Academic and merit-based scholarships

With 13 types of scholarships for entering freshmen and four for transfer students, UALR offers competitive entering student scholarships  – many are awarded based on an admissions application, ACT or SAT scores, scholarship application, and official high school transcript.

Freshmen

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)
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
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)


Transfer

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