More than 5,000 Academic Challenge applications incomplete; deadline June 1 



Brandi Hinkle, Communications Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Higher Education

More than 5,000 Academic Challenge applications still incomplete; deadline June 1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – More than 5,000 graduating Arkansas high school seniors started but have yet to complete their scholarship applications with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, officials said Thursday, and the deadline to submit it is midnight Saturday, June 1.

Public high school transcripts will automatically be transmitted, but students and parents must have a correct and completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as the YOUniversal Scholarship Application filed online at by the end of the day Saturday.

“Technology can be a blessing and a curse, so don’t wait until the last minute,” said interim director Shane Broadway. “If you miss the midnight cut-off, we can’t override the system. Double-check now to ensure you’ve completed the application, and if you haven’t started it, there is still time.”

Based on academic achievement, the Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarship – funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and commonly known as the lottery scholarship – provides new 2013 recipients with funds to offset the costs of attending any Arkansas university pursuant to Act 234 of 2013 of the Arkansas General Assembly: $2,000 freshman year, $3,000 sophomore year, $4,000 junior year and $5,000 senior year, as long as renewal requirements are met.

Those attending a two-year college will receive $2,000 for freshman and sophomore year. Previous recipients of the scholarship will continue to receive the amounts stipulated in their original award.

Approximately 11,300 new Academic Challenge awards have been accepted, with 1,800 still pending acceptance. Another 5,300 are incomplete, with eligibility pending.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers more than 20 additional scholarship programs. The deadline to apply for this academic year is June 1 for both the fall and spring, with all necessary materials required by that date as well. Submissions can be completed online at or through the free YOUniversal smart phone app.

The ADHE is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, approving and reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities.

In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds intended to ease the financial burden of students seeking an education beyond high school. For more information, visit


Brandi Hinkle, MBA, APR |Communications Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
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