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R.E. Lee Wilson Award

The R. E. Lee Wilson Award is the university’s highest honor for a student who best exemplifies qualities of character, de­termination, involvement, and academic achievement. Anna Callaway, the 2010 academic year winner of the Wilson Award, is from Warren in Bradley County. She   Spanish Major & Wilson Award Winner


majored in Radio-Television in the College of Communications and graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV.  The 2009 winner was Gregory Kyle Fulton, a native of Jonesboro in Craighead County. He majored in Spanish and Biology Pre-Professional through both the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the College of Mathematics & Sciences.


Jervonne Newsome

Adam Jackson

Sharnea Diggs


Academic Performance Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a new freshman majoring in World Languages and Cul­tures with emphasis in Spanish or French.  The application deadline for the 2010/2011 aca­demic year is September 1, 2010. To request an application or to learn more about the scholar­ship, please contact the department office of your intended major.  Please check with your home department to see if it still has New Freshman scholarship money to distribute.

Angelo Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship

Annual Scholarship in the amount of $500 awarded to a full-time undergraduate student with 60 credit hours who is pursuing a degree program within the College of Humanities and Social Sci­ences. Applicants must have an overall 3.25 grade point average. Consideration is given to par­ticipation in programs and service to the College. Application deadline is typically early Novem­ber. To request an application or to learn more about the scholarship, please contact the Dean’s Office at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wilson 202 or call 870-972-3973.

Edgar and Vera Kirk Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship is available for any major within the College of Humanities Social Sciences. Eligible students must be from the Arkansas counties of Independence, Izard and Stone, in ad­dition to a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 23. Approximate award is full tuition and fees, with possible renewal for three additional years. 

Undergraduate students at all levels from freshmen to seniors will be considered; World Lan­guages and Cultures majors are encouraged to apply during their freshman and sophomore year. Application deadline is typically early November. To request an application or to learn more about the scholarship, please contact the Dean’s Office at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wilson 202 or call 870-972-3973.


McFarland Academic Freedom Scholarship

The Arkansas State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) announces the competition for the annual C.K. and Linda McFarland Academic Free­dom Scholarship at ASU. The annual scholarship, worth $1000, is open to all full-time current or summer Junior, Senior, or Graduate students at Arkansas State University. The winner may use the scholarship for Spring, Summer, or Fall of the current academic year on educa­tional expenses at ASU-Jonesboro. The student may have any major, and must have at least a 3.0 overall grade-point-average. 

Application guidelines and forms are available from Department and the Dean's offices in Wil­son Hall and from Scholarship Committee Chair Dr. Charles Hartwig at hartwigc@astate.edu, in Wilson Hall 416. Completed applications, which will include a brief essay on the meaning of academic freedom, are typically due in May.

The C.K. and Linda McFarland Academic Freedom Scholarship was created by Drs. C.K. and Linda McFarland, who served as faculty members in the ASU Department of History. After Dr.

C.K. McFarland completed 11 years as department Chair in 1982, he held a joint appointment as Professor of History and Management (Industrial Relations) until his retirement in 1997. He

served as President of the ASU chapter of the AAUP, and was instrumental in revitalizing the association on both the ASU-Jonesboro campus and state-wide. 

Women's Opportunity Awards

This award is provided by Soroptimist, an international organization for business and profes­sional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories con­tribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

Applications are due each year on December 1. Applications must be emailed to the region contact by December 1 so they can be forwarded to a local club before the December 15 club deadline. Eligible applicants must be women who: 

  •  Provide the primary financial support for her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/ or parents)
  •  Have financial need
  •  Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an under­graduate degree program
  •  Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Vene­zuela).
  •  Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; are not a Soroptimist member, employee or immediate family of either. 


Program web page: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/apply.html


See below for scholarships and awards for Teacher Education students. 


(BSE Majors) 

Eunitha Steel Hout Commitment to Education Award

Award is given to an incoming ASU Freshman, who has graduated from Buffalo Island Central High and plans to pursue a field of study in elementary or secondary education. First preference will be given to students from Monette or Leachville, Arkansas. If there are no qualified students from those areas, the scholarship may then be awarded to a student from Craighead County who otherwise qualifies for the award. In the event that Buffalo Island Central High School either merges with another institution or ceases to operate, the scholarship may be awarded to stu­dents from Monette or Leachville who otherwise qualify for the award.

Consideration is given to financial need and determination of strong moral character. Applicant must provide a written essay to Scholarship Committee. Recipients are eligible to reapply for consideration provided that they have continued in the course of study in elementary or secon­dary education and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (3.0 on a

4.0 scale) or its equivalent. 

For further information contact Robin Kaloghirou, Associate Director of Student Aid, Arkansas State University, PO Box 1620, State University, AR 72467, 870- 972-2310 

Lillian Barton Scholarship

The Lillian Barton Scholarship is named in honor of a special educator. Miss Barton rendered service to the teaching profession for more than 50 years. She was a public school teacher, school administrator, and teacher educator. She has been characterized as a dedicated profes­sional and a gracious lady. Miss Barton provided active and inspirational leadership to Eta Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi for many years; therefore, it seems only fitting that this chapter as­sume responsibility for the administration of the Lillian Barton Memorial Scholarship Fund. To finance the scholarships, an endowment was established by donations from relatives of Miss Barton, friends, and organizations. The

sional promise. The scholarship is awarded in the fall and spring semesters. Those submitting an application packet (application form, up-to-date unofficial transcript, statement of future pro­fessional goals, one letter of personal reference, two rating scale forms from professors in your academic major, one rating scale form from a professor outside your academic major) must meet following criteria.

Students must be officially admitted into the Teacher Education Program and be pursuing the

B.S.E. or M.S.E. degree with an overall GPA of 3.00 or above. 


For information contact: Dr. Mary Jane Bradley, Director, Professional Education Programs, Ar­kansas State University, PO Box 940, State University, AR 72467, 870-972-2099, 870-910-8044 (FAX) 

Mary L. Swan Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Swan was a native of Randolph County, Arkansas. She attended Pocahontas Elementary

School and Pocahontas High School. Pocahontas High School was her favorite high school, but she was unable to graduate from there because her parents moved to Walnut Ridge. She, con­sequently, graduated from Walnut Ridge High School.

Mrs. Swan attended Ft. Smith Junior College for two years prior to attending and graduating from Arkansas State College. She obtained her Remedial Reading Certificate by attending the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University. 

Mrs. Swan began her teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at the Alma Spikes Elementary School in Pocahontas, AR. In that district, she, by choice, taught only sixth graders for eight years. In the St. Charles Missouri School district, Mrs. Swan taught fourth grade for one year and then became the remedial reading teacher for 20 years. Mrs. Swan taught a total of 29 years in the Pocahontas School and St. Charles School Districts.

Mr. and Mrs. Swan planned together to set-up a scholarship to help students pursue an elemen­tary education degree. This scholarship is in her honor because she enjoyed working with stu­dents so much and knew that all students could be successful if motivated to do his/her very best.

Eligibility requirements for this scholarship are:

  1.  First preference is that award be made to an incoming freshman having graduated from Wal­nut Ridge (AR) High School, Pocahontas (AR) High School, Hoxie (AR) High School or any other high school located in Lawrence County, Randolph County, and Greene County in North­east Arkansas, or from the Highland School District in Sharp County, Arkansas. Transfer stu­dents are eligible to apply only if he/she has attended an ASU branch, and graduated from one of the above mentioned schools.
  2.  Second preference is that award be to a student currently enrolled.
  3.  Must be a full-time student pursing an elementary or secondary education degree with a mini­mum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4.  Financial need must be documented. 
  5.  Demonstrate the abilities, personal qualities and scholarship conducive to become an out­standing teacher 
  6.  Award is renewable through completion of the undergraduate degree of six (6) additional se­mesters, whichever occurs first, provided recipient continues to meet all award criteria. 


For information contact: Dr. Mary Jane Bradley, Director, Professional Education Programs, Ar­kansas State University, PO Box 940, State University, AR 72467, 870-972-2099, 870-910-8044 (FAX). 


Minority Teacher Scholars Program

The Minority Teacher Scholars Program (MTSP) provides forgivable loans to African-American,

Asian American, Native American, and Hispanic students attending Arkansas higher education MTSP scholars must commit to teaching in an Arkansas public school for five (5) years after com­pleting teacher licensure requirements. The teaching requirement will be reduced to three (3) years for teaching in one of the 42 counties in Arkansas designated as the Delta Region or for teaching a subject declared to be a critical subject shortage area by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Applications are available in the Professional Education Programs office, Education Building, room 336, and on the Arkansas Department of Higher Education web site at http://www.adhe.edu/ divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_mtsp.aspx.

ASU Contact Person: Mrs. Audrey Bowser, Arkansas State University, Department of Teacher Education, PO Box 2350, State University, AR 72467-2350, abowser@astate.edu, 870-680-8099, 870-972-3344 (FAX).

STAR Forgivable Loan

The Arkansas State Teacher Assistance Resource (STAR) provides forgivable loans to students pursuing an education degree leading to an initial teacher licensure. Recipients must teach in designated subject and/or geographical critical shortage areas in Arkansas public schools after completion of licensure requirements.

A student may be eligible for a STAR Forgivable Loan for a maximum of 2 years (if in a 4-year program) or 3 years (if in a 5-year program) or until licensure requirements are completed, which­ever comes first. STAR funds are paid to the recipient's college or university for each term awarded.

For more information about the STAR Forgivable Loan visit the website at 

http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_star.aspx .

Sibylla and Kenneth Peters Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship

Alpha Delta Kappa is an International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators. As such, one of its purposes is to promote high standards of education. One way the Northeast Arkansas chap­ters have chosen to do this is through the presentation of a jointly-sponsored cash award each year to an outstanding undergraduate and graduate education major. 

These awards are called the Sibylla and Kenneth Peters Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship Awards in honor of Sibylla Peters' contributions and service in behalf of Alpha Delta Kappa on the local, state, and national levels and her husband, Kenneth's, financial support of this scholarship.

Applications are due into the Professional Education Programs office twice a year. Students doing an internship in a spring semester must return an application in October. Students doing an in­ternship in a fall semester must return an application in March. Specific dates will be on the appli­cation and in announcements posted around the university. Contact Mrs. Cindy Hinson if addi­tional information or clarification is needed.


Eligibility requirements for the scholarship are as follows: Recipient will receive the award in his/her teaching internship semester. To qualify, student must have and over all GPA of

3.00 or above and demonstrate the abilities, personal qualities and scholarship conducive to become an outstanding teacher. For information contact: Dr. Mary Jane Bradley, Director, Professional Education Programs, Arkansas State University, PO Box 940, State University, AR 72467, 870-972-2099, 870-910-8044 (FAX).



Department Scholarship Information

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