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Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

DEADLINE: JULY 1

OPENS: OCTOBER 1

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship (Arkansas Challenge) provides assistance to Arkansas residents pursing a higher education and is partially funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and is the most common form of state aid available. There is a traditional and non-traditional Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

Who qualifies?

In addition to the general state requirements, students must also meet one of these criteria:

  • Any Arkansas high school graduate with a final GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Any Arkansas resident
    • with an ACT score of 19 or higher OR
    • who has earned at least 12 college credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

NOTE: Students with college credit must submit an official transcript from each college attended.

How much is the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship?

Arkansas Challenge is a graduated scale award:

  • First Year: $1,000 or $500 each semester
  • Second Year: $4,000 or $2,000 each semester
  • Third Year: $4,000 or $2,000 each semester
  • Fourth Year: $5,000 or $2,500 each semester

NOTE: These awards are based on semester payments. So a student who receives their first semester payment in the “First Year” and the second semester payment in their “Second Year” would still have two equal payments of $500 each semester. The semester payment will not increase just because a student changes in grade level.

NOTE: For first-time entering freshman who have earned college credit while attending high school (concurrent enrollment), those students may choose to start at the higher level based upon their earned college credit (concurrent) and forego the first semester scholarship, or they may choose to enter as a first-time entering freshman at the $1,000 annual level, not using the earned college credit (concurrent). Please contact ADHE for more information.

What is the difference between the Traditional and Non-Traditional Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships?

The Traditional Arkansas Challenge is for graduating seniors who are entering into college in the same year.

The Non-Traditional Arkansas Challenge is for any student who graduated from high school more than a year prior to completing the YOUniversal Application. This includes students who do not start college directly after high school completion or currently enrolled college students.

How many hours are required for the Traditional Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship?

A student must enroll in at least 15 credit hours each semester to receive the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship for that semester. The only exceptions include the student’s first semester in which the student is required to enroll in at least 12 hours and the student’s 7 th and 8 th semester on scholarship.

Hours taken during the 7 th or 8 th semester on scholarship, can enroll in less than the required 15 hours, however, the award amount will pro-rate as follows:

  • 15+ credit hours = full award;
  • 9-14 credit hours = ¾ award;
  • 6-8 credit hours = ½ award
  • 1-5 credit hours = no award

NOTE: Even if a student is graduating with a Bachelor’s degree at the end of a semester, the student must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to receive challenge funds.

Applies to both Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenge recipients.

NOTE: Even if a student takes extra hours in the fall semester, the student must still be enrolled in at least 15 credit hours in the spring semester for the award to pay. The Arkansas Academic Challenge cannot be applied to courses taken in the summer term.

What is the renewal criteria for the Traditional Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship?

To renew the Traditional Arkansas Challenge, a student must complete a total of 30 credit hours for the academic year with a cumulative 2.5 GPA for all college courses. The only exception is for the student’s first academic year; they are only required to complete a total of 27 credit hours.

NOTE: Renewal criteria is separate from semester criteria. If a student is unable to complete 30 credit hours for the academic year due to course failure or withdrawal, the student may make up the hours in the summer term; however, the student will be responsible to request from Registrar an official transcript with the summer coursework be sent to ADHE by October 1 st .

How many hours are required for the Non-Traditional Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship?

A student must enroll in at least 6 credit hours each semester to receive the Non-Traditional Arkansas Challenge for that semester; however, the Non-Traditional Arkansas Challenge is prorated based on enrollment.

  • 15+ credit hours = Full semester award
  • 9-14 credit hours = ¾ semester award
  • 6-8 credit hours = ½ semester award
  • Less than 6 credit hours = no award

What is the renewal criteria for the Non-Traditional Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship?

To renew the Non-Traditional Arkansas Challenge, a student must complete the number of credit hours for which the student was awarded with a cumulative 2.5 GPA for all college courses. This means if a student is awarded for 15 hours for the fall and 12 hours for the spring, the student must complete at least 24 credit hours (15 credit hours’ full award + 9-14 credit hours ¾ award) to renew the Non-Traditional Arkansas Challenge scholarship for the following year.

NOTE: If a student is unable to complete courses due to course failure or withdrawal, the student may make up the hours in the summer term; however, the student will be responsible to request from Records an official transcript with the summer coursework be sent to ADHE by October 1 st .

Do I have to apply every year?

No. Once you are awarded the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship the award will automatically renew as long as you meet the renewal criteria. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years.

For more information for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, please review the ADHE overview.

Application for arkansas lottery scholarship Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship DEADLINE: JULY 1 OPENS: OCTOBER 1 The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship (Arkansas

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

General Information

Important Note: The following information is intended as a general overview of the program for those who are applying, or who are considering applying, for the scholarship, and is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation of program requirements. For complete information please refer to the program’s rules and regulations.

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.

Arkansas Scholarship Stacking Law

Application Deadline

Application deadline is July 1 of student’s senior year in high school.

Arkansas Academic Challenge Award Amounts

Students who were originally awarded prior to the 2016-17 school year are awarded at the following rates:

Four Year College Two Year College
Year 1 $2000 $2000
Year 2 $3000 $2000
Year 3 $4000
Year 4 $5000

Starting with the 2016-17 school year students are awarded at the following rates:

Year 1 $1000 $1000
Year 2 $4000 $3000
Year 3 $4000
Year 4 $5000

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship are based on two student categories: Traditional (Incoming Freshman) and Nontraditional Students.

Basic Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must:

  • Be an Arkansas resident (at least 12 months prior to enrollment) and US citizen/lawful permanent resident
  • Be accepted for admission at an approved institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree, qualified certificate or a nursing school diploma
  • Not have earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (although there is no maximum income)
  • Not owe a refund on a federal or state student financial aid grant for higher education
  • Not be in default on a federal or state student financial aid loan for higher education
  • Not borrowed in excess of annual federal loan limits
  • Not be incarcerated at the time of application for or during the time the applicant receives the scholarship
  • Complied with the United States Selective Service System requirements for registration
  • Certify to be drug free

Additional Eligibility Criteria for the Traditional Student:

  • Enroll full-time each semester (Fall and Spring) – 12 hours the fall semester immediately following high school graduation and 15 hours each semester thereafter. Students must enroll in required hours at one institution.
    • Students who complete their bachelors degree at the end of a term may be enrolled in less than 15 hours and still be awarded a prorated award amount based on their hours
  • Students who graduate after 2010 must also meet the following:
  1. Graduate from an Arkansas public high school and has a minimum composite or superscore of nineteen (19) on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent test
  2. Applicant who has a disability identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,20U.S.C.§ 1400 et seq., as it existed on July 1, 2009, and graduated from an Arkansas public high school, and:
    • Achieve a minimum composite or superscore of nineteen (19) on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent
  3. Graduate from a private or out-of-state or home school high school and achieve a minimum composite or superscore of nineteen (19) on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent.
  4. Students who are enrolled as a full-time, first-time freshman but not receiving the Arkansas Academic Challenge will also be considered Traditional if they meet the following:
    • Succesfully completed at least twenty-seven (27) semester hours in the academic year immediately following high school graduation; and
    • Achieved a postsecondary grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scaleas a full-time, first–time freshman.

Request to Forfeit Freshman Award Amount

If you are an Arkansas high school senior who has/will earn 27 college credit hours or more prior to beginning college in the Fall (after your senior year), you may be eligible to request an increase in Arkansas Academic Challenge funding from the freshmen level to the sophomore/junior level. By receiving the higher level, you agree to forfeit the first semesters of eligible funding of Arkansas Academic Challenge. Requests to forfeit the freshman award amount are due by July 1.

Request to Forfeit Freshman Award Amount Form

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

SPECIAL EXCEPTION FOR COVID-19: If you were enrolled in the required number of hours on MARCH 20, 2020, you meet continued eligibility criteria for Fall 2020 semester. This means, you must have earned the correct number of hours in the FALL 2019 semester. If you compensated for fewer hours in Fall 2019 by enrolling in extra hours during the Spring 2020 semester and were still enrolled in the required hours (plus the make-up hours) on March 20, 2020, you have met eligibility. If you were not enrolled in the required hours in Fall 2019 and planned to make up those hours in the Summer 2020 term, you will need to enroll in the correct number of deficient hours for the summer to maintain eligibility.

  1. Maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA
  2. Complete 27 semester hours the first academic year and 30 semester hours each year thereafter
  3. Complete all remedial courses during the first 30 hours taken after receipt of the scholarship
  4. Be continuously enrolled unless student request for scholarship to be placed on hold (Maximum hold of 4 semesters)
  5. Shall enroll in courses that lead toward a baccalaureate degree after:
    • Earning an Associates Degree; or
    • Having less than four semesters of funding left.
  6. Will be renewed until recipient first:
    • Earns a Baccalaureate degree
    • Attempts a total of 130 semester hours in 8 semesters
    • Starting with 2016 awardees, students will be renewed until the student attempts a total of 120 semester hours, or receives 8 semesters of funding, whichever comes first.
      NOTE: If the recipient’s undergraduate degree requires additional hours, ADHE in conjunction with the student’s institution, shall determine the maximum period of time for renewal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria for the Nontraditional Student:

  • Enroll full-time or part-time each semester (Fall and Spring) – Full-time = 15 hours, Part-time = at least 6 hours
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
  1. If the applicant has not been enrolled in an approved institution of higher education, has either
    • Graduated from an Arkansas public high school and achieved a 2.5 high school grade point average; or
    • Graduated from an Arkansas public high school, a private high school, an out-of- state high school, a home school high school, or obtained a high school equivalency diploma approved by the Division of Career and Technical Education and had a minimum composite score of nineteen (19) on the ACT or the equivalent score on an ACT equivalent; or
  2. If the applicant has been enrolled in an approved institution of higher education, has earned a postsecondary grade point average of at least 2.5 in completed courses.

Continuing Eligibility Criteria

  1. Maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA (will be evaluated at the end of each Spring term)
  2. Complete 15 hours each consecutive semester for full-time and complete at least 6 semester hours for part-time (excluding summer terms)
  3. Be continuously enrolled unless student request for scholarship to be placed on hold (Maximum hold of 4 semesters)
  4. Shall enroll in courses that lead toward a baccalaureate degree after:
  • Earning an Associates Degree; or
  • Having less than four semesters of funding left.

5. Will be renewed until recipient first:

  • Earns a Baccalaureate degree
  • Attempts a total of 130 semester hours in 8 semesters (full time) or up to 16 semesters (part-time)
  • Starting with 2016 awardees, students will be renewed until the student attempts a total of 120 semester hours, receives 8 semesters of funding or the student earns a Baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.
    NOTE: If the recipient’s undergraduate degree requires additional hours, ADHE in conjunction with the student’s institution, shall determine the maximum period of time for renewal.
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