Starting Feb. 1, more than 200 scholarships are available for eligible Arkansas students through Arkansas Community Foundation. Students can go to www.arcf.org/scholarships to apply. Deadlines for scholarships differ and can be found on the website.
Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria; in general, the Community Foundation’s scholarships are for Arkansas students pursuing higher education at two- or four-year colleges or universities, vocational schools or technical training programs. Some scholarships are designated for graduates of a particular high school or those who plan to attend a particular college. Others are based on extracurricular activities or intended college majors.
Scholarships with statewide eligibility include:
· Anne Pressly Scholarship Endowment, to memorialize the legacy of Anne Pressly and support the education of young women who plan to pursue a career in Journalism
· Arkansas Service Memorial Scholarship Endowment, for students who are children of Arkansans who lost their life in service in the state, nation or community
· AT&T War Memorial Scholarship Fund, for Arkansas veterans enrolling full-time at an accredited two or four-year college or university in the state of Arkansas
· Elizabeth G. Redman Republican Party of Arkansas Scholarship Endowment, for students who are members of or active in the Republican Party of Arkansas
· Lillian McGillicuddy Republican Party of Arkansas Scholarship Endowment, for students who are members of the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans or are active in the Republican Party of Arkansas
· Marie and Bob Marshall Republican Party of Arkansas Scholarship Endowment, for students who are members of or active in the Republican Party of Arkansas
· Merwin T. and Agnes Bowman Nursing Scholarship Endowment, for students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or equivalent degree from a qualified and recognized institution of higher learning or licensing as a Registered Nurse under applicable state law
· Poultry Federation Scholarship Fund, for students interested in pursuing a degree related to the poultry industry, and attending a school in the University of Arkansas system, Arkansas State University system, Arkansas Tech University or Southern Arkansas University
· Ryan Mondy D.A.S.H. Memorial Scholarship Endowment, provides scholarships through American Cancer Society, Little Rock to people whose lives have been affected by cancer
More information about these and other scholarships is available online at arcf.org/scholarships.
“Since 1976, the Community Foundation has partnered with individuals and organizations who want to support students in their pursuit of higher education,” said Heather Larkin, Community Foundation president and CEO. “These generous people provide the funding and determine the size and eligibility criteria of each scholarship while we oversee the application awarding process and on their behalf.”
Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs, according to a news release.
“By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps,” the news release said. “Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $179 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible.”