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*Check your college’s website for institutional and/or private scholarships available. You must be accepted for admission (YOU MUST FIRST APPLY!) to the college in order to get scholarships!
**Also check with your church and with your parents’ place of employment for scholarships they might offer. Nucor, for example, has an excellent scholarship, and Wal-Mart has in the past.
State of Arkansas Scholarships and Grants
Complete one online application (the YOUniversal application) for programs such as the Academic Challenge Scholarship, the Governor’s Scholars Program, the GO Opportunities Grant, and many other state-funded programs. Visit www.adhe.edu to create an account and apply. Deadlines vary, most are June 1. **Governor’s Scholars deadline is Feb. 1**
UALR Science Scholars program
Up to $5,000 per semester for students attending UALR majoring in biology, chemistry or earth science (geology). The UALR general academic scholarship application serves as the application for this program. Must have minimum 3.0 GPA and ACT of 24 or above. Must submit a personal essay and two letters of recommendation. Priority deadline is Feb. 1, but applications will be considered anytime. See Mrs. Hoskins for more information.
ARK-LSAMP (Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)
Minority students with GPA of 2.9 or higher and ACT of 19 or above, majoring in a STEM area (science, technology, engineering or math) and planning to attend UAPB, ASU, Philander Smith, Pulaski Tech, Southeast Ark. College, U of A, UALR, or UAM. Amount of stipend will be determined by the individual college (UALR awards $800 per semester, for a total of $6,400). Priority deadline is Feb. 1, but applications will be considered anytime. See Mrs. Hoskins for more information.
Life Lessons Scholarship (deceased parent or guardian)
Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent or guardian impacted their lives are eligible for $1,000 - $10,000 in scholarship money. Online applications accepted beginning in February, deadline will be mid-March. Go to http://www.lifehappens.org/scholarship-program-application
Denso Manufacturing Scholarship
For any Mississippi county senior, the award could range from $500 - $1,500, and is based on academic achievement and career goals. Must plan to attend college in Arkansas. Applications available in the counselor’s office and were emailed to all seniors. Deadline to apply is March 31.
Mandy Coats Memorial Scholarship
Must be an active member of a church, be of high moral character, exhibit a strong work ethic, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Personal essay required, and must have two references, and one must be from the pastor or minister of your church. Deadline is April 1. Applications available online: http://members.ahsaa.org/public/userfiles/Scholarship/Scholarship_Mandy_Coats_Application.pdf
State Farm Scholar-Athlete Program
A one-time award of $1,000 for student-athletes with at least 21 on the ACT and GPA of 3.5 or higher who demonstrate good citizenship and leadership traits. Deadline is March 28. Applications available online: http://members.ahsaa.org/public/userfiles/Scholarship/SFFORM17.pdf
R. Preston Woodruff $1,000 Scholarship -- RANDOM Drawing
Seniors planning to attend any college in Arkansas can apply online for a $1,000 random drawing scholarship from the Arkansas Student Loan Authority. Those students drawn as random winners can compete for a RENEWABLE $1000 scholarship by submitting an essay ($4,000 over 4 years). Deadline to enter is April 1. Apply online https://www.asla.info/scholarships
Arkansas School Plant Management Association
State-wide program for any senior, one-time award of at least $1,000, up to $5,000. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and scored 19 or higher on the ACT. Deadline is April 1. Paper applications available in the counselor’s office or online: http://www.theaaea.org/page/ASPMASchAwards