Black Alumni Scholarships


How to Apply

ALL applicants - including incoming freshmen, transfer students and current UA students will apply using the new general scholarship application found on the Arkansas Alumni Association scholarships page.  Scholarships are available to both incoming freshmen and current UA students who meet specific criteria. Black Alumni Society Scholarships recognize students who contribute to the diversity of the University of Arkansas campus.



Eligibility Criteria

High school seniors must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for Black Alumni Association Freshmen Scholarships:

  • cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0
  • composite ACT score of 20 or higher or equivalent SAT score (930 pre-March 2016 or 1020 redesigned SAT); super-scores are accepted
  • unconditional admission to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for the 2017-2018 academic year
Generally, current University of Arkansas undergraduate students must meet the following criteria to be considered for Black Alumni Society Scholarships:
  • minimum cumulative UA grade point average of 2.50 (2.0 for St. James Missionary Baptist Church Non-Traditional Student Scholarship)
  • undergraduate student enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 hours per semester)

Other scholarships require students to be from a specific geographic region, have certain types of on-campus involvement, be non-traditional students, or have other unique characteristics.

Available Scholarships

Entering Freshmen Scholarships

1. Black Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship
  • With contributions from the University of Arkansas Black Alumni and friends, the University of Arkansas has established a four-year Black Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship. Applicants must be an entering freshman to apply for this scholarship.
2. Trent and Vivian Walton and Sheila Walton Moore Scholarship
  • The Trent and Vivian Walton and Sheila Walton Moore Scholarship is a one-year, $500 need-based scholarship awarded to an entering freshman whose parent or grandparent attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
3. Reggie Murdock, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Reggie and Willie Mae Murdock established the Reggie Murdock, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in recognition of their son Reggie Murdock, Jr. This is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to a student from Lee County. Applicants must be entering freshmen.
4. Breeding Razorbacks: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship
  • Kabrina Amey and LaKendra Spates established the Breeding Razorbacks: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship with three things in mind: 1) to help the Helena-West Helena community, 2) to lessen the high cost of paying for college for students and their parents and 3) to inspire others to pay it forward. Applicants must be 2017 graduates of Central High School in Helena-West Helena, AR and must contribute to the diversity of the University of Arkansas campus. 

Current University of Arkansas Students (see currently enrolled reference above)

1. Perry-Jones Scholarship
  • The Sammie Perry and Ernestine Jones Scholarship is a one-year scholarship worth $2,500. Applicants must be upperclassmen with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must be from one of three counties in Arkansas: Jefferson, Phillips, or Ouachita.
2. Emanuel and Alice Banks Scholarship
  • The Emanuel and Alice Banks Scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in engineering. This scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded annually. 

3.  Blakely Sophomore Scholarship

  • The Blakely Sophomore Scholarship is for a currently enrolled full-time student who has accrued between 30-59 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, has demonstrated financial need as determined by FAFSA information and contributes to the diverse educational environment at the U of A.

4.  St. James Missionary Baptist Church Non-Traditional Student Scholarship (available to entering freshmen or current student)

  • The St. James Missionary Baptist Church Non-Traditional Student Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who contributes to a diverse educational environment, who has financial need as determined by FAFSA .  Preference is first for a single parent and then non-traditional freshman who is degree seeking or current student with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per fall/spring semester.  Recipients must demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA.

5.  Victor A. and Monica E. Wilson Scholarship

  • The Victor A. and Monica E. Wilson Scholarship is for a junior or senior student enrolled in the Sam M. Walton College of Business or majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline.  A preference will be given for a first generation student or a student from an underrepresented student population.