Arkansas Governor's Scholars Program Scholarships

DEADLINE: The application deadline shall be established by the Department of Higher Education of the calendar year in which a student graduates from high school. At its discretion, the Department of Higher Education may extend the deadline, provide sufficient notice is provided to the public.

 

The Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Award (Governor’s Distinguished) is the most academically rigorous award program offered by ADHE. The award pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year.

 

The Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Award (Governor’s) is also academically rigorous award program offered by ADHE. The award pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $5,000 per year.

 

Who qualifies for Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarships?

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

  • ACT Score: 32+ OR
  • SAT Score: 1410

(The American College Test (ACT) scores and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores shall be earned by December 31 prior to the application deadline in order for the scores to be considered by the department for a scholarship award.)

AND

  • Final High School 3.5 GPA OR
  • Be selected as a finalist in either the National Merit Scholarship competition, the National Hispanic Recognition Program, or the National Achievement Scholarship competition.

 

How many hours are required for the Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarship?

A student must enroll in at least 15 credit hours each semester to receive the Governor’s Distinguished or Governor’s 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 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 for the scholarship to pay. The Governor’s Distinguished and Governor’s scholarships cannot be applied to courses taken in the summer term.

 

What is the renewal criteria for the Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarships?

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.

 

To renew the Governor’s scholarship, a student must complete a total of 30 credit hours for the academic year with a cumulative 3.0 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 scholarship 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 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 September 15.

 

For more information for the Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarship, please review the ADHE overview.