Financial Aid Division

Second Effort Scholarship

Date Updated: January 1, 2010

General Information

The Second Effort Scholarship was established to recognize the importance of the Arkansas High School Diploma (GED) Program and to encourage those students who successfully pass the Arkansas High School Diploma test to enroll in an Arkansas post secondary institution.

Eligibility Criteria

The Arkansas Second Effort Scholarship program awards ten scholarships per year valued at $1,000 or the cost of tuition, whichever is less, to those 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.

Students do not apply for this award. Those scholars who achieved one of the ten highest scores on the Arkansas High School Diploma test during the previous calendar year are contacted directly by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. A ceremony honoring the Second Effort Scholarship recipients is held annually at the State Capitol.

In order to be eligible for a Second Effort Scholarship award, students must:

  • 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.

Application Deadline

While there is no application deadline date, those scholars who achieved one of the ten highest scores on the Arkansas High School Diploma test during the previous calendar year are contacted by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to complete the application.

A ceremony honoring the Second Effort Scholarship recipients is held annually at the State Capitol.

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