Scholarships & Grants for Arkansas Residents

Arkansas State Scholarships

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship: $1,000–$5,000

Governor's Distinguished Scholarship Program: $10,000

To apply for scholarships from the state of Arkansas, Arkansas residents should complete the Arkansas YOUniversal Scholarship Application. The application for the 2021-2022 school year is available as of October 1, 2020.

For more information regarding program requirements/deadlines, visit

JBU's Arkansas Challenge Gap Grant: $3,000 (one-time)

The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is $1,000 for Year 1 and $4,000 for Year 2. To bridge that gap, JBU offers an a one-time $3,000 scholarship to incoming freshman who receive the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

  • Unlimited number of awards each year
  • Recipient must be a first-time freshman recipient of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Complete the Arkansas YOUniversal Scholarship Application to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.
  • Not eligible for renewal. Your Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship will increase by $3,000 for your sophomore year.
  • Not available to students receiving a full-tuition scholarship or remission.

For more information about Arkansas financial aid, contact the Arkansas Department of Higher Education:


Phone: 1 (800) 54-STUDY / (501) 371-2050 (Little Rock area)

If you're not an Arkansas resident, call the Department of Education in your state to see what state awards are available.