Beginning February 1, Arkansas students can apply for more than 200 private scholarships through Arkansas Community Foundation. April 1, 2018 is the deadline to apply for most opportunities. Students can begin their application by visiting www.arcf.org/scholarships.

“Post-secondary education is a key to financial stability and opportunity,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “When Arkansans earn college degrees or professional certificates, they benefit as individuals and we all benefit as a state. The Community Foundation is honored to help connect students with the resources they need to keep learning.”

Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria; in general, the Community Foundation’s scholarships are for Arkansas students pursuing higher education at two- or four-year colleges or universities, vocational schools or technical training programs. Some scholarships are designated for graduates of a particular high school or those who plan to attend a particular college. Others are based on extracurricular activities or intended college majors.

Locally, students from Cleburne county are eligible to apply for the Jim & Jean Stanford Christian Health Center Scholarship, which is available to new or returning students studying in health-related fields. Founded by a generous donation from the late Jim & Jean Stanford to the Christian Health Center, this scholarship was created when the Center closed in 2014.

“Funding for these scholarships comes from families, businesses and individuals who want to support higher education and invest in Arkansas students,” said Kathy Phillips, executive director of the Cleburne County Community Foundation, Arkansas Community Foundation’s affiliate in the area. “These donors determine the size and eligibility criteria for the scholarships they create, and we manage the scholarship process on their behalf.”

More information is available online at www.arcf.org/scholarships.