Scholarship Corner

Scholarship Information and more for DHS Seniors and Parents



Arkansas Tech will be hosting a Financial Aid Information Session in Doc Bryan Lecture Hall on Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 5:30-6:30 in the evening. All Seniors planning on attending college in the state of Arkansas and their parents are encouraged to attend!


Air National Guard Recruiter, SSgt Nathan Kinchen, will be outside at the pavilion area during both lunch periods September 21. If you or your parents have any questions about this military branch plan to stop by for a visit. if you have a specific question or need information email


This year ALL scholarship information is emailed directly to every member of the 2022 Senior Class, all Senior Advisors, and Senior English/CCR teachers! Many that have been emailed are not on this site as space is limited. For more information about any of the below and more please visit Dardanelle High School Virtual Counselor Office. Mr. Hettinga has created an amazing and interactive office for our students an parents. 




Class of 2022: Let's get this year started!


Questions for Seniors / Parents to Consider


1. College

A. Have you taken ACT?

B. Have you applied for College?

C. Have you investigated or spoken with the College about financial Aid?


2. Military

A. Which Military Branch is best for your goal/plan?

B. Have you met with / spoken with a Military Recruiter?

C. Have you made arrangements to take the ASVAB? 


3. Workforce

A. Where to you hope to work after high school graduation?

B. Have you spoken with someone who works at this establishment about pay/application?

C. Are you working toward requirements necessary for this job?






**Failure is NOT an option! 

*Choices Matter

*Study Smart

*Find your reason

*Motivation Matters



For information about Arkansas Colleges, click on here and search. This link was provided by a group of students from last year's EAST.




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 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 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 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: Email the request to Ms. Hudgeons:



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.


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

  • September 14: Parent Teacher Conferences. 
  • September 23: Financial Aid meeting at ATU 5:30-6:30 PM
  • September 25: Saturday Showcase at ATU! All Juniors and Seniors welcome!
  • Week of September 27 Civics Exam (Graduation requirement!)
  • October 1; Window opens for FAFSA. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid office of the college you wish to attend for assistance with this! 
  • October 1: Window opens for Arkansas Department of Higher Education Scholarships. These will be done with Miss McCurdy the week of October 11!
  • October 6 Jostens to present about required Cap and Gown and Senior items during Advisory.
  • October 12 Jostens in High School Cafeteria 3:30-6:30 to take orders.
  • October 20: ASVAB 8AM / sign up in high school office / no cost to student
  • October 29: No Class
  • November 4: Time Out for Tech
  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 7: Jostens in High School Lobby during lunch to complete Cap and Gown orders.
  • December 15: Semester Test for 2,4,6 *Must be in class all day!
  • December 16: Semester Test for 1,3,5,7 *Must be in class all day!
  • December 20 - January 3: Christmas Break
  • January 4: First day of Semester 2!
  • January 17: No Class
  • January 28: Credit Recovery starts: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:30-6:30
  • February 15: CAPS Conference. Financial Aid officers on campus for those who have not completed FAFSA
  • February 21: No Class
  • March 8: Last day of Credit Recovery
  • March 17: Have any/all community scholarships submitted to the organizations offered these. 
  • March 21-25: Spring Break
  • April 9: Prom
  • April 15: No Class
  • May 3: Celebration of Achievement (High School Gym)
  • May 4: Senior Semester Exams. *Must be in class all day!
  • May 13: Graduation Practice in safe room.
  • May 15, 2022: GRADUATION, 2PM, Tucker Coliseum (ATU, Russellville)




With regard to ADHE programs, please note the following:

Additional Resources:

Federal Student Aid:

Arkansas Student Loan Authority:

College Fairs Online: 


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

*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. The deadline is June 1.  Additional information about FAFSA can be found at





   Q & A: 


What is Federal Financial Aid? Federal financial aid is one of the more important sources of funding for college students. By using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may be considered for several types of federal aid, including: 

Grants: Financial aid that does NOT have to be repaid, unless you withdraw from school.

Loans: Borrowed money that must be repaid with interest.

Work-Study: A work program through which you my earn money to help pay for school.

To learn more about federal student aid and how it works visit



What should I know about scholarships?

Scholarships are another popular way to fund a higher education. They range from one-time payouts to renewable scholarships that can be awarded every year. Types of scholarships include:

Academic: Requires specific ACT score or GPA requirement for consideration.

Performance: Typically require students to try our for funding; these include but are not limited to instrumental, vocal, theater, athletics, etc.

State: Many states provide scholarship opportunities for their residents; in Arkansas, its known as the Academic Challenge / Lottery Scholarship.

Visit for information about scholarships and programs sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Nonprofit or private: A number of organizations offer scholarships to students based in need, participation, or a host of other criteria yearly.


Important to keep in mind: 

-You should NEVER pay a fee to be considered for a scholarship or aid!

-Start the scholarship search process early so you don't miss deadlines.

-Look at all requirements for maintaining your federal aid and/or scholarships.

For information about financial aid or UCA's scholarship opportunities, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 501-450-3140 or You may also visit them at aid.


Can I receive Military related funding, benefits, or discounts?

Active duty, National Guard, retired military, Veterans, disabled Veterans, or their dependents may be eligible for funding through the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB).

UCA's Veteran Services is dedicated to supporting the military personnel, veterans, and their dependents with currently established MGIB benefits, including but not limited to additional advising and information regarding military benefits and military scholarships. Visit services, email, or call 501-852-2999 if you have questions about services offered.




Available Scholarships: 


Coca-Cola Scholars Program: Application, eligibility, information on Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation web site.

Application Deadline October 31, 2021


Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship: Application, eligibility, information about the Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship on website. Application Deadline October 31, 2021


Thea Scholarship Program for Arkansas High School Seniors for Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Film, Fashion Design. 



Pursuing a Positive Impact Scholarship - $3,000 (Deadline October 31, 2021)


-Minimum GPA 3.0

-Submit a 1,000-word essay response to the prompt: In what ways do you try to activate positive change in your community, and what inspires you to do so?



Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards - $3,500 (Deadline November 14, 2021)


-Currently enrolled in high school and graduate in Spring 2022

-Minimum 3.0 GPA



Concerto High School Musicians Scholarship - $2,500 (Deadline November 15, 2021)


-High School musician (grades -12). String, piano, and harp players are eligible


Overachievers Student Grant - $12,500 (Deadline November 15, 2021)


Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship - $1,000 (Deadline November 30, 2021)


-Be enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college or university

-Have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry and demonstrate financial need



Be Bold Scholarship (Deadline September 30, 2021)


-Senior planning on enrolling in college by fall of 2022

-Have a GPA of at least 2.5



Nitro Scholarship - $2,000 (Deadline September 30, 2021)



NACME Scholarships - $5,000 (Deadline October 30, 2021


-Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic-American or Native/American Indian

-Planning on studying in the fields of engineering or computer science


Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest - $2,000 Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Eligibility: -Must be a high school senior preparing to enter freshman year of college or university -Must reside in one of these three states: Tennessee, Mississippi or Arkansas -Must be a U.S. citizen -May not be related to any employee or sitting board member of the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.


  • Scholarship Committee
  • P.O. Box 774
  • Grand Junction, TN 38039
  • tel: 731-764-2058
  • fax: 731-764-3004

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship

Arkansas Chamber Singers Music Vocal Scholarship

Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship

Dixie Youth Softball Scholarship