Arkansas Youniversal Scholarship Application

Beginning October 1, high school Seniors can create an account for the Arkansas YOUniversal Financial Aid System and apply for state awards. Funds are awarded to eligible students and must be used towards tuition and fees for eligible Arkansas institutions. One application (the YOUniversal application) is completed to determine eligibility for all awards listed below. 


Challenge [Lottery] Scholarship
Students must have a 19 on the ACT Test (or ACT equivalent) and must complete a FAFSA. The deadline for the Arkansas Challenge is July 1, 2020.

4-year school awards:

$1000 (1st year)

2-year school awards

$1000 (1st year)

$4000 (2nd year)

$3000 (2nd year)

$4000 (3rd year)


$5000 (4th year)

Governor's Distinguished Scholars Program
The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring either 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average. Those who are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholars may qualify without meeting the GPA requirement, but must still meet the ACT/SAT requirement. The scholarship pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. The deadline to apply for the Governor's Distinguished is February 1, 2020.

Arkansas Futures Grant
This grant applies to students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or regional high demand areas of study. The grant will cover tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and Associate degree programs at Arkansas’ public institutions for eligible students. The grant is available on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for the Arkansas Futures Grant is July 1, 2020.

Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarships
Undergraduates who are dependent children or spouses of persons killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, forester, correctional officer, Community Punishment Department or Transportation Department employee. Award pays in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and on-campus room charges.

Military Dependents Scholarships
Students who are dependent children or spouses of persons who were killed or missing in action, who were prisoners of war or permanently and totally disabled through military service. Award pays in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and on-campus room charges at eligible Arkansas institutions.

Important Note: The information provided here is intended as a general overview of the program for those who are applying, or who are considering applying, for the scholarship, and is not intended to be a comprehensive compilation of program requirements. For complete information please refer to the program’s rules and regulations. Terms of these awards are current as of the date of this site's publication (8/16/2019) and are subject to change at any time.