Young Entrepreneur Awards

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded 2,095 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling $2,382,000.NFIB YEF

Students are encouraged to apply for our awards beginning October 1, 2012, and may apply until December 17, 2012.

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Financial Aid Programs | Rules and Applications

IMPORTANT NOTE: This information is current as of the date this site was updated and is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a compete description of the programs and their requirements. For complete information about a particular program, review the program’s rules and regulations which are available in pdf format for review, download, or printing. The eligibility requirements and rules governing the programs administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education are subject to legislative and regulatory amendments subsequent to the date this site was updated. Please e-mail the Financial Aid Division at if you should need further information.Please Note: Due to current economic conditions, awards for all ADHE programs may be limited by the availability of funds. Applicants are encouraged to apply but are also encouraged to pursue all sources of financial aid. See our links to other financial aid resources.
Scholarship Policies
Certain restrictions apply when receiving multiple scholarship awards. Read the Stacking policy for details.
ADHE Stacking Policy PDF
Program Deadlines
Governor’s Scholarship (includes Governor’s Distinguished Scholars) – February 1
All other ADHE programs – June 1
Frequently Asked Questions
Check here for answers to questions about our financial aid programs
Frequently Asked Questions PDF
Academic Challenge Scholarship
The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the 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. The application deadline is June 1.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations – Academic Challenge Part I – Initial awards before fall 2010 PDF
Rules and Regulations – Academic Challenge Part II – Initial awards fall 2010 and later PDF
Arkansas Smart Core (2010-13 high school graduates) PDF
Arkansas Smart Core (2014 and later high school graduates) PDF
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) WEB
Application WEB
Arkansas Health Education Grant (ARHEG)
Provides financial assistance to students seeking professional training in chiropractic medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine to allow them to attend out-of-state institutions.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Graduate Reporting Form PDF
Deferment Request Form PDF
Loan Forgiveness Voucher PDF
Application WEB
Ellen Carpenter HBCU Scholarship
The Ellen Carpenter HBCU Scholarship Program is named for Ms. Ellen Carpenter, a graduate of Philander Smith and a long-time education and community activist and is available for students attending one of the following participating Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College or the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The award amounts vary from $1000 to $5000 per year.
Application  (2012-13 funding is unceratain; application will be available if funded) PDF
Governor’s Scholars Program
Up to $4000 annually for graduating high school seniors based on academic achievement, test score and leadership. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship for those scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholar pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Opportunities Grant)
Provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Students must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Students also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas institution. Applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GO! Opportunities Grant application.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) WEB
Application WEB
Law Enforcement Officers’ Dependents Scholarship Program
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.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Military Dependents Scholarship Program
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 or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Out-Of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment  Program
The Out-of-State Veterinary Medical Education Loan Repayment program will assist with repayment of federal student loans for up to five (5) years for eligible veterinarians that attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and practice food supply veterinary medicine within the State of Arkansas.
Rules and Regulations PDF
Second Effort Scholarship
Up to $1000 annually to the individuals with the top 10 scores on the GED exam during the previous calendar year.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
State Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Offers loan repayment grants to current educators teaching in a subject or geographic shortage area in an Arkansas public school.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Subject Shortage Areas PDF
Geographic Shortage Areas PDF
Application WEB
Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors.
Overivew WEB
SURF Rules & Regulations PDF
Application Checklist PDF
Application PDF
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Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)
Offers reimbursement grants to current Arkansas teachers and administrators seeking to further their education. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for an academic year, not to exceed $3000.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Subject Shortage List PDF
Reimbursement Documentation Requirements PDF
Application WEB
Washington Center Scholarship
A program that awards scholarships of up to $6000 to Arkansas students who are accepted to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars located in Washington, D.C.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Application WEB
Workforce Improvement Grant
Awards up to $2000 annually to students at least 24 years old based on financial need. Students apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and awards are made by the institution the student attends. Students may be enrolled part time.
Overview WEB
Rules and Regulations PDF
Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) WEB
Application WEB

Scholarship Renewed  –  2012

Please update your scholarship data base.
The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.
To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at
Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.
Amount of award:   $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 5, 2012
Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:

NBSTSA Student Scholarship

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical First Assisting (NBSTSA) is committed to the advancement of surgical technology and surgical assisting, as well as the continuing education of individuals entering and working within the profession. The 2012 NBSTSA Scholarship Program is designed to assist students in pursuing their education via NBSTSA recognized surgical technology and surgical first assisting programs. The 2012 program includes $1000 (full) and $500 (partial) scholarship awards. Scholarships are awarded annually prior to the AST National Conference.

Link to program web site

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among what the American Legacy Foundation calls Priority Populations*. Priority populations are those populations who are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry, or who often lack the tools and resources to combat smoking in their communities.

The scholarship, named for founding Legacy board member, Dr. Alma S. Adams will award two $5,000 scholarships to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The awards will be granted on a competitive basis for the following: a) a record of commitment to community service on behalf of an underserved community, preferably related to tobacco prevention and/or control and b) the best use of the visual arts, media, creative writing or other creative endeavor to convey culturally appropriate health messages aimed at raising awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact.

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2012 until April 30, 2012. Awardees will be notified by June 29, 2012.

For more information, email:

Download writable application here (57 KB)

 ARK-LSAMP Program at UALR

New Scholars pic.JPG Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ARK-LSAMP) aims to increase the number of under-represented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas.

The scholarship is funded by the National Science Foundation and is a collaborative alliance of eight Arkansas institutions that have a goal of increasing the pool of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree graduates in STEM disciplines in Arkansas’ workforce.

We hope that you will be interested in our program.  Use this site to find the latest information.arship is complemented by an enrichment program and Summer Academy, a six-week program that offers the necessary skills and knowledge to pre-college high school graduates to help make a seamless transaction to college.

The University Science Scholars program at UALR

The University Science Scholars Program is a new scholarship and enrichment program at UALR. It is for outstanding students who have financial need and wish to major in biology, chemistry, and earth science.

We are funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and provide scholarships up to $10,000 per year. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years.

The scholarship part of the program is available to talented and financially-needy students. The enrichment part of the program is available to talented students who are funded by us or have other scholarships.

UCA Windgate Scholarship

The Windgate Scholarship is based on talent and financial need and can be worth up to $5,000 per semester for eight semesters. One scholarship will be awarded to begin in the 2012-2013 academic 

year. To be eligible, students must return the application form with the requested materials, plan to declare art as their major, and attend UCA in the fall 2012 semester.

If you have any questions about the form or the scholarship, feel free to contact me at(501) 450-3113 or by email at

Windgate Scholarship Application Form 

American Legion Coudret Trust Scholarships

The American Legion, Department of Arkansas, is offering (4) scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each, to be presented $1,000.00 per year for two years to eligible students.  SelecThe American Legiontions are based upon American spirit, character, leadership quality, scholastic endeavor, and basis of need.  Below is a list of the qualifications:
1.  Must be children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of American Legionnaires in good standing of two or more consecutive years membership.   Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Era veterans are exempt from the two-year membership requirement.  Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of deceased Legionnaires are also eligible.
2.  Must have received a high school diploma or the equivalent by the time this scholarship will be awarded or be a graduate of a two-year college from an Arkansas Institution.
3.  Coudret Trust Scholarship Application must be submitted by the student and endorsed by his or her parent or legal guardian.
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4.  Applicants must provide: One character reference in business letter format from an official of the student’s     school, one letter of endorsement from an American Legion officer (local preferred), and one from an unrelated person belonging to none of the above.
5.    A certified copy of the student’s transcript.
6.    A declaration of support for the Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion, as printed on the application.
7.    A Drug-Free Pledge is required as printed on the application.
8.    One photograph (approx 3×5) and written authorization to use it.  The photograph will be used for press releases.
9.    On a separate sheet of paper, using an essay format, provide a brief autobiography, career goals, and why you are the most qualified to receive this scholarship.
KFC Colonel’s Scholars
Application Open  12/1/2011 – 2/8/2012

KFC Colonel’s Scholars is looking for high school seniors with financial need and an entrepreneurial spirit to qualify for the KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program. Awards are up to $20,000 for tuition, fees, textbooks, room and board.

To qualify, graduating high school seniors must:

  • Earn a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Enroll in a public college or university within their state of legal residence
  • Plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate financial need
Accvepting online applications December 1, 2011 to February 8, 2012 at For questions, visit the website or call toll-free 1-866-KFC-7240

Now Accepting 2012 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Applications

Exceptional student leaders are invited to apply for the 2012 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program.  In honor of the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient).

Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of progress, both individually and for their communities.  Help put promising young leaders in the running for this prestigious award by:

  • Sharing this news with scholars who exemplify, inside and outside the classroom, President Reagan’s vision and destiny to lead and serve, and encouraging them to apply.  Download a program flyer.
  • Nominating an exemplary candidate for this award.  During the application process, applicants must be nominated by a community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or nonprofit executive, and each leader may nominate only one applicant.
  • Recommending a candidate for this award.  During the application process, applicants must be recommended by an authority figure who has observed them in a leadership role, such as a student activity advisor, community service coordinator, coach, employer, teacher, counselor or religious leader.

Applications for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted online until February 17, 2012.  Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online.  You may also follow us on Facebook.

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 5th year.
We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.
Scholarship Deadline   –  June 15, 2012
Application Process
Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:
Full details are available on our site.

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