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Hi, I was wondering my chances for receiving some good scholarship money from the University of Arkansas. I'm assuming my stats are sufficient for admission, and, because the scholarship information on their website is incredibly vague, I was wondering if someone here could shoot me a ballpark figure or at least describe some of their scholarships and the requirements to get them in greater detail.

I'm a white male from OOS (Tennessee) and will be a senior in a public school this upcoming year. From what I can ascertain, Arkansas' Latin American Studies program appears to be a secondary major(?) And I'm looking to major in Latin American Studies, but I suppose I could pair it with international relations, political science, Spanish, etc. Family income is around $80,000 if that matters.

GPA: 3.5 W, 4.0 UW
Rank: 28 out of 300 (top 10%)
ACT: 29. Superscores (Does Arkansas superscore?): 35 Eng, 34 Read, 28 Sci, 21 Math(My downfall...)

By the time I graduate:
Will have taken 5 AP classes (Eng Lang, Eng Lit, Biology, USH, US Gov) and 11 honors classes (including 4 years of honors Spanish).
Pep Club- 9th, 10th
Beta Club- 11th, 12th
NHS- 11th, 12th
DECA- 11th (won metro competition in category)
Spanish NHS- 12th (will actually start it myself)
Won several state and city-wide essay contests
100+ hours volunteering at children's hospitals
100+ hours at District Attorney's office
50+ hours at drug rehab center
25+ hours at local state park
Hopefully I will get an internship at a local Latino organization, but I don't know yet.
Also will have held a part-time job for 14 months at a fast-food restaurant.

What worries me, however, is that the school seems more geared toward math and science. Can anyone attest to the quality of the departments I am considering? Thank you in advance; any help is greatly appreciated!

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Scholarship Renewal Requirements and Information for New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship Award and Alumni Legacy Scholarship Recipients

If you have received a New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award, congratulations! The University of Arkansas has made a financial investment in you, and we want nothing more than to see your name on Senior Walk. The Academic Scholarship Office is here to assist you in retaining your award. Please become familiar with the award information and renewal requirements below.

The New Arkansan NRTA and Alumni Legacy Scholarship pays either 50%, 70%, 80%, or 90% of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for a full academic year (fall, spring, and summer terms) based on the student's academic credentials (see nrta.uark.edu). The financial aid notification from the Financial Aid Office, which includes all other financial aid awards, will not include the New Arkansan NRTA or Alumni Legacy Scholarship but will reflect recipients as residents for tuition purposes. Though recipients are being billed as residents for tuition purposes, the permanent residency status will not change, and recipients will remain classified as non-residents. The New Arkansan NRTA or Alumni Legacy Scholarship cannot be used to offset other expenses such as resident tuition and fees, housing charges, books, or any other university-billed charges.

Renewal Requirements

Students receiving the New Arkansan NRTA or Alumni Legacy Scholarship must maintain full-time enrollment and a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. Full-time enrollment for the purposes of the New Arkansan NRTA or Alumni Legacy Scholarship will be assessed as the completion of 24 or more credit hours during each academic year. The Academic Scholarship Office will check renewal criteria for the previous academic year (fall, spring, and summer terms) at the end of the summer term for students starting in the summer/fall and at the end of the following fall for students starting in the spring term. Students meeting renewal requirements at the time grades are checked will automatically have the award renewed.

Academic Probation

Students placed on "academic probation" after their first semester will be required to develop an academic recovery plan with their academic advisor before scholarship funds will be disbursed the following semester. Students placed on "academic probation" any other semester will forfeit their scholarship immediately.

Scholarship Appeals

There are no provisions for reinstating a scholarship for future semesters if students do not meet the renewal criteria. However, if problems occur due to extenuating circumstance or medical emergency, you may appeal to the Scholarship Review Committee through the Academic Scholarship Office with supporting documentation. Appeals are granted only in extreme circumstances beyond the student's control when an appeal is filed before the appropriate grade point average is regained. The Scholarship Review Committee retains final authority regarding each appeal decision.

Scholarship Reinstatement

Students who regain a cumulative 2.75 GPA after losing their scholarship may be eligible for reinstatement of their scholarship for the following term. The student must submit a written scholarship appeal to request this reinstatement. Students who successfully reinstate their scholarship will be due to meet renewal criteria for the following academic year at the end of the semester in which the scholarship was reinstated. The Scholarship Review Committee retains final authority regarding each appeal decision.

Continuous Enrollment

It is expected that students will attend the University of Arkansas as a full-time student for up to eight (8) consecutive long semesters (fall, spring). In some circumstances (including special educational opportunities or extreme circumstances beyond the student's control), a scholarship deferral may be granted. The student must make a written request to the Academic Scholarship Office prior to the semester(s) of absence. The Academic Scholarship Office retains final authority regarding each deferral decision.

Other Ways Recipients May Earn Credit Hours

  1. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP) examination. For more information, please contact the University of Arkansas Testing Services Office at (479) 575-3948.
  2. Credit by concurrent enrollment (enrolled in college courses while still in high school).
  3. Credit by transfer. To confirm the acceptability of particular courses, contact the Office of the Registrar at (479) 575-5451.
  4. Credit by correspondence. For University of Arkansas Self-Paced Study, contact the Global Campus at (479) 575-3647.
  5. Summer coursework at UA Fayetteville.

Keep in mind that these methods will award credit hours, but will not affect the University of Arkansas grade point average (with the exception of self-paced study through the University of Arkansas and summer coursework at UA Fayetteville). To calculate a grade point average for renewal purposes, use only the credits earned through attending the University of Arkansas or taking University of Arkansas self-paced study. This policy is related to the general university rule stating that grade points earned through transferred credit cannot be calculated into a student's University of Arkansas grade point average.

Scholarship Combination

The combination of all scholarships, loans, work-study, and grants (excluding Pell Grants) may not exceed the cost of attendance (COA) at the University of Arkansas. Cost of attendance is not reflective of actual billed charges for the University of Arkansas, but is rather a federally regulated figure, consisting of tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Cost of attendance limits the amount of scholarships and aid students attending the University of Arkansas may receive. Students receiving the New Arkansan NRTA or Alumni Legacy Scholarship will have a cost of attendance (COA) that reflects the cost to attend the University of Arkansas as a resident plus the applicable non-resident tuition percentage for tuition and fees purposes. Please see nrta.uark.edu for COA estimates based on the current year's cost.  For further details on COA, please contact the Academic Scholarship Office.

Conduct Expectations

Students will conform to all policies described in the University's Code of Student Life, regarding both academic and non-academic conduct. In the event of a disciplinary violation, university-authorized disciplinary sanctions may affect scholarship eligibility.

Contact Information

Amber Sisemore manages New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award renewal. Please feel free to contact her at (479) 575-3282 or amber@uark.edu.

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