Scholarship News

From the Counselor's Office

University of Arkansas Alumni Scholarship is now available!

The 2016 Arkansas Alumni Scholarship Application is now available for interested seniors planning to attend the U of A Fayetteville next fall.


The minimum criteria to apply:

  • Incoming freshman admitted as degree-seeking to the U of A
  • 3.6 cumulative high school GPA
  • ACT composite of 24


Please note that applicants DO NOT need to be related to a U of A graduate to apply.


The priority deadline is December 1, and I highly recommend that you meet this priority deadline. The final deadline is February 1.


Applications are available at www.arkansasalumni.org/FRscholarships. If you have any questions, please visit the website www.arkansasalumni.org/FRscholarshipFAQ. You can also contact the scholarship office at AlumniScholars@uark.edu.

FAQs about Academic and Privately Funded Scholarships

Do I need to wait until I take the ACT one more time before applying for academic or merit-based scholarships?

  • Go ahead and apply. You can always have your application file updated if you raise your ACT score.

  • Some colleges will award as applications come in, so if you wait, you may miss out on $$$.


What if I receive awards from more than one college, but I don’t know which college I will be attending in the fall?
  • Accept the scholarship(s) by the deadline.
  • If you decide to attend a different college, contact the college you are NOT attending ASAP to decline the offer.


Are foundation scholarships (or privately funded scholarships) renewable or one time awards?

Read the scholarship information . . . Each college typically offers privately funded scholarships, and all are different on eligibility requirements, award value, and whether or not it is renewable.


Should I send extra letters of recommendation, longer essay, or an Academic Resume if it is not required?

  • The scholarship committee has A LOT of application files to go through.

  • Sending extra information is not necessarily going to help your chances, and it may send the message that you can’t follow instructions.

Important to Note . . .

  • Verify that all documents have been received by the college or scholarship committee after you submit the application.
  • Be honest on your application.
  • Many scholarships require the FAFSA to be on file. The FAFSA application will be available starting January 1, 2016.

  • Pay attention to the scholarship renewal requirements:

    • A certain GPA may be required in order to renew.

    • You may be required to take a certain number of hours or be a "full-time student."

  • Some privately funded scholarships may not show up on your financial aid account until you are actually enrolled in classes for the fall.
  • Ask questions--College Financial Aid Office, College Representative, School Counselor--everyone is here to help you through this process.

Please let me know about all scholarship offers, even those you will decline. I just need a copy of the award letter or forward me the email or scanned document. My fax number is 513-6808 if that is easier. Thanks!

What NOT to do: Tip #4 for Students From College Admissions Professionals