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 undergraduate tuition and tuition related fees for up to five semesters
  • Awarded to students named the "Academic All-Star" by their Arkansas two-year college
  • Renewable for up to five semesters with maintenance of 3.00 cumulative GPA (reviewed after each semester)
  • 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 with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • 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 with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • 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 with completion of 24 hours and 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top applicants from two-year colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Provide documentation of membership to the Academic Scholarship Office

Advance Arkansas Scholarship

  • Annual award up to $4000 per year
  • Renewable for 2 years (3 years for programs requiring five years for completion) with 30 hours per year and 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Awarded to top students in the applicant pool with financial need as represented on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Preference to first-generation college students


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. In addition, scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens, legal residents of the United States, or foreign nationals permitted to pursue a course of study in the United States. Current University of Arkansas students are not eligible for this award. Applicants or nominees can only be awarded one of the above scholarships and only to support their first undergraduate degree.

  • Deadline for Fall Semester — April 1
  • Deadline for Spring Semester — October 15

Transfer Scholarship Application Checklist

Set up 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 to begin scholarship application) for admission 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

  • A few days after you submit your application for admission, you will receive an email with a link to create your online application account. You will copy and paste or upload your required supplemental materials (list of accomplishments and honors, essay, and name of recommender) into the application See the next task for more details.

Prepare supplemental scholarship application materials in your word processing software.

  • ACTIVITIES & AWARDS: Prepare a list of your most important activities and academic awards/honors.
  • ESSAY: 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 (maximum length of 600 words) responding to one of the following:
    • Historians have often maintained that it is important to have a gap of 50 years between their own time period and their subject matter. Identify an invention or idea that was developed more than 50 years ago that still has a major effect on the way we live today. Why did you choose this particular invention or idea?
    • We know you've served as a leader at various times in your life, but tell us about a time you chose to be a follower and why. What were the outcomes?
    • How do you anticipate making a contribution to society with your future career? What made you interested in this pursuit?
  • RECOMMENDATION: 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 or upload 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

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 emailed to all applicants approximately 45 days after each deadline.