Guide to Academic Freshman Scholarships

To be considered for academic scholarships, apply for admissions and submit all transcripts and test scores by November 1. Then complete the online scholarship application and submit required supplemental materials before the November 15 priority scholarship deadline for priority scholarship consideration. In mid-January, the Academic Scholarship Office will begin awarding scholarships to students who have applied and submitted all required credentials by November 15. Students who miss the November 15 deadline may apply until February 1 for consideration as funds allow. Students who apply by the February 1 final deadline will be notified of scholarship decisions in early March.

Freshman Scholarship Application Checklist

Set up your email account

Our primary form of communication throughout the scholarship application process will be through email to your personal email account and your University of Arkansas email account (activate your account 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 first apply for admissions at (students do not have to be admitted before beginning the scholarship process). Students should submit their admissions application by November 1 to be considered for the November 15 priority scholarship deadline and by January 15 for the February 1 final scholarship 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 your high school transcript to the Office of Admissions

All transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Admissions at 232 Silas Hunt Hall, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701. The Academic Scholarship Office recalculates all grade point averages to a standard 4-point scale for academic scholarship consideration. One extra grade point is given for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Honors and pre-Advanced Placement courses are not given extra weight in the calculation.

Submit all ACT and/or SAT test scores to the Office of Admissions

Superscores are calculated for scholarship consideration, but are not used for fellowship consideration. The December ACT is the last national test date used for scholarship consideration, but students may also take the January residual ACT at the University of Arkansas. Information on registering for the ACT can be found on the Testing Services Website.

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 an online personalized scholarship application. You will copy and paste your required supplemental materials into the application (list of accomplishments and honors, list of three works and essay). See below for more details.

Prepare supplemental scholarship application materials in your word processing software

Print the list of required supplemental material.

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.