College of the Ouachitas Institutional Scholarships
The President's Scholarship: The College is authorized to waive tuition fees for any student determined to be deserving. The scholarship application is available in the Student Affairs Offices. The College of the Ouachitas Scholarship Committee selects the recipients based on financial need and academic achievement. No more than ten scholarships per year will be granted.
College of the Ouachitas Honors Scholarship: First-TIme, full-time college students with an ACT score of 23 or above and transer students with a 23 or above plus good standing at the previous institution may apply for this scholarship, which pays full tuition, up to 18 credit hours per semester, and is renewable up to 4 consecutive semesters. Recipients of this scholarship must be admitted into COTO's Honors College and maintain eligibility criteria. Continuing COTO students admitted to Honors College by application any time after the first semester may also apply for this scholarship, which will then be renewable through the student's fourth full semester at COTO. Recipients under this provision must also meet and maintain eligibility criteria. Students may direct questions to HonorsCollege@coto.edu
College of the Ouachitas Foundation Scholarships: $500 per semester scholarships awarded on a competitive basis. The applicant must submit an essay and demonstrate financial need. Deadline for Fall term is May 1; Spring term deadline is December 1. Applications are available in Student Affairs.
College of the Ouachitas Merit Scholarships: Graduating high school seniors with an ACT score of nineteen (19) and above in all areas and rank in the top 20% of their graduating class may apply for this full tuition scholarship that is renewable up to two years. See the renewal information by clicking the Continuing Eligibility for College of the Ouachitas Scholarships link below.
Non-Traditional Scholarship: Scholarships are available to recent GED graduates with an Honors Score of 170 or above on at least two of the four sections of the GED test. See the renewal information by clicking the Continuing Eligibility for College of the Ouachitas Scholarships link below.
Privately Funded Scholarships
Arkansas Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities Scholarship: The Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities will award several student scholarships. Applications are graded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, community involvement, goals and the specific challenges you face due to your disability. Applicants are recommended to the full Commission for approval. The scholarship recipients will be recognized at a reception in Little Rock in June 2010. Please include a typed short biography when submitting the Arkansas Governor's Commission on People with Disabilities Scholarship.Visit this page for application instructions.
Ouachita Student Government Association (SGA) Scholarships: The SGA sponsors an academic scholarship. Contact the Financial Aid Office for information.
Single Parent Scholarship: Scholarships are available to single parents who have custody of a minor child. Application for this scholarship must be made prior to each semester. Interested applicants from Hot Spring county may contact the Chairperson of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund at 332-5426. For Single Parent Scholarship information from other counties, students should contact the Director of State Single Parent Scholarship Fund at (501) 521-1394.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services: Students with disabilities may be eligible for tuition assistance from the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. Students should contact their county disability counselor.
Veterans Administration: Students may be eligible for educational assistance while pursuing approved training if they participated in the either the Post-Vietnam Era Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) while on active duty. Dependents of eligible veterans may also qualify for benefits. For more information, contact your VA Counselor by phone at (888) 442-4551 or visit www.gibill.va.gov.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill Website now offers a step-by-step guide on what to consider and how to apply, including an estimator to help eligible individuals determine how much money they are eligible for. The intent is to make this process as easy and straight forward as possible and to alleviate any confusion that claimants might have.
The new step by step guide is available at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/step-by-step.htm
National Guard Tuition Assistance: Tuition Assistance is available to members of the National Guard. Please contact the educational counselor at your unit or apply online at: http://www.virtualarmory.com.
Education Training for Foster Youth: Sponsored through the Arkansas Department of Human Services, this scholarship allows former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 21 to obtain assistance of up to $5000 per academic year for educational expenses. Information and applications are at www.statevoucher.org.
State of Arkansas Scholarships: The State of Arkansas provides several grants and scholarships. State financial aid includes the Workforce Improvement Grant, Governor’s Scholarship, Arkansas Academic Challenge, The New Arkansas Academic Challenge (Lottery) Scholarship, MIA/KIA Dependent’s Scholarship, Law Officers Dependent’s Scholarship, and Emergency Secondary Educational Loan Program, and the GO! Opportunities Grant. For more information, call 1-800-54-STUDY or visit the Arkansas State Website.
Unmet Need Scholarship: http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/Unmet_need.html
First in My Family Scholarship Program: http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/first_family.html