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What is the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship?
The Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship (Governor’s Distinguished) is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered by ADHE. The scholarship pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year.
In addition to the general state requirements, students must also meet these criteria:
- ACT Score: 32+ OR
- SAT Score: 1410
- Final High School 3.5 GPA OR
- Be named National Merit Finalist or National Achievement Scholars
How much is the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship?
The Governor’s Distinguished is awarded up to $10,000 each academic year. It may only be applied to tuition, mandatory fees, and on-campus room and board.
How many hours are required for the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship?
A student must enroll in at least 15 credit hours each semester to receive the Governor’s Distinguished 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 final semester in which the student is completing their degree.
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. The Governor’s Distinguished cannot be applied to courses taken in the Summer term.
What is the renewal criteria for the Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship?
To renew the Governor’s Distinguished, a student must complete a total of 30 credit hours for the academic year with a cumulative 3.25 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.
The Governor’s Distinguished is renewable for up to 4 years.
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, the student may make up the hours in the Summer term; however, the student will be responsible to send an official transcript with the Summer coursework to ADHE by September 15.
For more information for the Arkansas Distinguished Scholarship, please review the ADHE overview at http://scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/governors-distinguished-scholarship.