Dardanelle Public Schools

Dardanelle Public Schools

Scholarship Corner

Scholarship Information for DHS Seniors and Parents

Contact Ms. Hudgeons for more information about scholarships.






Jostens will be here December 10th to take orders for Caps and Gowns and other Senior supplies! No down payment is required for Cap and Gown so EVERY senior needs to place their order. This can be done on-line, or with the order forms provided at December 4 meeting. Simply go to "Step 3", select "Cap and Gown Unit", the cost is $29.95. If one sets aside $5 a month the unit will be paid in full in May. If you have further question or need another packet see your Advisor or one of the Counselors. 



Only 5 days until the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is due! Let's get these done Seniors.


ATU has extended its deadline for Alumni Scholarship applications! If you have not registered to attend ATU do so now at www.go2atu.org. For Alumni Scholarship visit www.atualumni.com 




Congratulation to Brandon Bunton!!!!!!! 2019-2020 DAR Good Citizen. 




Dardanelle Seniors have submitted information for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship along with other scholarships offered through the state of Arkansas. On October 2nd Mr. Sanders, Ms Stottman, Mrs. C. Taylor, and Mr. Vega's advisory groups entered this information. On October 3rd Mrs. Roots, Mr. Keen, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Marple, and Mrs. Wurst entered this information.







November 29th University Honors Deadline

December 15, 2019 Creative Writing Scholarship Contest Deadline


*Failure is NOT an option! 

*Choices Matter


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 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:

  • December 13 Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Application due to the Community Center
  • December 23 - January 3 Christmas Break
  • January 7th  First day of class for 2nd semester
  • January 20th  No Classes
  • January 24th Time out for Tech
  • January 29th ACCUPLACER offered at Dardanelle High School! Cost $15. 
  • February 4th  CAPS Conferences
  • February 4th FAFSA assistance during CAPS
  • February 17th  No Classes
  • March 23-March 27 Spring Break 
  • May 17th  High School 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.





   The following information was sent from UCA and has been given to each Senior Advisor to discuss with students and keep in the Senior Notebook: Our Admission Officer for this year is Blayk Puckett. If you have questions that you wish to discuss with him about UCA please contact him at rpuckett@uca.edu


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.


-Our sincere thanks to Mr. Puckett for sharing the above information with us about UCA!


 UACCM tuition is now $101 /credit hour for in-state students. Scholarships are offered based on ACT or Accuplacer scores. ACT Scholarships start at 19-20: $250 per semester; 21-23 ACT: $500 per semester; 24-25 ACT: $1,000 per semester; 26+ ACT : Tuition waver up to 15 hours. 

Accuplacer test can be taken at UACCM. It cost $15 for the entire test or $5 per section. This is offered on campus M-W 8:30-2:30, Th 8:30-4:30, and F 8:30 - 11am. While appointments are not needed, students planning on taking the an Accuplacer exam need to arrive at the testing site no later than the times listed. If you have questions about the Accuplacer information is in the Senior Notebook in your Advisor's room or you can call a member of the UACCM testing center at 501-977-2053

The new Workforce Training Center is open! This is a 53,000+sq feet building housing HVAC, Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology, Auto Service Technology, and Welding programs. 


-Our sincere thanks to Ms. Nichols for sharing the above information with us about UACCM!



Available Scholarships: 


National Beta Scholarship: Applications accepted November 1 - January 22. Apply at scholarship.betaclub.org 


Arkansas Association of Federal Coordinators (AAFC) is offering a scholarship to high school seniors for the first academic year for full-time students who plan to major in EDUCATION and enroll in an Arkansas College or University including junior colleges, community colleges, and vocational or technical colleges. Student must have at least a 3.0 GPA, exhibit good citizenship, participate in extracurricular activities or service or academic organizations, and plan on a career in Education. Electronic applications are available on www.theaaea.org click Constituent Groups" , " AAFC", the AAFC Scholarship. Senior Advisors also have this information and can provide a copy of the Application. Applications must be received on or before January 10, 2020. These applications are to be mailed to Arkansas Association of Education Administrators, ATTN: Shantele Raper, AAFC Scholarship Chair, 219 South Victory, Little Rock, AR 72201.  


2020 Healthy Active Yell Scholarship.  Applications available in Senior Advisory. This will be a one time $500 scholarship available to a Senior that will graduate from a Yell County High School and is based on Community leadership, activism, and engagement. Applications must arrive to the Healthy Active Yell office on or before March 26, 2020. Applications should be mailed to Healthy Active Yell, PO Box 1217, Danville, AR 72833. 


Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Application: Deadline December 12, 2019. For questions call 479-229-3328. Applications are to be mailed to P.O. Box 208, Dardanelle, AR 72834 or they can be taken directly to The Community Center in Dardanelle. If a completed application is given to Ms. Hudgeons on December 12th or before, she will deliver these for you. Applications will be in ever Senior Advisory. Additional copies will be in the Counselor's Office. 


Creative Writing Scholarship Contest (Arkansas Tech University): Open to any high school senior: Six scholarships will be awarded and can be used at pursue any degree program at Arkansas Tech University. To enter send a poem, small groups of poems, a short story, a novel chapter, or a piece of dramatic writing to the following address: Creative Writing Contest, Department of English & World Languages, 407 Q Street, ATU, Russellville, AR 72801. Please include your name, address, and phone number on the back of each page entered. Electronic entries can be sent to engl@atu.edu. Put Creative Writing Contest in the subject line. For additional information call 479-968-0256. Your advisor has this information if you wish to discuss this with them. Due December 15th.


National School Plant Management Association Scholarship: Any graduating Senior based on financial need, academic achievement. co-curricular participation, community service, and essay response. Applications available in Senior Advisory. Copies should be in Senior Notebook. For questions contact Mike Mertens, Assistant Executive Director 501-372-1691 or m.mertens@theaaea.org

Application deadline is December 15, 2019


A letter sent by Sheriff Bill Gilkey stated we will receive information in the upcoming weeks in regards to the criteria and application process for five scholarships that will be available through the Lt. Kevin Mainhart Memorial Scholarship Program. Each of these five scholarships will be valued at $1,000. 


National 4 YR Scholarships through US Army Cadet Command and Army ROTC Army ROTC offers many ways for you to obtain a college education: *A contracted cadet in our program has the opportunity to receive 100% in tuition and fees or room and board, *$1,200 a year for books, *Monthly tax free stipends over $400 a month. The Partnership for Youth Success (YaYS) program is another way an ROTC cadet can pay for their college and receive training in a civilian career. For more information contact Roslyn Tillman, Recruiting Operations Officer UCA at rtillman@uca.edu


Hagan Scholarship Foundation application APPLICATION DEADLINE PASSED and web site www.hsfmo.org application deadline is November 15th! Must be a U.S.Citizen, have a 3.75 GPA or better, have 24 Composite on ACT, enroll in college the fall after high school graduation. For questions and more information visit the website listed above or email scholarships@hsfmo.org


The American Legion: Must be children, grandchildren, or great-grand children of American Legionnaires in good standing of 2 or more consecutive years' membership, resident of Arkansas, have a character reference, and more. Application deadline is March 13, 2020. See information in your Senior Notebook or call 501-375-1104. Website is www.arlegion.org 


Prudential Spirit of the Community Award. APPLICATION DEADLINE PASSED Applications may be submitted to spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit. Students in grades 5-12 as of November 5, 2019, and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia, students who have participated in volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2018, and students who completes the application required prior to November 5, 2019 will be eligible. For application questions or to request a paper application call 888-651-2951.


The American Legion High School Oratorical Contest will take place February 29, 2020. $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place! For more information call 1-877-243-9799 or 1-501-375-1104. The web site is http://www.arlegion.org/programs/oratorical.html or you can email alegion@swbell.net  A hard copy of the Contest Application is in each Advisory Senior Notebook. 





 All things ATU:



Time Out for Tech at Arkansas Tech University: Thursday, January 24, 2019


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.


ATU Freshmen Academic Scholarships


The undergraduate application for 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, 2019, and the final deadline is February 15, 2020. The national February ACT exam is the last results accepted for freshmen academic scholarship consideration.



ATU Concurrent Scholarships

A student who has earned concurrent credit from Arkansas Tech University as a high school student is eligible for a Concurrent Scholarship as an incoming freshman on the Russellville or Ozark campus.  The scholarship is a one-time award on the Ozark campus and a renewable award on the Russellville campus.  Contact the ATU Admissions Office for additional information.


Arkansas Tech University Freshman Academic Scholarships for Fall 2019 (Russellville Campus)



Annual Award Amount

University Honors Stipend




ACT score of 27-36 (or 1260-1600 New SAT score) OR top 10 percent of graduating class & 3.5 GPA

Essay and interview required.


$2,000 to $6,000 stipend bundled with qualifying academic scholarship award

Deadline for University Honors consideration: Noon on November 30, 2018


Board of Trustees Scholarship

30-36 ACT & 3.00 GPA

(or 1360-1600 New SAT)



Presidential Scholarship

28-29 ACT & 3.00 GPA

(or 1300-1350 New SAT)



University Scholarship

26-27 ACT & 3.0 GPA

(or 1230-1290 New SAT)



Deans Scholarship

25 ACT & 3.00 GPA

(or 1200-1220 New SAT)



Academic Excellence Scholarship

24 ACT & 3.00 GPA

(or 1160-1190 New SAT)



Green & Gold Scholarship

23 ACT & 3.00 GPA

(or 1130-1150 New SAT)



Incentive Scholarship

21-22 ACT & 3.00 GPA

(or 1060-1120 New SAT)



Leadership Scholarship

17-20 ACT

(or 920-1050 New SAT)

Limited number awarded competitively.


Deadline for above: Priority Deadline – November 15, 2018 / Final Deadline – February 15, 2019

Advanced Scholars Stipend

Recognized by the State as a Governor’s Distinguished Scholar

$2,000 stipend bundled with a qualifying academic scholarship

Concurrent Scholarship

Earned concurrent credit from ATU as a high school student and admitted on the Russellville campus as an incoming freshman



ATU Foundation and Alumni Scholarships


The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. 

ATU Foundation Scholarships for students from Yell County:

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, 2019.

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, 2019.

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, 2019.


ATU Creative Writing Contest


Six scholarships worth up to $1500 will be awarded.  Entries for the 2019 contest must be submitted by December 15, 2019.


ATU IME (Institute for Mexicans Abroad) Fellowships


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. 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 Advancement Office at Arkansas Tech University for more information.  Awards will be made each year that funding is available.


ATU LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Scholarships


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