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Senior 2023 Information

Welcome to the Senior Page for the Class of 2023!

The Senior News, your monthly senior newsetter, will be emailed to students and will be posted on the bottom of this webpage at the beginning of each month. ALL seniors will receive the newsletter at their school email address. Local Scholarships will not be available until the Spring Semester of 2023. There are other scholarships included in the Senior Newsletter below.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your Senior Counselor, Ms. Paige Edwards at


The FAFSA for the graduates of 2022 will now be available beginning October 1, 2021. Helpful handouts were given to each Senior to help with this process fall 2021.  An electronic version of a magazine with resources on scholarships and college has been sent to all parents and students through email.  Be sure to read the information sent to you.  If you have any questions feel free to stop by the office and visit. 


Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Application Due Date


Academic Challenge Scholarship  (Deadline July 01)  Use this link to learn more about these scholarship and to apply. 

The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.


Starting with the class of 2016, the only requirement is a 19 on the ACT or ACT equivalent score, FAFSA Required. 

Academic Challenge Award Amounts

Starting with the 2016-17 school year students are awarded at the following rates:

Year 1 $1000 $1000
Year 2 $4000 $3000
Year 3 $4000 -
Year 4 $5000 -

Arkansas Future Grant (ArFuture)

Arkansas Future Grant  (ArFuture), is the newest state grant program. The purpose of this grant is to increase the education and skills of Arkansas’s workforce in an affordable manner.  The 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.


An Applicant must:

  • Have either graduated from an Arkansas public school, private school, home school or received high school equivalency diploma approved by the Department of Career Education; or
  • Verify that he or she has resided within the state for the three (3) years immediately preceding application and has either:
    - Graduated from an out-of-state high school, private school, home school or received a high school equivalency diploma approved by another state.
  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time at an approved institution of higher education in a program of study that leads to an associate degree or a certification in a STEM or regional high demand field.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA

Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship

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.


At least a 32 ACT (1410 SAT) and a 3.5 GPA to apply. FAFSA not required.

Award Amount:

$10,000 per year.


  • A representative from North Arkansas College will be here Thursday, October 27th  to help students and parents with the FAFSA and other financial aid.
  • Have you ever used Tasseltime? This is a great college planning resource. See an introductory video here:

Please click this link in order to look at the Local Scholarships for 2023.