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Scholarship Corner

Scholarship Information for DHS Seniors and Parents

Contact Ms. Hudgeons for more information about scholarships.





This year ALL scholarship information is emailed directly to every member of the 2021 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. 



Sam King DAR Scholarship Recipient.

Caleb Reeves Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipient. 

Joseph Morris National Merit Finalist!

Joseph Morris Innovation Industry Scholarship Recipient!

Lilly Hunt Wayne Farms Scholarship Recipient!



Please scroll to the bottom of this page to Available Scholarships for more information.




Textbook Broker Book Scholarship: May 15th is the last day to submit online application for Textbook Brokers Book Scholarship at ATU. Email has been forwarded to all member of the Senior Class and their Advisors. Questions can be directed to djohnson@textbookbrokers





Text Book Broker in Conway Scholarship Opportunity:

My name is Michael Wilson. I am the manager of Textbook Brokers in Conway, AR. I wanted to reach out to school counselors who will have high school students attending UCA, CBC or UACCM in Fall 2021.  I have provided a link for students to fill out their information for a chance to win a Textbook Scholarship for Fall 2021. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of books for the Fall 2021 semester. We will choose 2 winners at UCA and UACCM then one winner for CBC. We will announce the winners on Facebook and Instagram, May 15th 2021. Students can also visit our website www.conwaybooks.com and fill out the scholarship form under our "info" tab. One entry person.


Michael Wilson
Textbook Brokers
National Vietnam Veteran organization, the Tan Son Nhut Association, is offering two $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are direct descendants of one who served in Vietnam and who plan to continue their education at any accredited college or university in the Fall of 2021.

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2021.

The link to the application form and complete information about the scholarship is here:
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If you are not a counselor in your school, please forward this information to your high school counselors and help them identify students who are eligible.

I am the chair of the TSNA Scholarship Committee.  And by the way ... a student from Arkansas was awarded one of the scholarships last year.

Thanks for your help.

Contact me by email or cell phone at 870-219-8210 if you have questions.

Rich Carvell




Please read the following information from the University of Arkansas!!!

I hope this message finds you well. Here are more updates for the University of Arkansas and the incoming class of 2021. For admission purposes: Students with a 3.2 will be admitted regardless of test scores. Also, students that apply by October 1st, 2020 will be entered/eligible to win one of 25 $3,000 one-time awards/scholarships; these are stackable with our academic scholarships. Scholarships: Priority deadline December 1st, 2020 and final deadline is February 1st, 2021 to allow for the February test (see attachment). Please take a look at the resources included here and share with your peers and students. Please encourage your students to take advantage of our virtual offerings!


You Can At Arkansas


Scholarship and Financial Aid Process:



UofA Academic Colleges Intro (playlist):





Rafael Arciga Garcia, M.Ed.

Associate Director for Diversity Recruitment

Office of Admissions

Enrollment Services | University of Arkansas 

Phone 479-575-2571 rarciga@uark.edu  

Schedule a chat: Virtual Chat






We are excited to introduce https://uaccm.financialaidtv.com/.  These short videos are designed to help educate students and parents about applying for federal financial aid.  The videos are not UACCM specific, so please take a look at this and see what you might learn!





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. 





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:

  • April 2 Good Friday
  • May 15, 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.





   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: 


River Valley Progressive Men's Club Scholarships! Applications have been sent via email to all members of the Class of 2021 and their advisors. Completed applications need to be mailed to: RVPMC, P.O. Box 1562, Russellville, AR 72811. If you have questions please contact AJ Cunningham at 479-567-4492. These completed applications need to be received on or before April 4, 2021.


Northeast Yell County Water Association Scholarship. Applications must be received at the Northeast Yell County Water Office no late than noon April 8th. This is a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior enrolled in a 2 or a 4 year college. They are targeting, but not limited to, students with a GPA between 2.0-3.0 who need financial assistance. The student's family or family member must be a member of the Northeast Yell County Water Association. Applications are to be mailed to Northeast Yell County Water Office, 2443 State HWY 22 West, Dardanelle, AR 72834 OR they can be emailed to neycw@yahoo.com. Information and application was emailed to all Seniors. 


Lt Kevin Mainhart Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student from each school district in Yell County and one Public Employee Family Scholarship offered to a student with a parent that is a public employee in Yell County to honor the legacy of Lt. Kevin Mainhart. Applications due April 20 to Yell County Law Enforcement Center at 201 E. 5th Street, Danville, AR


Junior Auxiliary of Yell County Scholarship: $1,000 Scholarship to a Yell County resident graduating from a Yell County High School with a 2.75 GPA or better. Considerations made for students with financial need, scholarship excellence, and participation in campus and community activities. All questions can be directed to Jackie Holt at 479-970-3923.  All Senior class members and all Senior Advisors were email this information and an application to print and complete. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 9, 2021. Completed applications are to be mailed to Junior Auxiliary of Yell County ATTN: Jackie Holt, P.O. Box 753, Dardanelle, AR 72834 or emailed to jbreash@yahoo.com.


Text Book Broker of ATU Scholarship applications being accepted up to May 15, 2021. Applications are online and included in the email sent to all members of the Senior Class and their Advisors. Questions can be directed to Textbook Brokers located at 1400 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72801, or email djohnson@textbookbrokers


Text Book Broker of Conway Scholarship Opportunity: High school students attending UCA, CBC or UACCM in Fall 2021.  I have provided a link for students to fill out their information for a chance to win a Textbook Scholarship for Fall 2021. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of books for the Fall 2021 semester. We will choose 2 winners at UCA and UACCM then one winner for CBC. We will announce the winners on Facebook and Instagram, May 15th 2021. Students can also visit our website www.conwaybooks.com and fill out the scholarship form under our "info" tab. One entry person.
Michael Wilson,TextbookBrokers,501-336-0166
Wayne Farms LLC Scholarship. This is a scholarship opportunity for Senior Class members who are children or grandchildren of Wayne Farms' employees and producers based on their academic accomplishments. To be considered for this scholarship the completed application and the required documents need to be mailed to Nancy Frick at Wayne Farms LLC, P.O. Box 909, Danville, AR 72833. This can also be hand delivered to Wayne Farms administration office. Applications must be in the Danville office on or before April 16, 2021.


Shelter Insurance Foundation Scholarship! $2,000 value. Student must complete the application sent through email and mail COMPLETED application to Shelter Insurance, P.O. Box 1617, Danville, AR 72833. Or Student may take the COMPLETED application directly to the Danville office. If you have questions please contact Bradly Bland at 479-495-2217. These completed applications need to be received at the Danville office on or before the close of business March 31st. 


Native American Scholarship Award to a Graduating Senior of May 2021. This is being offered  by the American Indian Center of Arkansas. Application deadline is April 30, 2021. Applicants must be of documentable Native American descent from a federally recognized tribe. The documentation required is a CDIB card or tribal enrollment documentation from a federal recognized tribe. A copy must be furnished with the application. All questions pertaining to the scholarship program can be directed to the American Indian Center of Arkansas at 201-666-9032.


Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is offering a $2,000 to superior high school seniors. Student must enrolled in a 4-5 year accredited architectural or engineering curriculum based school, majoring in architecture or construction related engineering, United States Citizenship or permanent visa to the United States, and have the completed application package submitted to the address provided no later than April 9, 2021.  All questions concerning this application are to be directed to Al Rein at 501-340-1065 (Albert.G.Rein@usace.army.mil) All members of the Senior Class and all Senior Advisors have been emailed this information along with the scholarship application and information on where/how to submit the application.


Yell County Farm Bureau Scholarship. $500 per semester for up to 4 years meaning this scholarship has potential value of $4,000. Must be a Yell County Resident, enrolled in a University in Arkansas (preference given to agriculture and family & consumer science majors), and must be a child/grandchild/or member themselves of Yell County Farm Bureau. Applications have been emailed to all members of the Senior Class to print off and complete. Applications must be in the Farm Bureau Office in Danville or Dardanelle on or before April 15, 2021. Completed applications can be taken directly to either office, or can be mailed to Yell County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, PO Box 458, Danville, AR 72833. All question need to be directed to that office at 479-495-2617 or to Chairman Michael Witt at 479-477-0909.


Sand Lizard Foundation Scholarship: This is up to $1,000 for a Dardanelle Senior with 2.0 GPA or above, dedicated to Dardanelle schools and community, registered for college/technical school/continuing education institution. Applications have been emailed to all Seniors to print off and complete. Completed applications are to be mailed to Sand Lizard Foundation Scholarship, P.O. Box 454, Dardanelle, AR 72834.


Cultural Heritage Club Scholarship! One time $500 scholarship for current members of Dardanelle Cultural Heritage Club. Requirements include at least a 2.5 GPA, a completed application, a current transcript, and 1 Recommendation Letter from a Dardanelle High School Teacher. Applications due no later than March 15, 2021. Applications are to be handed to Mrs. Lauren Taylor at Dardanelle High School. This application has been emailed to all seniors to print off and complete.


Jan George Memorial Scholarship: Up to $1,000 for seniors registered to college, technical school, or other continuing education institution, GPA of 2.0 or above. Information and application emailed to senior and is available on the Virtual Counselor Office. Completed applications are to be turned in at the Counselor's Office in the High School. Application deadline March 19, 2021


Cowger Scholarship: Up to $525 for a Dardanelle High School Senior. Preference given to those planning to attend a two year college or  specialty vocational school, preference also given to seniors not anticipating other significate scholarship money. GPA must be 2.5 or better. Completed applications are to be submitted to the High School Counselor Office before the end of the school day March 19, 2021. Information and application was emailed to all Seniors. This is also available in the Virtual Counselor Office.


Jim Ed McGee Book Scholarship: Dardanelle Rotary will award 2 book scholarships to a graduating Senior who is enrolled or will soon be enrolled in a 2 year or 4 year college / technical school. These scholarships will be $200 each. Completed applications are to be submitted to the High School Counselor Office before the end of the school day March 19, 2021. Information and application was emailed to all Seniors. This application is also available on the Virtual Counselor Office. 



Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Deadline passed! Application Deadline December 31,2021. This is a one time $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to 9 students. Visit  https://www.arksportshalloffame.com/scholarships for specific instruction for application and qualification. 



Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Deadline passed. Not yet awarded. This is a one time $500 scholarship to one Dardanelle High School student payable upon proof and acceptance and enrollment to a college or university. Application deadline December 11th. Printable copy of Application available on Counselor's Virtual Office. Also this was emailed to all members of the Senior Class and all Senior advisors.  Awarded to Caleb Reeves! 


 National School Plant Management Scholarship. For students seeking Engineering Degree through Technical/Trade certification or Associates or Bachelor of Facilities/Engineering degree. Deadline passed Scholarship will range from $500 - $1,500. Application deadline is December 15th. More information in email sent to all members of the Senior Class and to Senior Advisors. Link for application emailed to all members of Senior Class and Senior Advisors. Also available in Virtual Counselor Office.