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Scholarship Corner

Scholarship Information for DHS Seniors and Parents

Contact Ms. Hudgeons for more information about scholarships.

cynthia.hudgeons@dardanellelizards.com

479-229-4655

 

Class of 2021: 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 investigate 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. 

https://arcolleges.weebly.com/

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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:

 
  • August 13 First day of class!
  • September 7 Labor Day Holiday
  • September 15 Parent Teacher Conference
  • November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 18 End of 1st semester!
  • December 21-January 4 Christmas Break
  • January 5 Classes resume
  • January 18 Martin Luther King Day
  • February 15 Presidents Day
  • February 16 Parent Teacher Conference
  • March 22-26 Spring Break
  • April 2 Good Friday
  • May 16, 2021 GRADUATION

 

 

 

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. The deadline is June 1.  Additional information about FAFSA can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes.

 

 

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   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 studentaid.ed.gov.

 

 

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 scholarships.adhe.edu 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 finaid@uca.edu. You may also visit them at uca.edu/financialaid.

 

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 uca.edu/veteranservices, email veteranservices@uca.edu, or call 501-852-2999 if you have questions about services offered.

 

 

 

Available Scholarships: