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Freshmen Scholarships

Applying for scholarships

All freshmen academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.

The application for undergraduate admission serves as the scholarship application. There is not a separate scholarship application to complete; however, an early admission status is required.  An early admission file includes an application for undergraduate admission, current high school transcript with a qualifying GPA and ACT/SAT exam score, and immunization records documenting two MMR vaccinations.  

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 Residence Life Office in accordance with established university policy. Recipients are responsible for making on-campus housing arrangements.

During scholarship committee selection, ACT/SAT score, GPA, and rank in class will be taken directly from our student information system; therefore, it is imperative that documentation of current information is sent to the Admissions Office before the priority or final deadline. Students who receive scholarship awards are responsible for knowing the renewal requirements that are printed on their award notifications or are available online.

Applicants 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 applicants who live outside of Arkansas and its contiguous states.

Students who are recognized as Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholars are eligible to receive an Advanced Scholars Stipend. The Advanced Scholars Stipend is awarded in conjunction with a university funded academic scholarship. Students may not receive an Advanced Scholars Stipend and a University Honors Stipend. Students who fail to retain their university funded academic awards forfeit the Advanced Scholars Stipend. 


  • Applicants must be graduating seniors and admitted as a first-time entering undergraduate on the main campus to be considered for an award.
  • Students receiving academic scholarships must be U.S. citizens.
  • Only ACT or SAT exam scores will be used for scholarship consideration.  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 680 may be considered for academic scholarships.
  • Main campus scholarship awards must be used the fall semester following high school graduation.
  • All hours must be at the undergraduate level. 
  • Scholarships are awarded for consecutive fall and spring terms only and do not cover summer terms.


  • To apply for Board of Trustees, Presidential, University, Deans, Academic Excellence, Academic, and Incentive Scholarships there is a priority scholarship deadline of November 15, and a final scholarship deadline of February 15, of the current award year.
  • The application for undergraduate admission and all supporting documentation must be on file before November 15, to receive priority scholarship consideration. Applicants who receive an early admission status after the November 15 priority deadline, and before the final scholarship deadline of February 15, will be considered for remaining awards. Applicants who are awarded during the priority scholarship round and raise their scholarship levels prior to the final scholarship deadline, will be considered for an increase to the appropriate award levels prior to second round awards being made.
  • The national February ACT exam scores are the last results accepted for scholarship consideration. 
  • For University Honors Scholarships, applicants must have an early admission standing and submit an essay prior to the December 1 deadline, for interview consideration. An applicant who is chosen for interview and selected to participate in University Honors will receive a qualifying academic scholarship award bundled with a University Honors Stipend ranging from $2,000 to $6000 annually.

After you’ve applied

Once awarded, all scholarship recipients must be admitted to the main campus with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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.

Scholarship awards are subject to Arkansas Department of Higher Education Scholarship Stacking Policy, Arkansas Act 1180 of 1999.