Prestigious Fellowships

The University of Arkansas offers approximately 90 prestigious fellowships per year. The fellowships are given in one of four different programs: Honors College Fellowships, established in 2002; Bodenhamer Fellowships, established in 1998; Sturgis Fellowships, established in 1985; and Boyer Fellowships, established in 2000. The prestigious fellowships are among the most competitive in the nation and are awarded to the top 2 percent of students. U of A Fellowships are awarded competitively. Students who wish to apply should visit the Honors College website.

Name Annual Award Eligibility Criteria Application Procedure Renewal Criteria
Honors College Fellowship$17,500 per year and includes partial out-of-state tuition differential based on hours enrolled.32 ACT/1400 SAT (Pre-March 2016) or 1450 SAT (Redesigned SAT) and 3.80 GPA or higher. Strong academic curriculum and exceptional academic performance. Letters of recommendation required. Competitively awarded.Requires application for admission along with the Honors College Fellowship application Priority Deadline: November 15 (Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline) Final Deadline: February 1Cumulative 3.00 GPA and 30 hours earned by the end of the second semester of each academic year. Renewable for 4 years or 8 semesters total. (For programs with degree plans longer than 4 years, extra semester(s) of funding may be available.)
Bodenhamer Fellowship$17,500 per year and includes partial out-of-state tuition differential based on hours enrolled.32 ACT/1400 SAT (Pre-March 2016) or 1450 SAT (Redesigned SAT) and 3.80 GPA or higher. Strong academic curriculum and exceptional academic performance. Demonstrated leadership. Letters of recommendation required. Competitively awarded.Requires application for admission along with the Honors College Fellowship application. Priority Deadline: November 15 (Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline) Final Deadline: February 1Cumulative 3.00 GPA and 30 hours earned by the end of the second semester of each academic year. 4 years or 8 semesters total. Renewable for 4 years or 8 semesters total. (For programs with degree plans longer than 4 years, extra semester(s) of funding may be available.)
Sturgis Fellowship $17,500 per year and includes partial out-of-state tuition differential based on hours enrolled.For majors in Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences. 32 ACT/1400 SAT (Pre-March 2016) or 1450 SAT (Redesigned SAT) and 3.80 GPA or higher. Strong academic curriculum and exceptional academic performance. Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and creative pursuits. Letters of recommendation required. Competitively awarded.Requires application for admission along with the Honors College Fellowship application. Priority Deadline: November 15 (Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline) Final Deadline: February 1Cumulative 3.00 GPA and 30 hours earned by the end of the second semester of each academic year. Renewable for 4 years or 8 semesters total.
Boyer Fellowship$18,000 per yearFor majors in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. 32 ACT/1400 SAT (Pre-March 2016) or 1450 SAT (Redesigned SAT) and 3.75 GPA or higher OR National Merit or National Achievement semifinalist. Strong academic curriculum and exceptional academic performance. Letters of recommendation required. FAFSA demonstrated financial need required. Graduation from an Arkansas high school and Arkansas residency required. Competitively awarded.Requires application for admission along with the Honors College Fellowship application (honorscollege.uark.edu). Priority Deadline: November 15 (Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline) Final Deadline: February 1Cumulative 3.50 GPA, good standing In the honors program and 30 hours earned by the end of the second semester of each academic year. Renewable for 4 years or 8 semesters total.

Academic Scholarships

A number of academic scholarships also are awarded to entering freshmen. Selection criteria include national test scores (ACT or SAT), grade-point average, National Merit or National Achievement recognition, quality and quantity of courses taken, application materials, and other pertinent factors. For online information, go to scholarships.uark.edu. Transfer student scholarships are awarded to students transferring from two-year colleges in Arkansas in conjunction with the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges’ (AATYC) Academic All-Star program. Nominations are submitted to the AATYC and recognized at their annual conference. Additional transfer student scholarships are also available. See scholarships.uark.edu.

Name Annual Award Eligibility Criteria Application Procedure Renewal Criteria
Chancellor's Merit ScholarshipUp to $10,000, plus the amount of either a Corporate or a UofA National Merit Scholarship, per year toward the direct cost of education, includes partial out-of-state tuition differentialNational Merit or National Achievement finalists. Exceptional academic performance. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Cumulative 3.00 GPA and 30 hours earned by the end of the second semester of each award year. 4 years or 8 semesters total (5 years for the Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Arts in Teaching programs).
Chancellor's ScholarshipUp to $8,000 per year toward direct cost of education, including tuition, fees and double-occupancy room and board in UA residence hall or Greek housing.Applications are competitive and typically come from the top 5 percent of the applicant pool. National Merit Semifinalists and National Achievement Semifinalists are also considered. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Criteria same as for Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (see above).
Chancellor's Community Scholarship$5,000 per yearTop applicants in the applicant pool who also have a demonstrable commitment to community service.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Criteria same as for Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (see above).
Honors College Academy Scholarship$4,000 per yearTop applicants from the applicant pool with a minimum 27 ACT and 3.50 GPA. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Criteria same as for Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (see above).
New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship AwardPartial out-of-state tuition differential. Variable amount based on hours enrolled. See http://nrta.uark.edu for more information.Students from TX, MS, LA, KS, MO, OK or TN. Entering freshmen for Fall 2016 must have at least a 3.20 GPA and score 24 on the ACT or an equivalent 1090 SAT critical reading and math combined (Pre-March 2016) or an equivalent 1160 SAT (Redesigned SAT); Transfer students must have 24 credit hours and at least a 3.00 GPA.Apply for admission. No scholarship application is required. Renewable with completion of 24 hours per academic year and 2.75 minimum GPA. Up to 4 years (5 years for students in Architecture or the Master of Arts in Teaching program).
Freshman Success Scholarship$2,000 non-renewableStudents who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Non-renewable
Freshman Academic Scholarship $1,000 non-renewableStudents who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Non-renewable
University of Arkansas Leadership Award$2,000 per yearStudents who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Criteria same as for Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (see above).
Silas Hunt Distinguished Scholarship Variable awards of $5,000 or $8,000Students who have demonstrated outstanding academic leadership qualities and potential and are from under-represented communities, which include but are not limited to: underrepresented ethnic and minority groups; students with interest in fields of study that do not attract members of their ethnicity or gender; under-represented counties in Arkansas; or first-generation college students. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Criteria same as for Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (see above).
Razorback Bridge Scholarship$3,500 per yearStudents who have demonstrated outstanding academic leadership qualities and potential and are from under-represented communities, which include but are not limited to: underrepresented ethnic and minority groups; students with interest in fields of study that do not attract members of their ethnicity or gender; under-represented counties in Arkansas; or first-generation college students. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Criteria same as for Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship (see above).
University Enrichment Scholarship$2,000 non-renewableStudents who have demonstrated outstanding academic leadership qualities and potential and are from under-represented communities, which include but are not limited to: underrepresented ethnic and minority groups; students with interest in fields of study that do not attract members of their ethnicity or gender; under-represented counties in Arkansas; or first-generation college students. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Non-renewable
Jewel Minnis Scholarship$2,000 non-renewableStudents who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Competitively awarded.Apply for admission. Complete Entering Freshman Scholarship Application (http://scholarships.uark.edu) Priority Deadline: November 15Non-renewable
Arkansas Academic All Star Transfer ScholarshipAATYC Academic All Star receives annual award that pays tuition and tuition related fees up to $5,000 per semester. Awarded to students named the "Academic All-Star" by their Arkansas two-year college.Students nominated as AATYC Academic All Star by their two-year college. Scholarship application is not required. Maintain 3.00 cumulative U of A GPA after each semester. Renewable up to five semesters.
Chancellor's Transfer Scholarship$3,000 per yearArkansas residents with strong academic performance at Arkansas two-year colleges. Competitively awarded.Deadline: April 1 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semesterCumulative 3.00 GPA and 24 hours per year of eligibility. Renewable for one year.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship$2,500 per yearAwarded to top applicants from two-year colleges who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Competitively awarded.Deadline: April 1 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester. Provide Phi Theta Kappa membership documentation.Cumulative 3.00 GPA and 24 hours per year of eligibility. Renewable for one year.
Transfer Scholarship $2,000 per year. Renewable for one year.Strong academic performance at another 2-year or 4-year college or university. Competitively awarded.Deadline: April 1 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semesterCumulative 3.00 GPA and 24 hours per year of eligibility. Renewable for one year.

UA Scholarships – General Information

The following regulations govern the general university freshman scholarships described below:

  1. November 15 is the priority scholarship deadline for entering freshmen. Applicants must apply to the university by November 1 to be considered for these scholarships.

  2. An “entering freshman” is defined as a student who has not enrolled in another post-secondary institution in a fall or spring semester following graduation from high school.

  3. Eligibility for renewal of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and general university scholarships is determined at the end of the second semester each award year. Students may “catch up” in summer terms by taking classes at their own expense on the Fayetteville campus.

  4. These scholarships are generally awarded per academic year to cover the fall and spring terms, up to an eight-semester maximum for most students, or a ten-semester maximum for students in the Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the Master of Arts in Teaching programs, each of which is a five-year program. Renewal criteria are evaluated every two semesters.