Academic and merit-based scholarships

With 13 types of scholarships for  1st-time entering freshmen and transfer students, UALR offers competitive entering student scholarships  – many are awarded based on an admissions application, ACT or SAT scores, scholarship application, official high school transcript, and official college transcript. 

Freshmen

Scholarship Description Amount
Donaghey Scholars Program
Deadlines
Priority: 2/1
Final: 3/1
ualr.edu/donagheyscholars
This is a highly selective honors program enrolling 25 new scholars each year. Open to all students and majors. Requires two letters of recommendation, an on-campus interview, and two essays. Essay prompts: 1. Compose a tweet (140 characters of fewer) that tells us who you are. Now dissect it in 500 to 600 words. Writing a truthful account of yourself for an audience you don’t know is a tall order. Why did you choose those words? 2. Choose a contentious issue about which you are passionate and defend your position in 800 to 1,000 words. Be sure to acknowledge the opposing side and support your argument with citations. ACT/SAT scores are also required. Up to $90,000 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 3.50 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 3.50 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+ ACT or 1170+ SAT and a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA; Arkansas resident. U.S. citizen or permanent 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 + ACT or 1090+ SAT and a 3.00 cumulative high school GPA; Arkansas resident. U.S. citizen or permanent 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; U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 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 – $5,000
Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program
Deadlines
Priority: 12/1
Preferred: 2/1
Final: 4/1                    ualr.edu/clc
This program is highly competitive and enrolls 225 new scholars each year based on academics, leadership, and active participation in extracurricular activities and community involvement.

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA & ACT score: 19+
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume and essay of up to 500 words on the importance of leadership and service to the community (recommended)
  • On-campus interview required for finalists
  • Must live in West Hall

 

Up to $32,000 for 4 years (up to $8,000 per academic year)
Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) Academic Scholarship
Deadlines
Priority: 12/1
Final: 2/1                  ualr.edu/eit
Major in computer science, construction management, e-commerce, engineering, engineering technology, information science, or earth science. U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

  • ACT 22-23, SAT 1020-1080, GPA: 3.00
  • ACT 24-27, SAT 1090-1240, GPA: 3.00
  • ACT 28-36, SAT 1250-1600, GPA: 3.50

 

  • $4,000 ($1,000 per year)
  • $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
EAST Scholars
Deadlines
Priority: 12/1
Preferred: 2/1
Final: 4/1
At least one year of EAST participant in high school, letter of intent describing the impact EAST on the student’s education goals, and two recommendation letters (one from EAST facilitator); Must live on campus. Interview required of finalists. $40,000 for 4 years ($10,000 per academic year)
Science Scholars
Open deadline ualr.edu/cos/ussp
Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, ACT score: 24+, SAT score 1110+, high school rank in top 20%, US citizen or permanent resident, and major in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Submit two recommendation letters (one from a teacher), a 500-word essay on your interests, goals, work habits, and strengths. Up to $3,000 per academic year
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM
Deadlines
Priority: 3/1
Final: 5/1           ualr.edu/lsamp
Minimum 19 ACT or 1000 SAT and 3.00 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. $3,600 for 2 years ($1,800 per year) plus $1,200 for summer institute


Transfer

Scholarship Description Amount
Donaghey Scholars Program
Deadlines
Priority: 2/1
Final: 3/1 ualr.edu/donagheyscholars
This is a highly selective honors program enrolling 25 new scholars each year. Open to all students and majors. Requires two letters of recommendation, an on-campus interview, and two essays. Essay prompts: 1. Compose a tweet (140 characters of fewer) that tells us who you are. Now dissect it in 500 to 600 words. Writing a truthful account of yourself for an audience you don’t know is a tall order. Why did you choose those words? 2. Choose a contentious issue about which you are passionate and defend your position in 800 to 1,000 words. Be sure to acknowledge the opposing side and support your argument with citations. ACT/SAT scores are also required. Up to $90,000 for 4 years: full tuition and fees, $6,000 – $10,000 yearly stipend, study abroad, laptop, and housing subsidy
Shelby Breedlove Transfer
Fall Deadlines
Priority: 12/1
Final: 4/1

ualr.edu/scholarships/apply

  • At the time of application minimum 45 transferable credit hours from Arkansas two-year college, and minimum 3.25 cumulative transfer GPA
  • Must be Arkansas resident
  • Only available to first-time UALR student
$8,000 – $12,000 for 2 years ($4,000 – $6,000 per academic year)
Science Scholars
Open deadline ualr.edu/cos/ussp
Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA (3.0 GPA in STEM coursework), ACT score: 24+, SAT score 1110+, high school rank in top 20%, US citizen or permanent resident, and major in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Submit two recommendation letters (one from a teacher), a 500-word essay on your interests, goals, work habits, and strengths. Up to $3,000 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