University Scholars Program Scholarship Incentives

University Scholars Stipend

Incoming University Scholars freshmen will be awarded the University Scholars stipend upon admission.* This stipend, valued at $500/semester and is renewable for a total of eight semesters. This stipend will be awarded in addition to any academic scholarship awarded by UCA, the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship for in-state students, and any other student aid. Any scholarships that the student earns may stack to the amount specified by state law.

Private Room Upgrade Scholarship

Students admitted to the University Scholars Program will live together in Farris Honors Hall, featuring private rooms arranged in suites. For as long as the student remains in Honors housing, the student will receive a single room upgrade scholarship that covers the difference in cost between the private room in Farris and a standard Tier I double-room rate (valued at over $1,000/semester).

Frequently Asked Questions

What GPA do I need to meet in order to have my scholarship renewed?

Each academic year, you must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.250 or better to have your scholarship renewed for the following year. May Intersession and Summer I classes can be used to raise your annual GPA to this minimum. Scholarship renewal requirements are based on UCA credit hours.

In order to have your scholarship continued from the first fall semester to the following spring semester, you must earn 12 credit hours or above with a 2.50 cumulative GPA. For any following semester, you must earn a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing.

Please note: These criteria apply to the University Scholars Awards only. Other parts of your total scholarship package, such as the Arkansas Challenge and Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships, have different criteria for renewal, and may be retained or lost without reference to your University Scholars Program standing and/or UCA scholarship awards.

How many hours do I need to earn to have my scholarship renewed?

You will be required to enroll in 15 hours each semester, including the fall and spring of your freshman year, but your scholarship will be renewed if you complete at least 27 credit hours in the freshman year and 30 credit hours each subsequent academic year (Fall semester through Summer I). May intersession and Summer I classes can be used to raise your annual earned hours to this minimum. Scholarship renewal requirements are based on UCA credit hours.

In order to have your scholarship continued from the first fall semester to the following spring semester, you must earn 12 credit hours or more with a 2.50 cumulative GPA. To renew from any other fall semester to spring semester, you must earn at least 12 credit hours and a 3.250 cumulative GPA.

What happens to my scholarship if I leave the University Scholars Program?

If you are a recipient of the University Scholars Program Scholarship, and you leave the program but continue at UCA, you will lose your University Scholars Program Scholarship and will no longer be eligible to live in Honors housing. If you have maintained eligibility for an academic scholarship as defined by the Division of Finance and Administration, you will continue to maintain the UCA Academic Scholarship (based on your ACT score and high school GPA) you were offered and formerly accepted at the time of your admission to UCA. If your University Scholars Program Scholarship has been withdrawn because of failure to meet minimum eligibility requirements, you may no longer be eligible for your academic scholarship either since the eligibility requirements are so closely related.

Will my awards pay out during the summer?

No. Only fall and spring semesters are covered by your scholarship. Summer terms and intersessions are not covered.

Are University Scholars Program scholarships subject to stacking laws?

Yes. State law prohibits the stacking of scholarships once the total aid awarded to a student exceeds the Cost of Attendance (COA) calculated by the school. The office of financial aid is required to reduce your financial assistance in order to comply with state stacking regulations. You can view the Arkansas legislative information regarding this policy here.

Can I place my scholarship on hold to study abroad or participate in an internship?

Yes. The University Scholars Program will work with you to place your scholarship on hold for a semester or even a year for study abroad and internship opportunities as well as other obligations recognized by UCA’s scholarship compliance office. Students who have an academic scholarship placed on hold for the fall semester and receive the scholarship in the spring semester only must complete a minimum of 15 UCA undergraduate credit hours and earn the minimum GPA specified for their scholarship to renew to the following fall semester. Students who do not meet renewal requirements at the end of the spring semester may use May Intersession, 8- week Summer Session, and Summer I hours and GPA to meet renewal requirements.


*In order to receive the Honors full-package scholarship, a student must not require remediation and must be a permanent U.S. resident due to policies governing academic scholarships. Please note that all scholarship offers are contingent upon the review of the scholarship compliance office. University scholarship policies are available here.