Freshmen Academic Scholarship Information
All freshmen academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline to apply for Distinguished Scholars, Second Century Scholars, or Collegiate Scholars is February 28, of the current award year. Applicant must be a graduating senior and admitted as a first-time entering undergraduate.
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. The application for undergraduate admission and all supporting documentation must be on file by February 28, to receive scholarship consideration. The national February ACT exam scores are the last results accepted for scholarship consideration. COMPASS exam scores will be not 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. Students receiving academic scholarships must be U.S. citizens.
Once awarded, all scholarship recipients 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 Residence 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.
Students who are chosen to participate in University Honors or recognized as an Arkansas Governor's or Governor's Distinguished Scholar are eligible to receive an Advanced Scholars Stipend. The Advanced Scholars Stipend is awarded in conjunction with a university funded academic scholarship. Students who fail to retain their university funded academic awards forfeit the Advanced Scholars Stipend. Students are only eligible for one Advanced Scholars Stipend in any semester.
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 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. Scholarship awards are subject to Arkansas Department of Higher Education Scholarship Stacking Policy, Arkansas Act 1180 of 1999.