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ASTATE Scholar Scholarship

The ASTATE Scholar is administered through the ASU Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. Any questions concerning the scholarship should be directed to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at (870) 972-2310.

Arkansas State University reserves the right to make changes to the scholarship program at any time based on available funding and eligible applicants.

High School Graduates

This scholarship is only available during the student's high school senior year.

What the Scholarship Covers:

  • The ASTATE Scholar award provides $14,000 annually (split between Fall and Spring semesters), this includes up to $3,720 for on-campus housing and up to $3,000 for on-campus meal plan, with remaining award for tuition and fees.
  • Awards are contingent upon the availability of funding and housing scholarships are contingent upon the availability of on-campus housing.
  • Students who decline to live in an ASUJ residence hall will not receive the financial equivalent for off-campus living.
  • The scholarship pays for courses (excluding correspondence) taken on the Arkansas State University-Jonesboro campus only.
  • This scholarship is awarded for the duration of eight consecutive semesters or through completion of the undergraduate degree, whichever occurs first, provided the student maintains all scholarship requirements.

Application

The application deadline is December 1 of high school senior year.

The A-State Scholar application process has closed. The deadline was December 1, 2014 at 5:00pm (CST). Please call Financial Aid & Scholarships at (870) 972-2310 or the Honors College at (870) 972-2308 if you have questions or concerns.

How to Qualify:

  • The scholarship is awarded during the senior year to U.S. citizens who are Arkansas residents graduating from Arkansas high schools.
  • Students must be admitted to the university. This includes submitting an admissions application with fee, official ACT or SAT scores and official six -semester transcript.
  • Students must have a minimum ACT composite score of 30 and a high school minimum GPA of 3.500 on a six-semester transcript.
  • Scholarship deadline is December 1 of high school senior year and award letters will be mailed the third week of December. All awards are based upon state-supported available funds.
  • Scholarships are awarded competitively.
  • To be considered, students must be admitted to the university by December 1. Students must also submit a student resume, essay, and two reference letters. Your resume should include a listing of co-curricular high school activities, awards and recognition. Please visit www.astate.edu/astatescholar for complete details and electronic submission.
  • A limited number of awards are available.

Student Responsibilities for Accepting and Maintaining the ASTATE Scholar Award:

Once students have begun their studies at Arkansas State University, the scholarship will be administered through the Honors College. Any questions concerning maintenance of the scholarship should be directed to the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308.

  • Students who are selected to receive the ASTATE Scholar will have until May 1 of high school senior year to accept their award; however it is recommended that they accept the offer within 30 days. The scholarship offer will no longer be valid after May 1.  Should you accept the scholarship and later decide to attend another university, please notify the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office in writing or by email at scholarships@astate.edu.
  • The residence hall room is contingent upon the purchase of a meal plan. If a student is released from the meal plan for any reason, the student will be liable for the cost of the room.
  • NOTE: Students receiving a room as part of their scholarship package must apply separately for housing through the Office of Residence Life and pay the applicable housing deposit.
  • Full-time enrollment of 15 college-level credit hours (excluding correspondence) on the ASUJ campus is required during each consecutive Fall and Spring semester. Concurrent enrollment on another campus cannot be used to meet full-time enrollment status nor be paid for by the scholarship.  Enrollment is locked as of the 11th class day.
  • Students must be enrolled in and successfully complete one honors course per Fall and Spring semesters. Students must fulfill the requirements of the University Honors Program or the scholarship will be revoked.
  • Matriculation to ASUJ must occur in the Fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  • Student must be seeking a Bachelor's Degree.
  • All online degree programs are ineligible for Institutional Scholarships.
  • Any student who is enrolled full-time at another college, university, technical college, or branch of ASU during a regular semester (Fall or Spring) following high school graduation automatically forfeits the scholarship.
  • All college course work is calculated into the overall GPA for scholarship renewal.
  • Students who have grade changes are responsible for contacting the Associate Dean of the Honors College so that their scholarship status may be reevaluated.
  • For military exceptions, contact the ASU Scholarships Office at (870) 972-2310.
  • Recipients may take courses at the Paragould campus and receive their scholarship up to the cost of 15 hours of tuition and fees.
  • Award holders who are dependents of faculty and staff will be paid 25% of the scholarship value per semester for ASUJ credit hours in addition to the faculty/staff discount.

Scholarship Renewal

  • Students are required to maintain an overall 3.500 GPA and successfully complete 30 ASUJ hours (fall and spring combined) each academic year.  Note - accepted transfer credits will be calculated in overall GPA.
  • Students with Incomplete grades will forfeit their scholarship if they do not otherwise meet the scholarship criteria.
  • ASTATE Scholar recipients must be enrolled in and successfully complete one honors course per Fall and Spring semester.
  • Any student who receives all W’s, F’s, WN’s, I’s and/or FN’s at the end of any fall term will lose their scholarship for all subsequent semesters.
  • Freshmen Probation - Freshmen students will have until the end of the Summer II term to obtain an overall 3.500 GPA and successfully complete 30 ASUJ hours (Fall, Spring, and both Summer I and Summer II combined) following their freshman year or they will forfeit the scholarship for all subsequent semesters. All classes taken during probation for hour and GPA deficit must be ASUJ hours. Probation is not available for any subsequent semesters.
  • Students that do not maintain an overall 3.500 GPA but have at least a minimum 3.250 GPA and successfully complete 30 ASUJ hours (fall and spring combined) will be placed on the ASTATE Leadership Scholarship for the duration of their scholarship eligibility.