June 1 deadline for Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

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    LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (KTHV) -- Just a few days remain for potential college students who want to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

    Most high schools in Arkansas are out for the summer. Don't forget there's still time to apply for the Academic Challenge Scholarship that is funded through the lottery.

    "I jumped out of bed and went into my mom's room and I told her I got it and I accepted it," says Holly Main.

    Main applied for the Academic Challenge Scholarship and qualified. She'll head to UCA in the fall. She's among the 19,000 traditional students who applied and 12,000 who have so far been accepted. Arkansas Higher Education Department Communications Coordinator Brandi Hinkle says the agency really beefed up its marketing efforts this year.

    "We have tried to advertise in some of the Hispanic publications and radio and urban radio and things of that nature. We try to do a nice selection of all cross markets," says Brandi Hinkle.

    The Higher Education Department is very strict on this year's deadline of June 1st. Paperwork like transcripts have to be in or you're not considered.

    Hinkle says 5,000 have started the process but have not provided all appropriate documents like the FASFA needed for taxes. But school counselors have tried to work around that.

    "We find some parents found it difficult to get to the internet. It's gotten difficult, so schools have opened up so parents could do some work," says Hinkle.

    And once you apply online, Main says it's easy. There was no way she was going to hesitate.

    "Because it's free money. I get $2,000 every semester. And that is helping me towards tuition," says Main.

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