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State Financial Aid

State of Arkansas

Scholarship Application Management System (SAMS)

The 2023-24 Scholarship Application Management System (SAMS) is available online after Oct. 1. Arkansas residents should complete this one scholarship application to apply for all Arkansas state scholarships.

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship: Arkansas high school students with a 19 ACT are eligible to apply. The deadline to complete the Arkansas Universal Scholarship Application to be eligible for the Academic Challenge Scholarship is June 1. There is not an income limit to receive the Academic Challenge, but students must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov to receive Academic Challenge.

Award Amounts

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
$1,000 $4,000 $4,000 $5,000


Governor's Distinguished Scholarships

Learn more about Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholarships here: https://scholarships.adhe.edu/scholarships/detail/governors-distinguished-scholarship

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