Arkadelphia Promise

  • State: Arkansas
  • Coverage: College of Recipients Choice
  • Status: Active
  • Institution Type: 4 - year
  • Funding: last dollar
  • Year(s): 2011
  • Funding Source: private
  • Matriculation Age: recent high school graduates only
  • Semester(s) Covered: more than four semesters

School(s): Arkadelphia Promise

Influenced by the success of Arkansas’s existing El Dorado Promise, the Arkadelphia Promise was founded in 2010. In part, the Arkadelphia Promise is an effort to revitalize and strengthen the city. The Arkadelphia Promise both entices businesses to locate to the area and cultivates a pipeline of educated workers through the opportunity to access higher education.

The program serves graduates of Arkadelphia High school, helping students pay for tuition and fees for up to 30 college credit hours per year. To be eligible, students must first qualify for the Arkansas Academic Challenge (Lottery) Scholarship by scoring a 19 on the ACT or have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, among other criteria.

The Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship will pay up to $4,000 for freshman year while the Lottery Scholarship will pay $1,000. Most college fees, though not all, will be covered by The Arkadelphia Promise. Both scholarships will be sent directly to the college each semester, and students will continue to receive funding as long as they remain enrolled throughout the academic year. Unlike many other College Promise programs, students can use funds from Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship at out of state colleges or universities.

Program Links

  • Address:
    235 N. 11th St
  • Arkadelphia, AR 71923
  • United States
  • Email:
  • Phone:

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