Academic Challenge Scholarship Essay

Your Lottery Dollars

The Arkansas Lottery has provided more than $738 million for more than 275,000 scholarships to Arkansas students to 51 colleges, universities and technical schools in the state. Net proceeds from the Office of the Arkansas Lottery are used to provide scholarships and grants to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within the state.

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Program provides educational assistance to Arkansas residents in pursuit of a higher education. For information on requirements and to apply, please visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s website,, or contact the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Financial Aid department: [email protected] | (800) 54-STUDY | (501) 371-2050 – Greater Little Rock

How To Apply

Visit the Department of Higher Education’s website,, and complete the Arkansas YOUniversal Scholarship Application or download the free YOUniversal app for your smart phone. The online YOUniversal application is your one-stop shop for state and lottery funded financial aid.

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We are proud of our scholarship recipients. More than 275,000 Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships have been awarded to date, making a difference forever in Arkansas education.

2011 – 2018 Lottery Scholarships

Hover over each county to explore how many scholarships have been awarded in your county!

New Incoming Freshmen Scholarships

A new incoming (first-time) freshman is a student who has never attended another institution of higher education after high school. Learn more »

New Transfer Student Scholarships

A new transfer student is an Arkansas resident or domestic non-resident who has completed university coursework at another institution after high school. Learn more »

Scholarships for All Students

Private Scholarships

Many current students are unaware of the general private scholarships available through private funds, supported by our generous university donors and supporters. Many are available for part-time and non-traditional students. Learn more »

Alumni Scholarships

In addition to private scholarships, the UA Little Rock Alumni Association Scholarship Program provides thousands of dollars in scholarship awards each year to outstanding UA Little Rock students. Learn more »

Scholarship Listing by Area

If you have declared a major, it’s always good to check with your major department for any other opportunities which they administer, or of which they may be aware. Not all opportunities are listed or available in Trojan SMART.

Browse by College to narrow your search:

Donaghey Scholars Program

The Donaghey Scholars Program is the honors program open to all majors at UA Little Rock. With a generous financial package, interdisciplinary core curriculum, study abroad, and supportive community, the Donaghey Scholars Program offers a distinctive learning environment for undergraduate studies. Learn more »

Single Parent Scholarship

The Phyllis A. Keltner Foundation for Women Scholarship gives single mothers with dependent children an incredible opportunity at UA Little Rock to overcome some of the many financial hurdles in getting a college education and provide secure futures for their families.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to 12 hours of enrollment, plus books and supplies up to $300 per semester. Recipients may enroll in more than 12 hours per semester but will be responsible for paying the additional charges. Award amounts will be adjusted based on each recipient’s actual enrollment. Scholarships may be renewable, but you must reapply annually.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Be currently enrolled as a non-traditional undergraduate student at UA Little Rock
  • Be a single mother with dependent children
  • Demonstrate academic accomplishment
  • Complete a 2018-19 FAFSA to demonstrate financial need
  • Complete a written narrative

The application deadline has passed.

External Scholarships for Arkansas Residents


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