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How to Receive a Scholarship from Williams

1.  Complete the Application for Admission, which also serves as our Scholarship Application.

2.  Graduating Seniors: Send us an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT score.    

3.  After receiving all your credentials (Application for Admission and Scholarships, transcripts, and ACT or SAT score) we will evaluate your documents and contact you within one week to inform you of your possible academic scholarship award.

Williams Scholarship with Honors Program

Students with an ACT of 28 or higher and a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 are eligible to compete for the following scholarships within the Williams Scholarship with Honors Program:

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP
At least one applicant will be chosen each year to receive full tuition, non-private room, and board.  This four-year scholarship is awarded to one freshman completing an admissions application for one of the academic programs of Williams, who has a composite score of 30 or higher on the ACT and a minimum sixth or seventh semester high school GPA of 3.5.  The Trustee's Scholarship deadline is January 20.  The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on at least 15 credit hours per semester.

FOUNDER'S SCHOLARSHIP
A select group of recipients will receive the Founder's Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 per semester for residential students or $5,000 per semester for commuter students.  This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen completing an admissions application for one of Williams’ academic programs, having a minimum composite score of 28 on the ACT, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.25. The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study the first four semesters at Williams.  Thereafter, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be required to retain this scholarship.

HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP
A select group of recipients will receive a the Heritage Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 scholarship per semester for residential students or $4,000 per semester for commuter students.  This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen completing an admissions application for one of Williams’ academic programs, having a minimum composite score of 28 on the ACT, and a minimum high school GPA of 3.25. The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study the first four semesters at Williams. Thereafter, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be required to retain this scholarship.

PRESIDENT'S ELITE SCHOLARSHIP
A select group of recipients will receive a the President's Elite Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 scholarship per semester for residential students or $3,700 per semester for commuter students.  This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen completing an admissions application for one of Williams’ academic programs, having a composite score of 28 on the ACT, and having a minimum high school GPA of 3.25. The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study for the first four semesters at Williams. Thereafter, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be required to retain this scholarship. 

NOTE:  Two reference forms are required and made available to the applicant once he or she is accepted for admission. (One recommendation is required from a teacher or administrator and one recommendation is required from a pastor or church leader).  Scholarship award notifications will be mailed beginning in January.

Other Academic/Leadership Opportunities

LAWRENCE COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP
High school seniors who graduate from one of the five schools in Lawrence County are eligible.  Students must score at least a 19 on the ACT and have a high school GPA of a 2.5.  The amount of the scholarship ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 per semester depending on the student's ACT.  This scholarship may not be stacked with other institutional scholarships from Williams such as merit-based, restricted, performance-based, or church-related scholarships.

RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP
High school seniors who graduate from one of the two schools in Randolph County are eligible.  Students must score at least a 19 on the ACT and have a high school GPA of a 2.5.  The amount of the scholarship ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 per semester depending on the student's ACT.  This scholarship may not be stacked with other institutional scholarships from Williams such as merit-based, restricted, performance-based, or church-related scholarships.

PRESIDENT'S SELECT SCHOLARSHIP
The President's Select Scholarship pays up to $2,500 per semester for students living in College housing or up to $2,200 per semester for commuter students. This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen completing an admissions application for one of the academic programs of Williams who have a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT and a sixth or seventh-semester high school GPA of 3.0 or Valedictorian of their high school class. The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study the first four semesters at Williams. Thereafter, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be required to retain this scholarship.

PRESIDENT'S SCHOLARSHIP
The President's Scholarship pays up to $2,000 per semester for students living in College housing or up to $1,700 per semester for commuter students. This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen completing an admissions application for one of the academic programs of Williams who have a composite score of 24-25 on the ACT and a sixth or seventh-semester high school GPA of 3.0 or salutatorian of their high school class. The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study the first four semesters at Williams.  Thereafter, a 2.5 cumulative GPA will be required to retain this scholarship.

DEAN'S SCHOLARSHIP
The Dean's Scholarship pays up to $1,500 per semester for students living in College housing and up to $1,200 per semester for commuter students. This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen that have a composite score of 22-23 on the ACT and a sixth or seventh semester high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study the first four semesters at Williams. Thereafter, a 2.25 cumulative GPA will be required to retain this scholarship.

TOP 10% SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship pays up to $1,500 per semester for students living in College housing and up to $1,200 per semester for commuter students. This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshman who have a composite score of less than a 22 on the ACT, a minimum seventh semester high school GPA of 3.5, and are in the top 10% of their high school class. This scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study the first four semesters at Williams. Thereafter, a 2.25 cumulative GPA will be required to retain this scholarship.

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The Leadership Scholarship pays up to $1,000 per semester for students living in College housing and up to $700 per semester for commuter students. This four-year scholarship is awarded to freshmen that have a composite score of 19-21 on the ACT and a minimum high school GPA of 2.25. This scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completing a full-time course of study at Williams.  

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
The Private High School Scholarship pays up to $250 per semester for the first year only for students who attended a private high school.  This scholarship may be stacked with an academic scholarship.

HOMESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
The Homeschool Scholarship pays up to $250 per semester for the first year only for students who are homeschooled.  This scholarship may be stacked with an academic scholarship. 

Church Related Opportunities

ACTEENS
If you have completed a level of Missions Quest, you are eligible for the Acteens Scholarship which is worth varying amounts for 4 years.

CHURCH MATCHING SCHOLARSHIP
Williams will match contributions up to $200 per semester from the student’s church, regardless of denomination. The student may receive this scholarship for both semesters during the academic year. Checks (from the sponsoring church) must be received by November 15 for the fall semester and by April 1 for the spring semester. Checks received after the deadline will not be matched. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines, contributions for this scholarship must be from the church and cannot represent designated gifts from an individual for a particular student. (Church Matching Scholarship Form)

CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Christian Foundation Scholarship was developed to enable Southern Baptist churches and Williams to join together in a common goal of providing the finances needed to obtain a Christian education. Southern Baptist churches can sponsor a student by providing from $500 to $2000 per semester. Williams will match this contribution on a ratio of one to two dollars basis. Fall applications must be in by February 15 and Spring applications are due October 15. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines, contributions for this scholarship must be from the church and cannot represent designated gifts from an individual for a particular student.  (Christian Foundation Scholarship Form)

BAPTIST ASSOCIATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Baptist Associational Scholarship is made available to Baptist students who are nominated by Directors of Associational Missions. The Director of Missions of each Arkansas Baptist Association is encouraged to recommend one high school senior from their association for the scholarship. Students selected must enroll full-time at Williams for the semester following their selection. The award is valued at $500 per year and is offered for one year only.

MINISTERIAL DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is made available to dependent children of Southern Baptist ministers. Students receiving this award must be enrolled full-time at the College and must be financially dependent on their parent. Additionally, the parent must be (1) employed as a minister in a Southern Baptist Church; or (2) employed as a denominational employee of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention; or (3) a retired or deceased Southern Baptist minister; or (4) employed as an Associational missionary. The award of the Ministerial Dependent Scholarship is valued at $800 per year and is renewable. (Minister's Dependent Form)

PASTORAL MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIP
Provided in large part by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. For a ministerial student to receive this aid the following must be observed:    
    1. Student must be a Christian Ministry major.    
    2. Student must be involved in some form of ministry on a consistent basis while receiving the scholarship.    
    3. The student's home church must contribute the appropriate amount each semester.    
    4. The student must provide a copy of his ministerial license or ministerial ordination papers to the Chair of the Christian Ministries Department.    
    5. Students must sign a promissory agreement indicating they will repay the scholarship if they discontinue in a vocational ministry sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention.    
    6. Students must be a member of the campus Christian Ministries Association and must attend a specified number of meetings.    
    7. Student must fill out/update a “ministries form” with the Department of Christian Ministries.

A ministerial student, enrolled full-time, is eligible for a $825 ministerial loan-scholarship per semester if a sponsoring church contributes $125 per semester. If the ministerial student is employed by a church with an average worship attendance of one hundred or less, the convention will award $1650 ministerial loan-scholarship per semester if a sponsoring church contributes $125 per semester.

The church's contribution should be made by check payable to the “Arkansas Baptist State Convention” and sent to: Financial Aid Office, P. O. Box 3734, Walnut Ridge, AR. Applications can be obtained from Dr. Ken Gore.   

Performance Opportunities

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Available for both men and women in several sports. Scholarships range in value up to the full cost of tuition, room, and board. Cheerleading scholarships are also available.    
    For more information contact:        
        Athletic Director        
        Williams Baptist College        
        P.O. Box 3611        
        Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

An Art Scholarship is given annually by the Art Department and is awarded to a freshman Art Education or BA Art major. The amount of the Art scholarship will vary depending on other financial aid and the individual student's eligibility, but may range up to $2000 per semester.  This scholarship can be stacked with other academic and/or institutional scholarships.     
    For more information contact:        
        Chair, Department of Art        
        Williams Baptist College        
        Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

The Student Ambassador Scholarship is administered by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Students serve as campus hosts.      
    For more information contact:        
        Office of Institutional Advancement        
        P.O. Box 3736        
        Walnut Ridge, AR  72476

Music Accompanying Scholarship: Awarded to a student majoring in music who demonstrates exceptional skill in keyboard accompanying. The amount of this scholarship will range up to $2,000 per semester, depending on other financial aid and individual student eligibility. This scholarship can be stacked with other academic and/or institutional scholarships.

Williams Singers Scholarships
: Awarded to students with musical abilities who become members of the Williams Singers. This scholarship is awarded on an audition basis upon the recommendation of the music faculty. Students must be enrolled full time to receive this scholarship.

Music Talentship: Awarded to a full time student majoring in music and exhibiting outstanding musical abilities. The amount of the Music Talentship will vary depending on other financial aid and individual student eligibility. This scholarship can be stacked with other academic and/or institutional scholarships.     
    For more information contact:        
        Chair, Department of Music        
        Williams Baptist College        
        Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Combination Opportunities

MISSIONARY DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP
The Missionary Dependents' Scholarship is awarded to qualifying Southern Baptist students.  Each missionary’s dependent that is eligible for the School Allowance-Post Secondary from the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and meets Williams admissions standards will receive a full tuition, fees, semi-private room, and board award through a combination of federal, state, private funds, and the MK School Allowance-Post Secondary.  The scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on at least 12 credit hours per semester.

THE FAMILY AND CHILD SCHOLARSHIP
The Family and Child Scholarship is awarded to single students from the Arkansas Baptist Family and Child Care Services. This scholarship assures the recipient of a full tuition, fees, resident hall semi-private room and board award through a combination of federal, state, and private funds. The Family and Child Care Agency provides books and a personal expenses allowance. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

OFF CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships also have restrictions; however, in most cases the award is made by the donor or contributing group and not by Williams. 

Nancy Cooper, is for students committed to a career in missions or to vocational Christian ministry. The student must be an active member of a Southern Baptist church in Arkansas and have completed one year of college with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference shall be given to women applicants. Applications are available on-line from the Arkansas Baptist Foundation at http://www.abf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=11. The deadline is March 1.

Grace Fellowship is to be awarded to an orphaned, abandoned, or neglected student going into a Christian vocation. Applications are available on-line from the Arkansas Baptist Foundation at http://www.abf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=11.  The deadline is April 1.
 
Hammons Charitable Foundation, established in memory of Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Hammons by their son, Dr. Edward P. Hammons. Freshman or sophomores from eastern Arkansas or western Tennessee are eligible to apply. Applications are available on-line from the Arkansas Baptist Foundation at http://www.abf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=11. The deadline is February 1.

Harriet Elizabeth Pryor, is awarded by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and is for students entering mission work.  For more information, please contact Vera Clancy at vclancy@absc.org.

OTHER OPTIONS

Students with fewer than 24 hours of college credit will be reviewed for awards based on their combined high school grades, college performance, and test scores.  You may also qualify for a wide range of federal and/or state-sponsored financial awards, including grants, low interest educational loans, or college work-study.