for students and parents.
Abbott Scholarship – authorized by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation. Students must be enrolled full-time with
at least a 2.50 GPA. Preference is given to Pine Bluff residents or nearby communities. The deadline for this scholarship
is March 21. The Abbott Scholarship application may be completed online at www.ARCF.ORG/PINEBLUFF. Follow the on screen instructions and set up an account. This will allow you to apply for any of the scholarships for which you are qualified.
Academic Allstar Scholarship - This is a prestigious scholarship for students planning to transfer to a four year university within the state of Arkansas. It provides transfer scholarships of varying amounts and is recognized by most state university. The attached documents provide information on the scholarship requirements. Two letters of recommendation from college officials (professor, club sponsor, etc.). Please be sure to read instructions carefully and fully complete each form. Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April, 4 2014. Return completed application packets in to the Vice President for Student Services Office located in the Student Services Building.
American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division Scholarship — awarding college scholarships to young cancer
survivors pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, community college or vocational/technical
school. The application deadline is February 1, and packets are mailed to students upon request. For more information,
contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship — authorized by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. High
School seniors demonstrating financial need and academic achievement (ACT score of 19 and a grade point average of
2.50 in the pre-collegiate core course curriculum) may apply to ADHE before June 1. Applications are available online at
www.adhe.edu/aidprograms.html or by phoning 1-800-54-STUDY.
Arkansas Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities - authorized and administered by the State of
Arkansas. The scholarship is offered to outstanding disabled Arkansans. Scholarship information may be found at http://www.ace.arkansas.gov.
Arkansas High-Tech Scholarship — awarded to selected students enrolled in eligible postsecondary technical programs.
Preference is given to graduating high school seniors that are Arkansas residents and US citizens. Applicants must have
a minimum 2.5 GPA and ACT composite score of 19 or above. The application deadline is July 1. Additional information
may be found at http://dwe.arkansas.gov or by visiting the College’s Financial Aid Office.
Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship — waiver of tuition, fees, and room 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. For additional information, go online at http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_programs.aspx or phone 1-800-54-STUDY.
Arkansas Military Dependents Scholarship — 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. Additional information and application materials may be
found online at http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_programs.aspx
Arkansas Minority Teacher Scholarship - This scholarship provides financial support for African American, Hispanic-
American, Asian-American, and Native American students who will be attending a public or private institution of higher
education in the state of Arkansas with an approved teacher education program. Participating scholars may receive up to
$1,500 per academic year for full attendance or up to $750 for part-time attendance. Information may be found online at
Arkansas Technical Careers Student Loan Forgiveness Program) - authorized and administered by the Arkansas
Department of Workforce Education. Eligible students enrolled in a designated high-demand technical field and planning
to work full-time in Arkansas may apply for this program. Additional information may be found at http://dwe.arkansas.gov/,
by phoning (501) 682-1500 or by visiting the College Financial Aid Office. A student must file an “Intent to Apply” form as soon
as a major is declared. Students may apply for loan forgiveness of up to $2,500 per year and a total maximum of $10,000.
Governor's Scholars — authorized by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Scholarships are awarded to
graduating high school seniors for outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Applications must be submitted to
ADHE by February 1. Additional information may be found at http://gs.adhe.edu/ or by phoning the Arkansas Department
of Higher Education at 1-800-547-8839.
Miss Arkansas Pageant Scholarship – available to the winner and first and second runners-up in the Miss Arkansas
Pageant. The winner’s scholarship is $750 per semester for two years. The first and second runners-up to the crown will
receive $750 for two semesters.
Potlatch Undergraduate Scholarship Program — available for students living within 30 miles of certain Potlatch facilities
and pursuing a two-year or four-year program of study leading to degree. Applications may be requested from the SEARK
College Financial Aid Office or by e-mail at foundationpotlatchcorp [dot] com. The deadline for the scholarship is February
SEARK College Academic Scholars Scholarship – will be awarded to a selected number of graduating seniors from
Dollarway High School, Pine Bluff High School, Watson Chapel High School, or White Hall High School who have
completed the high school core curriculum within eight, consecutive semesters, have made a commitment to attend
SEARK College as a full-time student during the upcoming fall semester, and meets certain other eligibility criteria. This is
a one-year scholarship that is renewable on a semester basis. For complete scholarship details and/or a scholarship
application, please contact the SEARK College Admissions Office. The deadline for this scholarship is April 30.
SEARK College Age Exempt Tuition Waiver — Arkansas residents who are 60 years of age and older are entitled to
attend college credit classes at SEARK College and other state colleges and universities without a tuition charge. Proof of
age must be presented to the Registrar at the time of registration. This waiver is for tuition only and does not apply to noncredit
classes, assessment fees, books, or any other fee collected by the College.
SEARK College Manufacturing Scholarship - The Jefferson County Manufacturing Council established a tuition
scholarship at SEARK College to encourage study in the manufacturing field. The purpose of the scholarship is to foster
the development of a better-qualified applicant base for local manufacturers. Each of the ten participating companies has
agreed to fund at least one scholarship for a manufacturing-related course. For additional information, see the College
Financial Aid Office.
SEARK College Non-Traditional Student Scholarship —The Board of Trustees of Southeast Arkansas College has established a tuition scholarship program which permits a scholarship for a limited number of deserving students, 25 years of age and older, who reside within the College's six-county service area (Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, and Lincoln). This academic scholarship is valid for full-time (minimum12 semester credit hours) enrollment in a one-year technical certificate program, or a two-year associate degree program. This scholarship covers the cost of tuition (not including fees) up to 15 hours per semester and may not be used with other assistance if the assistance is designated as tuition only. Applications for the 2013 Fall Semester are due by June 28, 2013.
SEARK College Trustee Scholarship — available for High School graduates in the College’s service area including,
Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln counties. Applications may be obtained from the High School
Counselor's office or the Counselor's Office at the College. Scholarship may be used a maximum of four consecutive
regular semesters, not including summer. Student must maintain a 2.50 GPA and successfully complete 12 credit hours
each semester. The deadline for this scholarship is April 30.
Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker Scholarships — administered by the Arkansas Department of Vocational
Education. Homemakers and single parents may receive career development, counseling, and educational services free
of charge. Contact ACCESS in Pine Bluff at (870) 535-1302 for more information.
Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) – administered through the Arkansas Employment Security Department. Assistance
through this source is a benefit for workers who lose jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of
increased imports. TAA includes a variety of benefits and reemployment services to help unemployed workers prepare for
and obtain suitable employment.
UAPB/SEARK College Transfer Student Scholarship – The Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration
with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas College, will award a scholarship in the amount of
$4,000 to a graduating SEARK College student who is transferring to UAPB. This scholarship was awarded the first time
for the 2003 Fall Semester. This academic scholarship will be awarded to a current, full-time student who is completing
his/her Associate of Arts Degree in the academic transfer program and who has been accepted as a full-time student at
UAPB for the fall semester. The scholarship is renewable on a semester basis at the rate of $1,000 per semester for four
West Pine Bluff Rotary Club Scholarship — is awarded by the Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff in the amount of $500.00
to a deserving SEARK College student. This academic scholarship is awarded to a current student and is valid for full-time
enrollment (minimum 12 semester credit hours) in a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree technical career
program or an Associate of Arts Degree academic transfer program. The deadline for this scholarship is August 1 at 1:00
James and Maude Ryburn Memorial Scholarship - The scholarship may be used for valid school related expenses to further the recipient’s education at SEARK College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Recipients will attend SEARK College as an enrolled full-time student (traditional or nontraditional). Preference will be given to students residing in the SEARK College service area that includes Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln counties. Recipient must have a high school diploma or GED and a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above and an ACT score of 19 (or the equivalent COMPASS Score). Financial need, community leadership, and potential to succeed are the primary factors considered, although none shall be a determining factor.
W. E. and Diane Ayres Scholarship - The scholarship may be used for valid school related expenses to further the recipient’s education at SEARK College, Pine Bluff Arkansas. Recipients will attend SEARK College as an enrolled full-time or part-time student in the next fall semester. Preference will be given to nontraditional students residing in the SEARK College service area that includes Jefferson, Cleveland, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln counties. Recipient must have a high school diploma or GED and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above. Financial need, community leadership, and potential to succeed are the primary factors considered, although none shall be a determining factor.
AASFAA Scholarship - The Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) will award at least two $500 scholarships to Arkansas students planning to attend member institutions. These are non-renewable awards. Scholarship winners must be enrolled at least half time in the upcoming fall semester in a program that leads to a college degree or certificate at an AASFAA member institution. All applications must be postmarked by April 1 of each year. Any application postmarked after that date will not be considered. Limit one entry per person. Winners will be selected at a random drawing during the spring AASFAA Conference.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) – administered by the Workforce Center. Arkansas Workforce Centers provide locally developed
and operated services linking employers and jobseekers through a statewide delivery system. Convenient "onestop"
centers are designed to eliminate the need to visit different locations. This program may also provide assistance for
retraining in areas that are in high demand. For more information, check with the local Arkansas Work Force Center or
online at www.arworks.org .
Outside Sources — Outside sources include business and industry scholarships offered to employees or individuals
associated with that business or industry. Southeast Arkansas College will process these once official documentation from
the sponsoring organization is presented to the Financial Aid Office. Students should consult sources such as local
newspapers, employers, libraries and public agencies for information about additional scholarship opportunities.