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Challenge Scholarship Deadline June 1

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Students who have not previously received the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) must complete an online application by midnight on Wednesday, June 1, in order to qualify for that financial aid during the 2011-12 academic year.

According to a news release from ADHE, each student who graduated from an Arkansas high school in 2011 and completes the eligibility requirements is guaranteed to receive Academic Challenge Scholarships funds through the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery under the current legislation.

Those enrolled at four-year universities, such as Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, will receive $4,500 over the course of two semesters.

“We’ve used technology to make our financial aid application as easy and accessible as possible,” said Shane Broadway, Department of Higher Education interim director, “but it also means that applicants will be locked out at 12:01 a.m. on June 2 – no exceptions, no overrides.”

The ADHE news release states that the June 1 deadline applies to all state financial aid applications for the 2011-12 academic year.

Once all 2011 high school graduates in the state of Arkansas have had an opportunity to apply for and accept Academic Challenge Scholarships, any remaining scholarship dollars will be awarded to currently enrolled and returning students based on a prioritization process that takes into account students nearest to graduation, grade point average and those in critical needs areas, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Click here to access the ADHE home page for more information about the Academic Challenge Scholarship and other financial aid opportunities available through the state.

Click here to access the YOUniversal Arkansas financial aid system to submit the online application form and other information about scholarships.