How to Apply – Admission Process

Getting Started

To apply to the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program:

  1. Complete the online application for admission to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Once you have been accepted to the university, you will receive a T- number from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  2. Have your official test scores for the ACT/SAT sent to UA Little Rock.
  3. Have your official high school transcripts (including fall semester 2022) and if applicable, your college transcripts, sent to UA Little Rock.
  4. Complete the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program General Data sheet
  5. Login to the ScholarshipUniverse application by following these directions. If you have met the minimum academic requirements you will be able to find the application for the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program under Scholarships.
    • In the application you will be able to submit your two essays and send a request to your recommenders for their letters of recommendation. We strongly suggest that your letters of recommendation come from teachers.

Questions? Contact us at or by phone at 501-916-3389.

Priority deadline is February 1. Final deadline is March 1.

Essay Guidelines

Please submit both of the following essays. Reminder: Include your name on your essay.

  1. Write a tweet (140 characters or fewer) that tells us who you are. Now, dissect it (800-1,000 words). Writing a truthful account of oneself for an audience you don’t know is a tall order. Why did you choose those words? Make sure that you clearly include your tweet at the beginning of your essay.
  2. Choose a contentious issue about which you feel passionate and defend your position in 800-1,000 words. Be sure to acknowledge the opposing side and support your argument with citations and a bibliography.

Interview Process and Decisions

Beginning in mid-to-late February through mid-March, interviews are arranged for the most promising applicants. The candidate interviews with three people from the admissions committee: the Director of the Scholars Program, a faculty member from the Policy Council, and a student representative from the Student Committee. Interviews typically last 45 minutes.

In late March, after further review, the admissions committee decides which students will receive an offer from the Program. The admission standards are holistic, and decisions are based on academic record, test scores, leadership ability, community service, interest in other cultures, recommendation letters, the essays the student has submitted, and the interview.

The Program will notify selected students in early April.