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— Arkansas students can now apply for more than 200 private scholarships through Arkansas Community Foundation.

Scholarship applications were taken beginning Feb. 1, and the deadline to apply for most opportunities is April 1. 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.

Students from Ouachita County are eligible to apply for these scholarships in the following categories:

• Allen Green Memorial Scholarship

• Dian Hendrick Memorial Teachers Scholarship

• Dr. Judy Abbott Memorial Scholarship

• Harmony Grove Alumni Scholarship

• Jim and Eva Pickett Full of Heart Athletic Scholarship

• Judy Abbott P.D., M.D. Scholarship

• Leadership Camden Area Junior Leadership Scholarship

• McGill Family Fund of 1999

“Funding for these scholarships comes from families, businesses and individuals who want to support higher education and invest in Arkansas students,” said Rajveer Kang executive director of Ouachita Valley 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.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities.

The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs.

“By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps,” the organization’s website states.

Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

For more information contact ACF Executive Director Rajveer Kang at 870-818-1867, or send an email to ouachitavalley@arcf.org

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