scholarship options

for ARKANSAS foster youth

A pre-requisite for the scholarships listed below is a completed FAFSA application . . . which will require you to have the following documents.  To learn more about the FAFSA and how to fill it out correctly, check out the tools here.  

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DRIVER'S LICENSE OR OFFICIAL I.D.

If you need a photo ID and do not have a drivers license,  bring your birth certificate to a revenue office and they can issue you a photo ID

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TAX RETURNS OR W-2 FORMS 

are needed for filling out your FAFSA

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1ST COURT ORDER FOR FOSTER CARE

This is proof that you were in foster care and will qualify you for a PELL grant . . . free school money! 

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SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

If lost, you can apply for a new one at a local social security office

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BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Ask your caseworker for a copy of your birth certificate before you turn 18 or get one on your own.

Arkansas Academic Challenge 

http://www.myarkansaslottery.com/about/scholarships

 

Amount:  Starts with about $2000; students receive more each year they stay in college.

Requirements

  • Must fill out FAFSA

  • 19 on ACT or equivalent

  • Arkansas resident

  • Accepted for admissions at an approved institution of higher education

 

Deadline:  June 1st

Workforce Improvement Grant

http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/rulesRegs/Arkansas%20Register/2005/sep_2005/008.10.05-005.pdf

Amount: $2000

Requirements

  • Are you at least 24 years old?

  • Do you have need beyond what FAFSA and Pell grants offer?

  • Students do not have to be full time, but money is awarded with priority to students with more hours. (minimum is 3 credit hours).

  • Each institution has its own deadline.

  • Complete FAFSA & application

Deadline: June 1st

Useful information: Students must apply each year, as this is not a renewable scholarship. Students who withdraw from school may owe a refund to the program.

Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO!) 

http://scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/higher-education-opportunities-grant-go-grant

 

Amount: $1000 per year

 

Requirements

  • Complete FAFSA

  • Arkansas resident for at least the 12 months prior to application for the grant

  • Certify that they are drug-free and must pledge in writing on the application form to refrain from the use of illegal substances.

 

Deadline: June 1st

Single Parent Scholarship Fund

http://www.spsfnwa.org/types-of-scholarships/

Amount: $500-1750

Requirements

  • A single parent (see definition below)

  • A legal United States resident OR a resident with DACA Status, and a resident of Carroll, Madison, or Washington County, Arkansas.

  • A high school or GED graduate.

  • Pursuing a career-oriented course of study (full or part-time) to ensure a better standard of living for your family.

  • Living at or near the poverty level (up to 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines)

  • An applicant of the Pell Grant (not required for Professional Certification Scholarship applicants)

  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

 

Deadlines:  Vary

Useful Information: Scholarships are provided for both "Traditional" and "Professional Certification." 

Ellen Carpenter HBCU Scholarship 

http://www.collegescholarships.org/states/arkansas.htm

 

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Requirements                    

  • Arkansas Residency: The applicant must be an Arkansas resident.

  • United States Citizenship: The applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien.

  • Admission & Enrollment: The applicant must be enrolled in one of the participating institutions of higher education for the 2011- 2012 school year. The participating institutions are Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

  • Application & Community Service: The applicant must submit the attached application and a description of their community service by the established deadline date of August 1, 2011.

  • Grade Point Average: The applicant must submit official transcript along with application and have at least 2.0 grade point average.

 

Deadline: June 1st

 

Anderson Family Scholarship (Northwest Arkansas Community College)  

www.nwacc.edu 

 

Amount: $3000

Requirements                    

  • Participant in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of three (3) months 

  • Open to full- and part-time students 

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA to apply; must maintain to remain eligible;

  • Incoming freshman must have a min. composite score of 19 on ACT, or COMPASS scores at college level, or 600 GED score 

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need 

Deadline: July 1st

 

ETV-Education  Training Voucher

http://www.obu.edu/finaid/files/2011/06/AR-ETV-FactSheet.pdf

Amount: Up to $5000

 

* Students must enroll before their 21st birthday and may continue to receive support until age 23.

Requirements

  • Youth must be in foster care, adopted from foster care after age 16, or aged out of foster care.

  • For most states, youth must be aged 18-20; however the age requirement varies by state.

  • Youth must have a high school diploma or GED.

  • Youth must be accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college or vocational/technical training program.

  • Your personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) are worth less than $10,000.

 

Deadline: Applications are served on a first come, first serve basis.

The Second Effort Scholarship

(GED Graduates)

http://scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/second-effort-scholarship

 

Amount: $1000

Requirements

  • Scholars who achieved the ten highest scores on the Arkansas High School Diploma test during the previous calendar year.

  • The scholarship is renewable annually, for up to three additional years (or the equivalent if a student is enrolled part-time), or the completion of the baccalaureate degree, provided the recipient maintains a minimum college grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale each academic year.

  • be at least 18 years of age, or a former member of a high school class which has graduated; and

  • not have graduated from high school.

 

Deadline: None, recipients will be contacted by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Casey Family Scholars Program

http://www.fc2success.org/programs/casey-family-scholars/

 

Amount: $2,500-$5,000 based on a combination of need and merit

Requirements

  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted

  • Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from Foster Care to Success

  • Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States.  U.S. citizenship is not required.

  • Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other postsecondary school

 

Deadline:  January 1-March 31 annually

Useful information: Can be renewable for up to 5 years

Foster Care to Success 

http://www.fc2success.org/our-programs/information-for-students

Amount: $2,500-$5,000 based on a combination of need and merit

Requirements

  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted

  • Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received scholarship funding from Foster Care to Success

  • Have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States.

  • U.S. citizenship is not required.

  • Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other postsecondary school

 

Deadline:  January 1-March 31

 

Useful Information:  Renewable up to five years if the student remains compliant with program requirements. This is an undergraduate scholarship only.

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