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Scholarship Information for DHS Seniors and Parents

Contact Ms. Hudgeons for more information about scholarships.





Spring Break is March 19-23. Please be safe and ENJOY your break!



If your SENIOR has not ordered a cap and gown for graduation: They need to do so as soon as is possible. Jostens is located at 614 W. Main in Russellville. The number is 479-968-3269


I had an opportunity to visit UACCM. If you have not been on that campus recently, I encourage you to go and look around. They are near completion of a new state of the art building that will house Auto, Welding, AC Heating & Refrigeration, Industrial Maintenance, Training Centers and more. This facility is something that is literally as current as anything nationally. March 10th UACCM will offer food, tours, personal visits with instructors in your area of interest, tours, assistance with financial aid, and opportunities to win scholarships. If your student (no matter what grade) is interested affordable programs and/or degrees or if you are interested: I strongly encourage you to attend on this day. It is a 32 mile drive that could lead to a lifetime of unlimited opportunity! 


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.


Arkansas Challenge in 4 Steps:

1. Score 19 composite in ACT

2. Submit the YOUniversal application at scholarships.adhe.edu and complete FAFSA.

3. Watch personal email for verification that you successfully applied.

4. Check personal email from time to time for additional requests and to accept any award.

*Remember, all Senior advisors took Seniors to a lab to fill our YOUniversal in October.


Seniors need to begin the process of finding out what is required to submit information for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The web address is www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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.


FAFSA in 4 Steps:

1. Enter financial information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

2. Choose the college in which you plan to attend to receive your results.

3. Parent & Student both sign the FAFSA using FSA IDs.

4. Watch your personal email for additional information.

*Any Financial Aid Office can AND will gladly sit with you and your parent to fill this out! The number to the Arkansas Tech Financial Aid office is 479-968-0399.


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:


  • March 19 - 23 SPRING BREAK!
  • March 30 - No Classes
  • April 1 Application Deadline for UACCM
  • 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.


Spirit Squad Tryouts!!! www.atu.edu/spirit/tryout.php  For more information call 479-968-0276 or send an email to spiritsquads@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.



* 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.







Arkansas School Plant Management Association Scholarship Program: Application Deadline is April 2, 2018. This is for any high school senior planning to attend a College/University, Vocational-Technical or Trade School is eligible to apply. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or better, and at least a 19 ACT Composite. **Senior Advisors have copies of this application and the information for the application. Completed applications need to be mailed to: ASPMA Scholarship Program, AAEA, 219 South Victory, Little Rock, AR 72201 or it can be faxed to: 501-372-2807.


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.


Lea Ellen Witt Scholarship. Applications and information are with Senior Advisors. When this application is complete, give it to your advisor to bring to the Counselor's office or bring it to the Counselor's office yourself. Ms. Hudgeons will attach the required transcript and get this information to the family in order for them to decide the recipients. Application Deadline April 13.


AASFAA Scholarship: At least 2 scholarships will be awarded by The Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Applications must be postmarked by March 29, 2018. For more information visit http://aasfaa.net/StudentsandParents/ScholarshipApplicationForm.aspx


River Valley Progressive Men's Club Scholarships: Eddie Colen Jr. Academic Scholarship: $500: 2.5 GPA and 17 ACT or higher

William Early Kellybrew Sr. Academic Scholarship: $500: 2.5 GPA and 17 ACT or higher

RVPMC Academic Scholarship: $500: 2.5 GPA and 17 ACT or higher

Corliss Williamson Athletic Scholarship: $500: 2.0 GPA and 17 ACT or higher

Application is available in Senior Advisory for RVPMC Scholarships. Upon completion of this application, they are to be mailed to River Valley Progressive Men's Club, P.O. Box 1562, Russellville, AR 72811. For more information call AJ Cunningham at 479-567-4492. Application deadline is March 29th.


Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) Student Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for students enrolled in the field of public health at an Arkansas school who has a 3.0 GPA or higher....for more information visit http://www.arkpublichealth.org/memberships/apha-scholarships/ Application deadline April 15th.


Law Offices of Alan LeVar: Announces the 3rdannual $2,500 scholarship for high school seniors in Arkansas. The Safe School Scholarship will be awarded to a student who creates a unique and informative video highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. For more information contact the Law Offices of Alan Levar: 501-708-4833 or email levarlawoffice@gmail.com. Senior Advisors have the forwarded email with a web sit and application. Materials must be emailed no later than June 30,2018. 


The Society of American Military Engineers if offering a scholarship for up to $2,000.00. This is for graduating Seniors who will be majoring in a program of agricultural or construction related engineering program. Application Deadline is May 21, 2018. Please see your Senior Advisor for an application. Questions regarding these scholarships can be directed to Al Rein at 501-340-1065 or AlbertG.Rein@usace.army.mil


Brad Wear Memorial Scholarship: A one-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to 3 Dardanelle High School Seniors. Application materials are due April 2, 2018 and may be sent to Kathryn Roy at Dardanelle Middle School or mailed to: Brad Wear Memorial Scholarship, c/o Kathryn Roy, 103 Whippoorwill Lane, Ola, Arkansas 72835. Applications are available in Senior Advisory Rooms.


Yell County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund: This is for Seniors who are residents of Yell County, the child/grandchild/or member of Yell County Farm Bureau. Preference given to Agricultural and Family and Consumer Science Majors. Application Deadline is April 15th. A typed letter of application, High School transcript, 2 letters of reference, and the name or membership number will be required. See your Senior advisor for a copy of the application process. Further questions can be directed to Richard Gray at 49-576-2721.  


Wayne Farms LLC: Dardanelle High School Seniors who are children and grandchildren of Wayne Farms employees and producers are eligible to win a scholarship to help further their education. Advisors have copies of the application. For further questions call 479-495-4400. Application deadline is April 13th. Applications can be mailed to Wayne Farms, c/o Nancy Frick, PO Box 909, HWY 10 East, Danville, AR 72833.


Native American Scholarship Award: This scholarship of $500 is for a graduating Senior of May 2018. Must be of documental Native American descent from a Federally recognized tribe. For more information contact the American Indian Center of Arkansas at

1-800-441-4513 or visit their web site at www.arindianctr.org

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018


Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: This is a scholarship for Minority Students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need in order to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice, ACT score of 21, be a United States citizen. Senior Advisors have this information if needed.


Farm Credit Scholarship: Applicants must be a current member or the child or grandchild of a current member (Active loans of 12-01-17) Immediate family members of current Farm Credit of Western Arkansas directors and employees are not eligible.  For more information see your Senior Advisor. Application Deadline Friday, March 2.  


Shelter Insurance Scholarship: Senior Advisors have both a copy for Senior Notebook and an emailed copy of this application if interested. Application Deadline: March 30.


American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships:  www.auxillary.arlegion.org ALA Department of Arkansas Academic Scholarship

ALA Department of Arkansas Nursing Scholarship

ALA Children of Warriors National President Scholarship

ALA Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior Members

American Legion Auxillary National Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

American Legion Department of AR Coudret Trust & Garner Trust Scholarships

American Legion National Legacy Scholarship

Questions call Jean Leek at Department Headquarters 501-374-5836 or email ALA.ArkansasSecretary@yahoo.com


Anne Pressly Scholarship Endowment and more:

Visit Arkansas Community Foundation at www.arcf.org  There are NUMEROUS scholarships on this site that our students qualify for! Yell County is considered the West Central Region. Questions concerning Anne Pressly Scholarship or others can be directed to 501-372-1116









2017-2018 Scholarship Comparison Chart








Tuition & Fees







Room & Board














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.


 Annual 2,500.00 Scholarship for high school