Transfer Scholarships

The University of Arkansas proudly offers transfer student scholarships each fall and spring semester to entering transfer students.

Academic All-Star Transfer Student Scholarship

  • Annual award that pays tuition and tuition related fees for up to four semesters
  • Awarded to students named the "Academic All-Star" by their Arkansas two-year college
  • The scholarship application is not required for this award

Chancellor's Transfer Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $3000 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year
  • Awarded to top applicants from Arkansas two-year colleges

U of A Transfer Student Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $2000 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year
  • Awarded to top candidates from the applicant pool

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $2500 per year
  • Renewable for one additional year
  • Awarded to top applicants from two-year colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Provide documentation of membership to the Academic Scholarship Office


To be considered for the University of Arkansas Transfer Scholarships, entering transfer students must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 or more transferable hours of college-level work from a regionally accredited institution of higher education other than the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 transferable hours at the time of application. Current University of Arkansas students are not eligible for this award.

Deadline for Fall Semester — April 1

Deadline for Spring Semester — October 15

Transfer Scholarship Application Checklist

Setup your email account.

Our primary form of communication throughout the scholarship application process will be via email to your personal email account and your University of Arkansas email account (activate at Add to your email address book, as some servers may block this address.

Apply for admission.

In order to apply for academic scholarships at the University of Arkansas you must apply (students do not have to be admitted) for admissions at Students should submit their admissions application by October 1 to be considered for the October 15 spring semester deadline and by March 15 to be considered for the April 1 fall semester deadline.

Indicate your interest in academic scholarships.

On the online application for admission, check the box to indicate your interest in applying for academic scholarships.

Submit official copies of all college transcripts.

Official transcripts should be mailed or sent via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Office of Admissions, 232 Silas Hunt Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 by the deadline date.

Watch for email from the Academic Scholarship Office.

Approximately two business days after you submit your application for admission, you will receive an email with a link to a personalized website where you will copy and paste your required supplemental materials (list of accomplishments and honors, essay and name of recommender).

Prepare supplemental scholarship application materials in your word processing software.

  1. Prepare a list of your most important activities and academic awards/honors.
  2. Prepare your essay. The essay prompts below are designed to allow you to share more about yourself. We want a glimpse of what matters to you. And remember, the application essay is an opportunity for you to move beyond test scores and grades. Avoid platitudes and checklists of accomplishments and activities. The more specific you can be about your personal experience, the better! Write a well-developed essay (around 600 words) on one of the following:
    Tell us about an intellectual challenge that has mattered to you — something that you have wrestled with and explored independently. How have you resolved it, and how has this impacted your plans for the future?
    Select a creative work that has changed your worldview and your view of yourself. This work could be your own, or a novel, film, formula, poem, musical piece, sculpture, building or other creative work that has inspired you to take action. Discuss the work and its effect on you.
    Describe your most significant involvement with service to date. Tell us about a single effort that you have taken to address hunger, literacy, diversity, sustainability or any other issue that matters to you. We want to know how you have made a lasting impact in an original way. Be sure to include a discussion of how your service work has affected your plans for the future.
  3. Contact a professor regarding writing a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Your recommender will receive an email to a personalized website where he/she can copy and paste the recommendation letter. The recommendation letter must be submitted by the deadline date.

Copy and paste supplemental materials into the personalized scholarship application.

Once you have completed the application and have proofread multiple times, click the submit button. You will not be able to make changes once the form has been submitted. You will receive an email the following day confirming receipt of your application.

Monitor your email account.

Continue to monitor your email for important updates from the Academic Scholarship Office.

Check our website for additional funding opportunities.

Please visit Additional Funding Opportunities for additional scholarship and financial aid opportunities on campus.

Contact us!

If you have not heard from us or if you have questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact us at or (479) 575-4464.

Selection Process

The University's Scholarship Review Committee will review all applications and consider each applicant's academic achievement, résumé, essay, and recommendation letter. Scholarship decisions will be mailed and emailed to all applicants approximately 45 days after each deadline.