The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship
Seniors who have an ACT score of at least a 19 are eligible. Go to and click on the YOUniversal Application box.  You must apply by June 1st, and your FAFSA must be submitted by June 1st to be eligible.  The Challenge is funded by the Arkansas Lottery and is worth $14,000 for a four year school with a $1,000 disbursement the first year, $4,000 the second and third years, and $5,000 the fourth year.  For a two year college the scholarship is worth four thousand dollars with a $1,000 disbursement the first year, and $3,000 the second year.

Online Colleges

This resource is great for a quick overview of Arkansas Colleges.  I love page 24-25 for a great comparison chart.
NCAA Eligibility Center (link)
  • Go here if interested in playing college sports. There is a registration fee but if you qualify for the ACT fee waiver you will qualify for a registration fee waiver
  • All males ages 18 and over must register with the Selective Service in order to be eligible for federal financial aid. 



The purpose of ASU Searcy is technical education. They have programs under the Occupational Technology division that consists of Air Conditioning, Auto Body Repair, Automotive Technology, Computerized Machining, Diesel Technology, Power Sports, and Welding Technology.  Programs in the Business division are Health Information Assistant and Office Occupations.  Programs under Allied Health are EMT/Paramedics and Practical Nursing.  These programs vary in length from eighteen weeks to one year.  They would love to give you a tour.  Call Heather at 501-207-6214 or email her at to schedule one. 

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services 

Students who have physical, mental, emotional, or psychological disabilities that may hinder or preclude their getting an education or training after high school may be eligible for funding or special help through the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.  Our students will have an opportunity to meet with a representative from this agency in the spring.  At that time, she will determine if the student may qualify and will request papers such as a medical diagnosis, parents' and student federal income tax forms, copies of IEPs or 504 Plans, report cards, and final transcripts.  If you think you may be eligible, it would help you to go ahead an collect those documents as soon as they are ready.