UA Little Rock provides numerous scholarships and financial awards to entering, transfer, and continuing undergraduate students.

University scholarships

Eligibility for UA Little Rock scholarships is based on academic achievements, talents, skills, or merit. 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.

Academic scholarships for entering freshman – UA Little Rock awards academic scholarships to entering freshman based on high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and other relevant factors.

Transfer Scholarships – UA Little Rock awards transfer scholarships to students transferring from an Arkansas two-year college who meet specific requirements.

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Private scholarships at UA Little Rock

Many students are unaware of the hundreds of private scholarships available to them. There are several types of private scholarships, some available to all students and others that are open for eligible students in a particular academic program. UA Little Rock private scholarships are offered through the Office of Development and are made possible through the generous support of UA Little Rock donors. These funds vary considerably in dollar value and criteria, reflecting the donor’s gifts and interests. Many of these are untapped resources, so a little time spent researching all of your options can pay off.

Some of the types of private scholarships:

  • General scholarships
  • Alumni scholarships
  • Osher Reentry Scholarship
  • Phyllis A. Keltner Foundation for Women Scholarship
  • Department-level scholarships

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Arkansas Academic Challenge

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education provides scholarships and grants to students who are residents of Arkansas.  Graduating high school students are eligible to apply for the Academic Challenge Scholarship (funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery), among other awards.  College students, including those who are re-enrolling or planning to enroll for the first time, may apply for both the Academic Challenge Scholarship and grants available to non-traditional students.

Additional scholarship resources

A little more digging and you might find a scholarship we don’t specifically list here – the scope extends beyond UA Little Rock-based scholarships to state, national, and even international resources. Remember, you should never have to pay for a scholarship search – free ones can be found at  Fund My FutureFast Web, and