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Scholarship Corner

Scholarship Information for DHS Seniors and Parents

Contact Ms. Hudgeons for more information about scholarships.





**Semester Test: Wednesday, December 20 - 1st, 2nd, 5th, 3rd. Thursday, December 21 - 4th, 6th, 5th, 7th. Friday, December 22 Make-up and teacher work day. Semester Test are required!


This is a wonderful time of the year in that often Christmas Break is a time for families to have time to visit and talk with one another. Seniors, please have the discussion with parents and family concerning post graduation plans.


If College is "the" plan, make sure that you all consider the following:

-College is expensive!

-If awarded full Pell Grant that will equal around $5,900 a year.

-Arkansas Academic Challenge will be $1,000 year 1, $4,000 year 2, $4,000 year 3, and $5,000 year 4 IF all academic criteria is met while in college.

-The average cost of attendance for a 4-year public college is $21,174 per year!


Start asking family about scholarships available through their work. Make sure you all have contacted the Financial Aid Office at the school in which you plan to attend to see if there is additional money to help with college expenses. Make sure all FAFSA information has been submitted and YoUniversal is completed.





The following information is sent to senior advisers throughout the year. This is a reminder of those scholarships and how to access them. Remember the number one source of scholarship money is with the college you plan to attend. Next is the Arkansas Academic Challenge which is offered through Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Information about the Academic Challenge Scholarship, along with other Scholarships offered though the state of Arkansas can be found at scholarhips.adhe.edu. Application for this Scholarship is on-line, and will open for this year's Seniors October 1.


The following is a list of Senior Advisory groups that have been given the opportunity to fill out the YoUniversal Scholarship Application for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship along with other Scholarships they qualify for offered through the state of Arkansas.

*October 2 - Mrs. Ridenour's Advisory: All members with the exception of 4 members were able to complete the YOUniversal Application. The 4 that did not complete this will be followed up with and given another opportunity to complete this October 9th during Advisory.

*October 4 - Farnam / Fairbanks and Freeman's Advisory: All members between the two advisories with the exception of 5 students were able to complete the YOUniversal Application. Those 5 will be making this up October 9th during advisory.

*October 6 - Robison and Tripp's Advisory: I am told these groups had a bit of difficulty in that they did not know how to sign on to the school's computer or didn't know their social security number. We will try to get them back in the lab with Ms. McCurdy October 9.

*October 9 - Hoover and Sorey's Advisory along with students who may have been absent on the above dates.

*October 11 - McCoy and Gamble's Advisory

*October 16 - Make up day for any missing assigned Advisory time.


Seniors need to begin the process of finding out what is required to submit information for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is required by all colleges and universities and are used to determine nearly all types of grants and loans including those that are federal, state, and college-sponsored. The FAFSA also determines your eligibility for work-study programs. Financial aid is usually awarded on first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, the earlier you submit the FAFSA the better. The window to start applying for FAFSA is October 1.


Transcript Request Forms are available in Senior Advisory as well as in the High School Office. When a Senior applies for college admission, the college will request a transcript. I will send this to the college when the student submits a Transcript Request Form to me. Upon request, I will also send a student's shot record and any other information needed to complete the College Admission process.


As of September 20th ALL Senior Advisory groups, the Senior Chair (Ms. McCurdy), and the Library have complete copies of the booklet given to Counselor's in the state of Arkansas. This booklet contains the names of all Colleges in the state of Arkansas along with contact information, requirements, scholarships available, ACT Codes, Application deadlines, Scholarship Application deadlines, and more. Please make sure your Senior is accessing this information as they search for the best placement for their continued education.



Scholarship information: Please take note the scholarship information with deadlines will be updated when received from the organizations listed. However, many have links which may lead to up-to-date information with verified information. We assume no responsibility other than to pass on information and provide this page as a service to our students. Please be aware, that a student should NEVER pay a fee for a scholarship application.


Senior advisers are given scholarship information on a regular basis to keep in a senior notebook for reference. Encourage your Senior to look though these during Advisory and bring information home. A copy of this Senior Notebook is also kept in the Library for them to access throughout the day. They can make copies of anything they want throughout the year. 


Important Dates: The following is some information of dates that seniors and their parents need to be aware of:


  • January 9: First day of second semester.
  • January 15: No Classes
  • Friday, January 12 is the last day for register for February ACT
  • February 8: CAPS Conference
  • February 10: ACT
  • February 19: No Class
  • January 30: UALR Representative during Advisory
  • Friday, March 9 is the last day to register for April ACT
  • March 19 - 23 SPRING BREAK!
  • March 30 - No Classes
  • April 14: ACT
  • Friday, May 4 is the last day to register for June ACT
  • May 5: PROM
  • May 10th AP Government
  • May 11th AP United States History
  • May 14th AP Biology and AP Music Theory
  • May 15th AP Calculus
  • May 15th: Celebration of Achievement
  • May 16th AP English Language and Comp
  • May 17th AP World History
  • May 18th AP Human Geography
  • May 18th Graduation Practice
  • May 20th Graduation
  • June 6 : ACT


With regard to ADHE programs, please note the following:

Additional Resources:

Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov

Arkansas Student Loan Authority: www.fundmyfuture.info

College Fairs Online: www.gotocollegefairs.com 


Arkansas Department of Higher Education Scholarship and Grant Programs: Listed below are examples of scholarship and grant programs available through their website at .www.adhe.edu

*New Arkansas Academic Challenge (Lottery) Scholarship

*Arkansas Governor's Scholars Program

*Arkansas Future Grant

*Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship (LEO))

*Military Dependents Scholarship (MDS)

*State Teacher Education Program (STEP)

*Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)

*Workforce Improvement Grant (WIG)


Also please note that the FAFSA will now be available on October 1 instead of January 1. The deadline is June 1.  Additional information about FAFSA can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes.


The following information and Scholarships exclusively with regard to Arkansas Tech:


Any questions that relate to Arkansas Tech University, please contact Alisa G. Waniewski, Associate Director for Academic Scholarships, Office of Admissions, Brown Hall, Suite 104, 105 West O Street, Russellville, AR 72801. Contact information: phone 479-946-0583 ext. 3401, email awaniewski@atu.edu.


 Music Auditions will be held February 1st and March 2nd. The number for the Music Department is 479-968-0368. Should students be unable to audition on these dates, arrangements can be made by contacting bands@atu.edu or choirs@atu.edu If you are interested in arranging a piano audition, email tsmith@atu.edu

Did you know that students can participate in band or choir at ATU and not be a Music Major? Contact Dr. Dan Belongia (Band) at 479-968-0287 or Dr. Christopher Harris (Choir) at 479-968-0468 for more information or to schedule an audition.


* Time Out for Tech at Arkansas Tech UniversityThursday, February 1, 2018: https://www.atu.edu/admissions/timeout.php

Call 1-800-582-6953 or 1-479-968-0343 for more information.  This is a seniors only event.  Invitations will be mailed in December and pre-registration is required. *This will count as an absence if your student attends this event.

* ATU Freshmen Academic Scholarships: https://www.atu.edu/scholarships/freshman-academic.php

The application for undergraduate admission serves as the scholarship application for ATU Freshmen Academic Scholarships.  An early admit status is required for scholarship consideration.  The priority deadline to apply is November 15, 2017 and the final deadline is February 15, 2018.


* ATU Foundation and Alumni Scholarships: https://www.atu.edu/scholarships/freshman-foundation.php

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017.  


* ATU Foundation Scholarships for students from Yell County: *These are scholarships that must be applied for exclusively through Arkansas Tech University. Dardanelle High School does not have applications to the Foundation Scholarships and does not participate in the decision on who is awarded these scholarships.


-  Heartsill and Polly Bartlett Scholarship: Preference will be given to a student who is traditional, incoming freshman from Pope or Yell County, Arkansas, has a cumulative grade point average from high school of 2.0 or higher, has demonstrated financial need and is planning to attend Arkansas Tech University full-time. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit a letter of application and a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor in addition to a completed ATU Foundation Scholarship Application. This scholarship may be renewable at the discretion of Arkansas Tech University if the recipient is making acceptable academic progress. Scholarships will be awarded each year that funds are sufficient.  Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2018.

-  Judge J. E. Chambers Scholarship: Proceeds from an endowment by the family of the late Judge John E. Chambers provide scholarships for outstanding applicants from Danville, Western Yell County or Dardanelle High Schools. Academic promise and service to school and community will be heavily considered in determining the recipient. Submit ATU Foundation Scholarship Application with three supporting letters of recommendation.  Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2018.

- Russellville Kiwanis Club Jack Holloway / Joe Ray Scholarship This endowed scholarship has been established by the Russellville Kiwanis Club through the Arkansas Tech University Foundation for the purpose of providing scholarships for students attending Arkansas Tech University. Scholarships will be granted each year that funds are sufficient with preference given to students who have graduated from high school in Perry, Yell, Newton or Pope County, have maintained a high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and are planning to attend Arkansas Tech University on a full-time basis. Scholarships will be awarded for a period of one year. However, students may re-apply for subsequent years if they maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at Arkansas Tech University.  Submit ATU Foundation Scholarship Application with three supporting letters of recommendation.  Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2018.



* ATU IME (Institute for Mexicans Abroad) Fellowships: https://www.atu.edu/admissions/docs/IMEFellowship.pdf

A partnership with the Mexican Consulate, the fellowship is a specific program funded for Arkansas Tech University students. Applicants must be Mexican or of Mexican origin to qualify and not be eligible for any other type of scholarship funds or financial aid. Students who are under deferred action status will be given preference. All IME Fellowships are awarded competitively and are based on academic performance and financial need. While the award amounts may vary, the fellowship has a maximum potential value of $5,000 per academic year. Early application is recommended.  Contact the Enrollment Management office at Arkansas Tech University for more information.

* ATU LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Scholarships: http://media.wix.com/ugd/a353c1_cb38b35630f1478e960650a8a89fd7e7.pdf

Please note that the application should be mailed to LULAC Council 750, PO Box 55103, Little Rock AR  72215.  Application deadline is March 31.



Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: One time $500 to a student graduating from Dardanelle enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college. Application deadline January 12. Applications available in Senior Advisory. Applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 208, Dardanelle, AR 72834. For more information call the Chamber Office at 479-229-3328.


 Arkansas Chamber Singers Music / Vocal Scholarship: Available for Arkansas Graduation Senior planning on Majoring in Voice or Music. Two winners will be selected for $1,000 and $500 scholarships. Deadline for application is December 17, 2017. Auditions will be held on January 28, 2018 at 3 pm at St. James United Methodist, Little Rock. For application and further information go to: AR-ChamberSingers.org


Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: One time $500 scholarship to one Dardanelle High School student, payable upon proof of enrollment and acceptance to a college or university. Application Deadline January 12, 2018. Copies of Scholarship application available in Senior Advisory and front office. For further questions contact Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce at 479-229-3328 *Remember, if these are given to me prior to the Christmas Break I will mail these at no cost to the student.


Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas: This group has awarded 362 scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 to Hispanic students in the state of Arkansas. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Arkansas and at least on parent must be Hispanic. A completed application and required documents must be submitted by April 7, 2017. Applications are available in Senior Advisory, or web site www.hwoa.org/Facebook or at the HWOA office in Springdale, Arkansas. For more questions contact this group at 479-751-9494.









2017-2018 Scholarship Comparison Chart








Tuition & Fees







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Academic ScholarshipDeadline

Priority November 15th; Final February 15th

December 1st

June 1st Limited, first-come, first-served

Priority November 15th;Final February 1st

March 1st

January 31st

ACT 19






1250 per semester. Requires GPA 2.7

ACT 20

ACT 21

$500 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1000 per semester. Requires GPA 3.2

ACT 22

$1000 per semester. Requires 3.0 GPA

ACT 23

$1000 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1000 per semester. Requires 3.0-3.24 GPA, 23-36 ACT

$500 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA. Freshmen year only.

ACT 24

$2000 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1500 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1250 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1750 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1750 per semester. Requires GPA 3.5

ACT 25

$3000 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$1500 per semester max housing allowance of $1860 for on-campus housing. Requires 3.25 GPA

$3250 per semester. Requires 3.5 GPA

ACT 26

$1625 per semester max housing allowance of $1860 for on-campus housing. Requires 3.25 GPA.


$3000 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$4000 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

ACT 27

$1750 per semester max housing allowance of $1860 for on-campus housing. Requires 3.25 GPA

$2500 per semester. Requires 3.25-3.49 GPA

$2250 per semester. Requires GPA 3.8

ACT 28

$2250 per semester and max housing allowance of $1860 for on-campus housing. Requires 3.25 GPA.

$4750 per semester. Requires 3.5 GPA

$3500 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

*Scholarships are highly competitive. Basis for awards is dependent upon applicant pool. ACT & GPA are subject to change annually.

$4500 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

ACT 29

$2500 per semester and max housing allowance of $1860 for on-campus housing. Requires 3.25 GPA


ACT 30

$4000 per semester. Requires 3.25-3.49 GPA, 28-36 ACT

$4250 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$5000 per semester. Requires 3.25 GPA

$2750 per semester and max housing allowance of $1860 for on-campus housing. Requires 3.5 GPA

ACT 31

$5500 per semester. Requires 3.5 GPA

ACT 32-36

$7500 per semester, max housing allowance of $1860 and $1500 for board. Requires 3.5 GPA


$1000-$3000 stipend per semester bundled with a qualifying academic scholarship. Requires 3.5 GPA and 27 ACT or top 10% of graduating class. Student must submit an essay for application. Interview is required. Deadline December 1.

Students with a 28ACT and 3.5 GPA are invited to join. To qualify for the A State Scholar scholarship, students must have a30 ACT and 3.5 GPA. Awards are valued at up to $7000 per semester and require a resume, essay and 2 letters of recommendation.

Students with a minimum of 26 on the ACT are eligible. GPA, class rank and essay are taken intoconsideration. No additional scholarship funds are available. Students compete for regular academic scholarships.

Students with a 28ACT and 3.5 GPA are invited to join. To qualify for the Honors Fellowships, students must have a 32 ACT and 3.8 GPA. These awards range from$8750 to $9000 per semester and require an essay and resume.

Students with a 27 ACT are invited to apply for the Honors International Studies Program. Students who have an ACT score of 27 and GPA 3.5 will be eligible for $26,804 over four years, where $6,701 will be allotted toward tuition and fees per year.

Paired with AR Challenge to cover full cost of attendance plus$500 stipend per semester and private room upgrade. Requires3.5 GPA, teacher/counselor recommendation, 2 essays & interview. Deadline January 31.

** All academic scholarship, room, and board rates were obtained from each institution’s Admissions Office or website. Tuition and fee data is collected from ADHE's "2016-17 Annualized Tuition and Fees for Public Four-year Institutions" report based on 15 credit hours. Information for non-academic scholarships is available on each institution’s website. Please keep in mind that there are limited funds available at each institution and all academic scholarships are awarded competitively unless otherwise stated. Updated 7.24.2017.