Scholarships


After exploring the variety of UALR scholarships for eligibility, the next step is filling out the online scholarship application. UALR entering student scholarships are competitive – many are awarded based on an admissions application, ACT or SAT scores, scholarship application, and official high school transcript. Eligibility does not guarantee a scholarship, and awards are determined annually based on eligible applications and available funding.

How do I Apply?

  1. Complete the online admissions application
  2. View details, requirements and deadline information on scholarships
  3. Fill out the online scholarship application
  4. Submit all required admission and scholarship materials and required documentation by the established deadlines

2014-2015 Scholarships

  • Freshmen Scholarships
    • Scholarship Description Amount
      Donaghey Scholars Program
      Deadlines
      Priority: 2/1
      Final: 3/1
      Honors program open to all students and majors, no minimum requirements, highly competitive for 25 new scholars each year; must live on campus. Submit required credentials as well as two letters of recommendation. Two 800-1,000 word essays (include citations as necessary). Topics choices: 1. How do you define a scholar? Why do you believe you are one? What do you think the Donaghey Scholars Program will do for you? How do you envision the contribution you will one day make to society? 2. Choose a contemporary issue. Why do you feel that it is important? Take a position on the issue and define it. Up to $80,000 for 4 years: full tuition and fees, $6,000 – $10,000 yearly stipend, study abroad, laptop and housing subsidy
      Chancellor’s Academic Distinction
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      Minimum 30 ACT or 1330 SAT or National Merit/Achievement Finalist and 3.00 cumulative GPA; must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Must live on campus. $40,000 for 4 years ($10,000 per academic year)
      Provost’s Academic Excellence
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      28-29 ACT or 1250-1320 SAT or National Merit/Achievement Semi-Finalist and a 3.00 cumulative high school GPA; U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Must live on campus. $32,000 for 4 years ($8,000 per academic year)
      Dean’s Academic Merit
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      26-27 ACT or 1170-1240 SAT and a 3.00 cumulative high school GPA; Arkansas resident. Must live on campus. $24,000 for 4 years ($6,000 per academic year).
      UALR Academic Achievement
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      24-25 ACT or 1090-1160 SAT and a 3.00 cumulative high school GPA; Arkansas resident. Must live on campus. $16,000 for 4 years ($4,000 per academic year).
      Freshman Award
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      22-23 ACT or 1020-1080 SAT and a 3.00 cumulative high school GPA; Arkansas resident $8,000 for 4 years ($2,000 per academic year)
      Freshmen Private Scholarships
      Final deadline: 3/1
      Complete the FAFSA, minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA, and a 500-word essay on why you want to be a UALR student $1,000 – $4,000
      Chancellor’s Leadership Corps (CLC)
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Preferred: 2/1
      Final: 4/1
      Competitive, minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, on-campus interview, recommendation letter from high school official encouraged. Must live on campus. Up to $32,000 for 4 years (up to $8,000 per academic year)
      Engineering and Information Technology (EIT)
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      Minimum 22 ACT or 1020 SAT and 3.00 cumulative GPA, major in computer science, construction management, engineering, engineering technology or information science. U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Up to $8,000 for 4 years ($2,000 per year)
      EAST Scholars
      Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Preferred: 2/1
      Final: 4/1
      Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, 250-word statement of goals and plans, two recommendation letters (one from EAST facilitator); EAST participant in high school. Must live on campus. $40,000 for 4 years ($10,000 per academic year)
      Science Scholars
      Open deadline
      Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, class rank in top 20%, minimum 24 ACT or 1090 SAT, major in biology, chemistry or geology, two recommendation letters. A 500-word essay on your interests, goals, work habits, and strengths U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Up to $10,000 per academic year
      Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM
      Deadlines
      Priority: 3/15
      Final: 4/30
      Minimum 19 ACT or 900-930 SAT and 2.90 cumulative GPA; African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Pacific Islander ethnicity, major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and 500-word essay on interests, goals, accomplishments, and work ethic. U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. $3,200 for 2 years ($1,600 per year)
      New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award
      Awarded at time of admission
      Minimum 3.00 cumulative high school GPA and 24 ACT composite or equivalent SAT Pays 80-90% of the difference between resident and nonresident tuition
  • Transfer Student Scholarships
    • Scholarship Description Amount
      Donaghey Scholars Program
      Deadlines
      Priority: 2/1
      Final: 3/1
      Honors program open to all students and majors, no minimum requirements, highly competitive for 25 new scholars each year, submit required credentials as well as two letters of recommendation. Two 800-1,000 word essays (include citations as necessary). Topics choices: 1. How do you define a scholar? Why do you believe you are one? What do you think the Donaghey Scholars Program will do for you? How do you envision the contribution you will one day make to society? 2. Choose a contemporary issue. Why do you feel that it is important? Take a position on the issue and define it. Up to $80,000 for 4 years
      Shelby Breedlove Transfer
      Fall Deadlines
      Priority: 12/1
      Final: 2/1
      Spring Deadline
      Final 11/1
      Minimum 45 transferrable credit hours from Arkansas two-year college, minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA at the time of application; must be Arkansas resident $8,000 – $12,000 for 2 years ($4,000 – $6,000 per academic year)
      Science Scholars
      Open deadline
      Complete FAFSA, minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, class rank in top 20%, minimum 24 ACT or 1090 SAT, major in biology, chemistry or geology, two recommendation letters. A 500-word essay on your interests, goals, work habits, and strengths. Transfer applications must have a 3.00 GPA and 3.25 GPA in major coursework. Up to $10,000 per academic year
      New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award
      Awarded at time of admission
      Minimum 24 transferrable hours with a 3.00 cumulative GPA in pursuit of first baccalaureate degree. Students with less than 24 hours must submit official high school transcript and test scores to meet freshmen eligibility criteria. Pays 80-90% of the difference between resident and nonresident tuition
  • Private Scholarships
    • General Information for Private Scholarships
      Private scholarships, so called because they are created with private funds from very generous UALR donors, are different from the academic and merit scholarships offered at UALR. Dozens of private scholarships are available to current UALR undergraduates and graduates, incoming transfer students, and first-time freshmen.UALR’s Private Scholarship Office is here help you find the right scholarship for you and guide you through the application process.

      TROJAN TIP: Keep researching more scholarship opportunities at UALR and note that different scholarships may require different applications. A little effort now can yield scholarship dollars to help you complete your degree.

Scholarship Eligibility Increases

If a higher ACT/SAT score is earned, the student must notify the Office of Financial Aid and submit an official copy of the new scores by the Feb. 1 deadline to receive a higher scholarship award. ACT/SAT score totals do not include the writing test for scholarship eligibility purposes.

Scholarship Service and Course Requirements

Some scholarships require additional obligations. EAST Scholars must work 15 hours per week in the EAST/EIT lab to fulfill their service requirement. EIT scholars are required to work 10 hours per week in the EIT Student Services Lab (freshmen year only). Both EAST and EIT Scholars must successfully complete the first-year experience requirement. Chancellor’s Leadership Corps recipients must complete 15 hours of service learning per semester/30 hours per year, successfully complete PEAW 1124 and 2124 first year, and complete PEAW 3124 the fall semester of their sophomore year. Science Scholar freshmen must successfully complete the Science Skills course in the first semester.

Scholarship Renewal Appeal Process

A one-time “Forgiveness Option” allows a student to make up GPA or credit hour deficiencies during the summer only at UALR before the next fall semester. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for scholarship renewal review after summer course completion.

On-Campus Housing Requirement

Select Scholarship programs require students to live on campus during their freshmen year.

Scholarship Stacking Policy

State and federal guidelines for combining scholarships and other financial aid require that the total amount received not exceed the student’s cost of attendance. The cost of attendance includes not only tuition, fees, room and board, but may also cover other educational expenses such at books, travel, personal expenses, study abroad costs, and a one-time computer allowance. While some scholarships can be combined, many cannot, andthe total amount you are awarded can never exceed the annual cost of attendance at UALR.