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UA Little Rock Sees Unprecedented Interest in Scholarships for Fall 2020

Due to an unprecedented demand in scholarships, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced the merit-based scholarship deadline has been extended for new students to Aug. 17. As of the original Aug. 1 deadline, a record-breaking number of more than 1,900 applications were received. These scholarships are made possible in part by the recent largest-ever anonymous donation to help students achieve a world-class education at UA Little Rock.

“Due to the overwhelming demand for scholarships, we are excited to extend the deadline to accommodate first-time and transfer students,” said UA Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale. “In this economic downturn, many are still deciding if they can go to school, and this extension will increase this opportunity. Our transformational strategy and tremendous community support allow us to provide much-needed support to students.”

Both transfer and first-time students applying for merit-based scholarships are eligible for this deadline extension as the university prepares its online and in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester.

We are eager to award the scholarships and by extending our deadline we continue to create opportunities for student success,” said Jonathan Coleman, director of financial aid and scholarships at UA Little Rock. “The response has been very clear. Scholarships are more important than ever.”

New and transfer students will be considered for scholarships by simply applying for admission. No further forms are needed. UA Little Rock will begin awarding scholarships following the extended deadline as students gear up to get back to learning. 

“Historical trends show an increase in demand for higher education during economic downturns such as this,” said Dr. Michael Pakko, chief economist and state economic forecaster at UA Little Rock. “That interest is clearly translating to a need for scholarships and increased applications. UA Little Rock is uniquely positioned to offer exactly what is needed at this time.”

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