Academic Scholarship Information
All freshman academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline to apply for Distinguished Scholars, Second Century Scholars, or a Collegiate Scholars is February 28 of the current award year.
A scholarship file must be complete and received in the Office of Admissions on or before the February 28 deadline. A completed scholarship application file includes an application for undergraduate admission, an application for scholarship, current high school transcript with class rank and GPA, qualifying ACT or SAT exam scores, and two letters of recommendation. Since a scholarship applicant must have an early admission status, immunization records documenting two MMR will also need to be provided. Superscores or recalculated ACT scores using subset scores from multiple exams will not be accepted. A traditional-aged high school student who opts to take the GED and scores a minimum of 580 may apply for academic scholar awards. Students receiving scholar awards must be U.S. citizens.
Once awarded, all scholarship applicants must be admitted to the University with a Federal Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) on file before a scholarship will be credited to a student's account. All additional information requested by the Financial Aid Office must be submitted by December 1 in order to meet the aid application requirements for second semester renewal.
Main campus scholarship awards will only pay for main campus coursework and must be used the fall semester following high school graduation. All hours must be at the undergraduate level. Students may receive only one Tech-funded academic scholarship in any semester. Academic scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to participate in early May registration. Scholarship recipients must live in a residence hall or receive an exemption to the residency requirements from the Residential Life Office in accordance with established University policy. Recipients are responsible for making on-campus housing arrangements.
Students who live in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas are considered in-state for tuition purposes. A limited number of out-of-state scholarship awards are made to students who live outside of Arkansas and its contiguous states.
During scholarship committee selection, ACT/SAT score, GPA and rank in class will be pulled directly from our student information system; therefore, it is imperative that documentation of current information is sent to the Admissions Office by the February 28 deadline. Students who receive scholarship awards are responsible for knowing their renewal requirements printed on their award notification or available online. Scholarships are awarded for consecutive fall and spring terms only and do not cover summer terms. Under Arkansas law, Act 323, other financial aid received may reduce the value of the academic award. The maximum allowance for institutional scholarships will be limited so that the total award, including Federal grants and state awarded funds, does not exceed the actual billed cost for tuition, academic fees, room and board, plus a stipend up to $700.