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Scholarship Corner

Scholarship Information for DHS Seniors and Parents

Contact Ms. Hudgeons for more information about scholarships.






Congratulations to the Class of 2018!!!!


2018 Youth Conservation Corps have summer job opportunities at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. This is for youth 15-18 years of age.

Call 479-229-4300 or email hollabend@fws.gov



If you have received an email concerning FAFSA and have questions or concerns, please contact the Financial Aid Office of the school in which you plan to attend as soon as possible in order to ensure financial assistance will be provided.








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.


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



  • 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.





   Lea Ellen Witt Scholarship. Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients: Hallie Wear, Tate Vestal, Destiny Everette, Zariya Williams, Ceceilia Gooch. 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.


Cowger Scholarship: Congratulations to Sydnie Summers for being awarded this scholarship. This is a one time $700 scholarship established by the Cowger Family to be awarded to a graduating Dardanelle High School senior planning to attend a 2 year or 4 year post graduate institution. Information and applications in Senior Advisory. Applications due April 27.




Jim Ed McGee Book Scholarship: Congratulations to Reyna Gomez and Stephanie Martinez!!! Offered by Dardanelle Rotary Club, this is a one time $250 Scholarship given to 2 graduating seniors from Dardanelle High School. Information and application available in Senior Advisory. Applications due April 20th.


Sonny Smith Foundation Scholarship: Congratulations to Zariya Williams for being awarded this scholarship! Open to all Arkansas Seniors with a GPA of 2.7 or above and an ACT composite score of 18 or above who will be going in to Law Enforcement, EMT, Nursing, or Fire Fighters. Senior advisors have this information or visit www.sonnysmithfoundation.com


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 Zariya Williams was awarded this scholarship!!!!!

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 was March 29th.


Northeast Yell County Water Scholarship. This is a one time $1,000 scholarship that will be given to a graduating Dardanelle Senior who is enrolled in college. The student's family or family member must be a member of the Northeast Yell County Water Association. This group is targeting students with a 2.0 - 3.0 GPA who is in need of financial assistance. Get application from Senior Advisor. Return the application to Ms. Hudgeons, Dardanelle High School Counselor upon completion to submit. Application deadline is April 6th. ***Congratulations Emily Alexander!!!!!! And thank you to the Northeast Yell County Water Scholarship for investing in this outstanding Dardanelle High School Senior! Emily plans to attend UACCM this fall.


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: Congratulations to the recipients of this scholarship: Elyas Carter, Nancy Navarrete, Tate Vestal, and Hallie Wear. A one-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to 3 Dardanelle High School Seniors. Application materials were 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:  Congratulations Erin Hatcher. 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.  




 Arkansas School Plant Management Association Scholarship has been awarded to: Tate Vestal! Congratulations Tate!


Shelter Insurance Scholarship: Senior Advisors have both a copy for Senior Notebook and an emailed copy of this application if interested. Application Deadline was March 30. **Congratulations to Tate Vestal for being selected for this scholarship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



DAR Good Citizen Scholarship -Brittney Keys ($250)


JROTC Scholarship - Austin McHaffe Sharp ($500)


ConAgra Scholarship - Zariya Williams ($4,000) 


Innovation Industries Scholarship - Tyler Kendrick ($500)


Chamber of Commerce Scholarship - Calee Parsons ($500)


Private Incentive Scholarship $200 each to: Chase Hickey, Ethan Innis, Dalton Kneeland, Zariya Williams









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.


 Annual 2,500.00 Scholarship for high school