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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION (ADHE)

Statewide agency devoted to advocating for the improvement of higher education and access for Arkansas residents.
Phone: (501) 371-2000
Address: 423 Main Street, Suite 400 – Little Rock, AR 72201
Email: [email protected]

NOTE: Program availability and details change from time to time.
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Governor’s Scholars

Amount: $4,000
Awards per Year: Up to 300
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher enrolling full-time as an undergraduate.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
GPA: 3.6
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: Leadership capabilities must be demonstrated
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Nursing Student Loan Program

Amount: $5,000 forgiveness toward loans
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Students enrolled or enrolling at a nursing school, and hold a nursing license.
Majors/Fields of Study: Nursing
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: Must teach full-time in a nursing education program after completion of program in order to receive forgiveness.
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Academic Challenge Scholarship

Amount: Varies
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree, either graduating high school senior, current undergraduate, or student re-enrolling after time away from school.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: GPA must be kept at 2.5 or higher
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Washington Center Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $6,000
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Non-Renewable
Award Is Open To: Students participating in the internship program through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: GPA 2.7 or higher
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State Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Amount: Up to $3,000 forgiveness loan
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable up to 3 years
Award Is Open To: Teachers with valid Arkansas teaching license who are or plan to teach in Arkansas.  Teachers must teach a subject in which Arkansas has a shortage of teachers or in a rural area.
Majors/Fields of Study: Education
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: STEP recipient must re-apply each year
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Arkansas Health Education Grant Program (ARHEG)

Amount: Varies
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Students attending school outside the state in one of the specified areas of study at one of the participating schools.
Majors/Fields of Study: Dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, podiatric medicine, chiropractic medicine, or osteopathic medicine
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Out-of-state
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Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)

Amount: $1,000 (full-time) / $500 (part-time)
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Low-income students attending school at a post-secondary institution, earning a baccalaureate degree
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: Student must maintain 2.0 GPA or higher
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Law Enforcement Officers Dependents Scholarship

Amount: Full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Children or spouses of individuals who were killed or totally disabled as a result of their law-enforcement duties for the state of Arkansas working in the following areas: Law enforcement officers, Full-time or volunteer firefighters, Municipal police officers, Sheriffs or deputy sheriffs, Constables, Game Wardens, Certain Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department employees, State forestry employees engaged in fighting forest fires, State correction employees killed or due to contact with inmates or parolees, State park employees who are commission law enforcement officers or emergency response employees, Public school teachers
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: Must maintain GPA 2.0 or higher
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Military Dependents Scholarship Program (MDS) (aka MIA/KIA Dependents Scholarship)

Amount: Full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Graduating high school seniors entering a post-secondary institution or current undergrads seeking to complete their baccalaureate degree who are the dependent or spouse of an Arkansas resident who has been declared missing in action, killed in action, prisoner of war, or killed on ordnance delivery, or a veteran who has been declared to be 100% totally and permanently disabled during, or as a result of, active military service
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: Must maintain 2.0 GPA or higher
Contact: Phone (501) 54-STUDY / (501) 371-2050
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Second Effort Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,000
Awards per Year: 10
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Students with the top 10 scores on the Arkansas High School Diploma test (GED) that year
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
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Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Amount: $3,000 loan forgiveness
Awards per Year: 55
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Any student with 3.25 GPA or higher wishing to conduct in-depth research projects in student’s area of study
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: Must provide evidence of support from faculty mentor
Contact: Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 East Capitol, Little Rock AR 72201
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Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)

Amount: Up to $3,000 toward fees for 6 college credits
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Any teacher or administrator with current license from Arkansas Department of Education, working in Arkansas as a teacher or administrator and also enrolled in an approved institution of higher education student with 3.25 GPA or higher wishing to conduct in-depth research projects in student’s area of study
Majors/Fields of Study: Education
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
Application Requirements: 2.5 GPA or higher
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Workforce Improvement Grant

Amount: Up to $2,000
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Any student 24 or older returning to school who demonstrates financial need.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Arkansas
Student Attends School In: Arkansas
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