Scholarships have long been associated with the poor and needy. Financial aid applications and the stigma attached to federal government aid prevents a number of middle class parents from doggedly pursuing monies available to reduce college tuition.
But the Arkansas Community Foundation offers 250 scholarships granted to students based on their ages, student status and regional locations. Some of the scholarships are available to:
Students who participated in livestock or art exhibits at the State Fair
Students applying or attending accredited two and four year colleges in Arkansas
Students whose lives have been affected by cancer
Students whose parents lost their lives in service to the state
The application deadline is April 1, 2014.
One of the most disheartening conversations I had in graduate school centered on scholarships. Many of the students in the class, some undergrads, others grad students, felt that minorities were the "only ones" eligible for scholarships.
Consequently, many Arkansas college students are running around with the false notion that financial assistance isn't available to them.
ARCF (The Arkansas Community Foundation) seeks to build stronger communities. Most feel that college educated communities of parents and children are safer communities because its residents work harder to shield its neighborhoods from societal ills--drugs, pestilence, and crime.
College educated communities tend have higher tax bases which in turn help build good, college prep public schools.
Take a look at the scholarships available from the Arkansas Community Foundation here. There are several categories to choose from nursing scholarships, grad student scholarships, engineering, art, agriculture and more.
Students who win scholarship money learn the valuable lesson of being appreciated for pursuing academic passion. That feeling of accomplishment lasts well beyond college graduation and transfers into the student's workforce and professional career expectations.