Entering Freshman

How to apply for Entering Freshman Academic Scholarships:
  1. Be fully admitted to UCA by January 23, 2024 (Achievement & Distinguished) or May 1, 2024 (University & Future Leaders). For information about the Admission application, visit the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services.
  2. Meet all of the eligibility criteria of the 2024-2025 Academic Scholarship Policy.
The Distinguished Scholarship is closed for the 2024-25 term. Students who completed the online application by the January 23, 2024, deadline and met all other eligibility requirements will be considered for awarding during the review process.  The application will be reviewed by a Scholarship Committee and scored based on a rubric of factors including, but not limited to, GPA, ACT/SAT score, school/volunteer activities, and community service that will be considered in determining recipients.  Recipients have been notified if they received the scholarship. 

2024-2025 UCA Freshman Academic Scholarships

Scholarship LevelCumulative H.S. GPA
(6th/7th semester)
Tuition & Fee AwardHousing AwardAnnual Total AwardDeadline
DistinguishedService & GPA*$6,500$2,000$8,500Jan. 23, 2024
Achievement4.000$5,000$1,500$6,500Jan. 23, 2024
University3.750$3,500$1,000$4,500May 1, 2024
Future Leaders3.500$1,000$500$1,500May 1, 2024
*The Distinguished Scholarship will be competitively awarded to a limited number of students through a committee decision and will be based on factors such as ACT/SAT test score, service, and GPA. ACT/SAT scores and a separate application, which will be posted at a later date, are required to apply for the Distinguished Scholarship. ACT/SAT scores must be within the last five years and no later than the December 2023 test date.
Click here for a more detailed 2024-2025 Academic Scholarship Chart.

Students must meet enrollment and renewal requirements each semester.  Please use the following link for the 2024-2025 UCA Freshman Academic Scholarship Policy information.

2024-2025 UCA Honors College Scholarships

Scholarship LevelCumulative H.S. GPA
(6th/7th semester)
StipendPrivate Room UpgradeAnnual Total AwardDeadline
Schedler Honors College3.500** $2,000See note**$2,000 + room upgradeJan. 23, 2024
University Scholars Program 3.500**$1,000See note**$1,000 + room upgradeJan. 23, 2024
**To apply, students must be admitted to the University and complete the application to the Schedler Honors College and/or University Scholars Program at uca.edu/honors by the deadline. 80 students will be selected to join the Schedler Honors College and an additional 40 will be selected to join the University Scholars Program. Stipends are in addition to any academic scholarship in the above table awarded following admission to the University. Students will also receive a private room upgrade each semester they reside in Honors housing.

The UCA Honors College Application is now open. To apply and for more information about the 2024-2025 Honors College Scholarships, visit https://uca.edu/honors/.

Additional Freshman Academic Scholarship Information
  • Students must submit all required documentation to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services and be fully admitted by the applicable deadline.
  • If a student is graduating from high school early, a 4th or 5th-semester transcript will be considered.
  • All institutional scholarships are highly competitive and awarded based on academic performance and available funds.
  • Scholarships are for the duration of 8 consecutive fall and spring semesters or through completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.
  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 UCA credit hours as of the 8th class day each fall and spring semester during the term of their scholarship.
  • Students must remain in good academic standing as described in the current UCA Undergraduate Bulletin.
  • Students must live in University housing to receive the housing award and, therefore, the annual total award. Click here to learn more about University housing options.
  • Academic scholarships will only apply to charges for in-state tuition, room/board, and mandatory fees directly assessed by the University. The housing award will only apply to housing charges directly assessed by the University.
  • Please see the 2024-2025 Academic Scholarship Policy at uca.edu/scholarships/policies for all scholarship requirements.
  • For information on the Academic Scholarship renewal, click here.


Additional Schedler Honors College Scholarship Information
  • To be considered for the Schedler Honors College and/or University Scholars Program, students must be admitted to UCA and complete the application to the Schedler Honors College and/or University Scholars Program at uca.edu/honors by the deadline. Please contact the Honors College at
    honors@uca.edu or 501-450-3198 with any questions or for more information regarding these scholarships.
  • For information on the Schedler Honors Scholarship renewal policy, click here.