Any student who has been fully admitted to Arkansas State University-Beebe is eligible to apply for a variety of privately funded scholarships administered by ASU-Beebe and the ASU System Foundation, Inc. Many of the scholarships offered are for both fall and spring semesters, and some can be renewed for additional semesters, provided renewal criteria is met.
The Office of Institutional Advancement highly recommends that you complete an application and submit supporting documentation (resume, letter(s) of recommendation, essay, etc.) to strengthen your application. Deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 academic year is June 1, 2023.
Scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students. Scholarships may require evidence of scholastic achievement, community service, financial need and/or outstanding ability in the area of the award.
Scholarships vary in amounts and duration of award and are typically awarded based on availability of funds. All privately funded scholarship awards are for any ASU-Beebe campus located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and Little Rock Air Force Base. If you have any questions regarding privately funded scholarships or would like to review the renewal criteria, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 501-882-8855, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASU-Beebe Development Council Scholarship
The ASU-Beebe Development Council is a group of community leaders and friends of the college, who combine efforts to secure private funding to benefit students choosing to attend ASU-Beebe. The Development Council Endowment Scholarship was established in 2005 and is available to a sophomore student who has completed 30 credit hours at any ASU-Beebe campus.
ASU-Beebe General Scholarship
To qualify for this scholarship a student must be enrolled full time at the Beebe campus and have at least a 2.5 GPA. It can be awarded to either a traditional student or non-traditional student.
ASU-Beebe Heber Springs General Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Development Council. To qualify for this scholarship a student must be enrolled full time at the Heber Springs campus and have at least a 2.5 GPA. It can be awarded to either a traditional student or non-traditional student.
Billy F. Powell Scholarship
Friends and family endowed a scholarship in memory of Billy Powell, a former assistant professor at Arkansas State University-Beebe, in 2011 to help future students achieve their potential for many years to come. Mr. Powell was born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas in February 1935. Mr. Powell led a very distinguished career of owning a grocery store in Cotton Plant, serving in the Army, earning his education and served as Methodist minister for many years. This career path eventually led him to his second calling to teach. He began his career at ASU-Beebe in 1990 as an adjunct instructor and eventually become a full-time instructor in 1995 teaching classes such as introduction to psychology, sensation and perception, anthropology and comparative religion. In 2000-2001, Mr. Powell received the Positive Teacher Award, which is a student-elected recognition for outstanding teaching. He also received the ASU-Beebe Outstanding Faculty award at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference in 2002. The Billy F. Powell Scholarship is available to a student graduating from high school in White County, Lonoke County or Pulaski County planning to major in psychology or education that demonstrates financial need.
Brenda Shurley Scholarship
The Brenda Shurley Scholarship was established in 2003, and is made available by Brenda Shurley of Cabot, owner of the Shurley Method. This scholarship is available to a sophomore student that is majoring in education.
Brinkley Foundation Scholarship – Heber Springs
This scholarship was established by Jack and Olivia Dowell, because of their belief and dedication to education in Heber Springs. The Dowell’s own Camp Bear Track and Mr. Dowell serves on the ASUB Heber Springs Development Council. This scholarship is for a Cleburne County student majoring in education.
Business and Professional Women of Heber Springs Scholarship – Heber Springs
This scholarship is available to a resident of Cleburne County attending the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus. It is available to a freshman or sophomore majoring in any degree field.
Charles & Regina Stuart Scholarship – Heber Springs
This scholarship honors the commitment of Charles and Regina Stuart to education in general and to leadership achievement in the City of Concord and specifically Concord High School. To be eligible for this scholarship the student must be a resident of Concord and attended Concord High School, graduating with a 2.0 GPA. This applicant must have a counselor recommendation.
Denver and Ruby Nettles Scholarship
The Denver and Ruby Nettles Scholarship is a memorial scholarship, established in memory of Denver E. Nettles, a former assistant professor and division chair of the Agriculture Department at ASU-Beebe. Students who are freshman or sophomore status with financial need qualify for this scholarship.
Doris Sue Waddle-Whittaker Scholarship – Searcy
The Doris Sue Waddle Whittaker Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 by her family in honor of her memory. This scholarship is for a non-traditional student pursuing a career in nursing at the ASU-Beebe Searcy Campus.
Dr. Dianne Tiner-Logan Scholarship – Heber Springs
This scholarship was established in honor of the first vice chancellor of ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus. This scholarship is for a sophomore student majoring in education attending the Heber Springs campus. Dr. Logan was instrumental in guiding a dream into reality with her unwavering dedication to the extension of higher education into Cleburne County.
Dr. Hazel C. Dickey Scholarship
As an emeriti professor that taught business at ASU-Beebe for 32 years before retiring in 2000, Dr. Dickey made the commitment to the future for ASU-Beebe students majoring in business. In her many years of teaching, Dr. Dickey held numerous leadership positions in addition to a classroom instructor of business. She chaired the Division of Applied Arts at ASU-Beebe. She was responsible for the development of the Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology degree at ASU Beebe. Her impact in teaching was further recognized by twice being named to the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, as well as receiving the ASU-Beebe Positive Teacher Award – which she says holds special significance because this award is nominated by students. Dr. Dickey is still very connected to ASU-Beebe and serves on the ASU-Beebe Board of Visitors, the ASU-Beebe Development Council as well as serving on the ASU System Foundation Board of Directors. She says today’s students have many more options and fewer come to college with a firm path in mind for a career.
Dr. Judy McKay Scholarship
The Dr. Judy McKay Endowment Scholarship was established by former Chancellor Dr. Eugene McKay and his sons Shaun, Kevin and Robert in honor of his wife and their mother, Dr. Judy McKay, a retired ASU-Beebe associate professor of English. This scholarship is available to a freshman or sophomore student with consideration given to financial need.
Dr. Ruth Couch Endowment Scholarship
The Ruth Couch Endowment Scholarship, established by Dr. Couch in 2005, has left a legacy in education and community service impacting many future generations. Dr. Ruth Couch was born and raised in Magnolia and dreamed of being a teacher and achieving her doctorate. In 1971, Dr. Couch began her 32-year career at Arkansas State University-Beebe as an assistant professor in English and was the first faculty to receive a doctorate. She then served as division chair, and in 1994 was appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This scholarship is available to a full-time student on any ASU-Beebe campus.
E.H. “Doc” and Ruth Abington Scholarship
The E.H. “Doc” and Ruth Abington Scholarship was established in 1999 to further the education of students in the community and to carry on the legacy of the name. The “Abington” name is a legacy that has been associated with this university since the beginning. The college library is also named Abington Library in their honor. This scholarship is available to a student who has completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at ASU-Beebe and has 3.0 grade point average at the time of the award.
England Challenge Scholarship – Walter D. England
Walter D. England, former Dean of ASU-Beebe, established the England Challenge Scholarship in 1996 to benefit students pursuing a career in teaching. This student must be a sophomore with a 3.25 GPA. Dean England was truly a part of a teaching dynasty. He was one of nine children and eight of the nine became teachers accumulating over 256 years of teaching. Including spouses and children cumulatively there have been 534 years of making a difference in the lives of future leaders in our communities. Dean England retired from ASU-Beebe in 1977. The ASU-Beebe Fine Arts building was dedicated in his honor in 2010 as the Walter D. England Center and houses the arts and humanities programs, including the campus Art Gallery.
Eoff Family Scholarship
The Eoff Family Scholarship was established by Cathy Eoff in 2006 as a memorial to her family who taught her the importance of hard work and education. Cathy has lived in Beebe since 1975 and is owner of Eoff & Associates Realty Inc. When not working at her business, Eoff is an active volunteer in the community. She is on the Board for Centennial Bank, the ASU-Beebe Board of Visitors and has been a dedicated member of the Development Council since its inception in 1997. She also serves on the ASU-Beebe Lecture-Concert Committee. She has been inducted into The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR). Cathy Eoff has been a tremendous supporter of Arkansas State University-Beebe and education. This scholarship allows students an opportunity that they may never have had without this type of financial support. The Eoff Family Scholarship is available to a freshman student.
Gerald “Jerry” Smith Scholarship – Heber Springs
The Gerald "Jerry" Smith Scholarship was established to assist students pursuing a degree or certificate at ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus, with preference to students who are the first in their families to attend college. To qualify for the scholarship students must be pursuing a degree or certificate at the Heber Springs campus, can be part-time or full-time status, and reside in the city of Rosebud or Cleburne County. Mr. Smith’s interest in establishing the scholarship came from seeing the value of education and the support he received in finishing college. As a first-generation college student, he also served as an example for his two brothers to attend college.
Jack Raber ROTC Memorial Scholarship
The Jack Raber ROTC Memorial Scholarship was named in memory of the late Jack Raber, who was a business instructor at ASU-Beebe at the time of his death. This scholarship is for an ASU-Beebe ROTC student entering their sophomore year with a 3.0 GPA enrolled in mandated Military Science Leadership courses.
James and Wilma Beard Scholarship
The James and Wilma Beard Scholarship, established by the late Wilma Beard in memory of her husband, James, is given to a full-time ASU-Beebe student at the Beebe campus. Mr. Beard served in the U.S. Army with the 43rd General Hospital as a medic from August 1942 to December 1945. He had two bronze stars, five overseas bars, and other buttons and ribbons. Before retirement, Mr. Beard was a foreman for the ASU-Beebe Farm for over fourteen years. He also worked at AP&L (now Entergy) and was a carpenter and a dairy farmer.
Jeannie Myers Lindsey Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the career of Jeannie Lindsey, a retired faculty member who served at ASU-Beebe for 37 years. During her many years of service, Lindsey is credited with creating and expanding the curriculum for both men’s and women’s physical education programs as well as founding the AAU Women’s basketball team at ASU-Beebe. The team reigned as state champions for two years before she helped create the two-year women’s athletic conference in Arkansas. She rose through the ranks and in 1970 was appointed as chair of the Division of Education and Social Sciences at ASU-Beebe. Lindsey continued to coach at ASU-Beebe until 1980. She pioneered the Ozark Women’s Jr. College Athletic Association and established a women’s track team that competed against 4-year universities, a championship women’s archery team, a gymnastics team and an aerobics program that is still part of ASU-Beebe’s physical education curriculum. In addition to her numerous state championships and titles as a coach, Jeannie Lindsey also earned ASU-Beebe’s Distinguished Faculty Award. This scholarship is available to a full-time student with preference given to graduates of Des Arc High School and recipients of the Cap-Myers Award.
Judd Hill Foundation Scholarship – Heber Springs
The Judd Hill Scholarship was established in 2016 by Mike Gibson of Heber Springs, trustee of the Judd Hill Foundation, former member and chairman of the ASU Board of Trustees, and who currently serves on the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Development Council. This scholarship is for an ASU-Beebe student majoring in a health profession or agriculture, that is attending the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus. The Judd Hill Foundation was created in 1985 by Esther Chapin, who passed in 1991 leaving her entire estate including a 4,000-acre farming operation, to Judd Hill Foundation. The foundation has made numerous contributions for the improvement of agriculture and healthcare in Arkansas since its inception. The foundation was created for the purpose of research, experimentation and the dissemination of information to the public on progressive techniques in farming. Today, the farm produces 3,800 acres of cotton annually.
Larry Sims Agricultural Scholarship
The Larry Sims Agriculture scholarship was established by Marchia Sims, a retired ASU-Beebe employee of 26 years, alumni of ASU-Beebe and wife of the late Larry Sims. In 2005, Mr. Sims passed away suddenly, and she wanted to leave a legacy in loving memory of her husband. The Larry Sims Agriculture scholarship, which began in 2005, is available to any Arkansas high school graduate who is a sophomore at ASU-Beebe majoring in agriculture. Larry W. Sims was from Austin and was a 1959 graduate of Cabot High School. Mr. Sims was an alumnus of ASU-Beebe, attended from 1959-1961, and transferred to Arkansas State University graduating in 1963 with a degree in agriculture. After graduation, he then went on to be a field inspector for the Arkansas State Plant Board for over thirty-eight years.
Leon and Virginia Shanack Scholarship
The Leon and Virginia Shanack Scholarship was established by a former ASU-Beebe employee in honor of her parents. This scholarship is available to a non-traditional freshman or continuing education student. If the student is continuing education, they must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Special consideration will be given for financial need.
Lillian and Mark Barnett Scholarship – Heber Springs
This scholarship has been established to honor the Barnett family from the Heber Springs area that supports future generations of students attending the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus. The scholarship is available to a Heber Springs High school student and preference is given to education and medical majors.
Linda Jo Welch Memorial Scholarship
The Linda Jo Welch Memorial Scholarship was named in memory of the late Linda Jo Welch, who was a business instructor at ASU-Beebe at the time of her death. This scholarship is to benefit an ASU-Beebe student majoring in business.
Marvin and Geraldine Speight Educational Scholarship
The Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Speight Educational Scholarship at ASU-Beebe was established through the Arkansas Community Foundation in 2016. This scholarship is for a full-time student attending the ASU-Beebe campus. In 1953, Coach Speight began coaching junior college basketball at Arkansas State University-Beebe. In 1963 he was offered his dream job of being the head basketball coach at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He guided what was then known as the Indians to several postseason appearances, with their best season coming in the 1966 campaign. Coach Speight remained at ASU until 1969, when he stepped away from coaching to focus on being an educator full time.
Millan Burrow Memorial Scholarship
The Millan Burrow Memorial Scholarship was established by the family to honor the Burrow family patriarch and community pharmacist Millan Burrow, to further invest in students, the college, community and the people of Beebe. To qualify for the scholarship the recipient must be a Beebe High School student with a 2.5 grade point average or higher, demonstrate community service, be enrolled as a freshman, full-time student at ASU-Beebe with an emphasis in Pharmacy Technology, Pre-Pharmacy, Medical Lab Technology, Veterinary Technology, or health sciences majors.
R.V. Powell Memorial Scholarship
The R.V. Powell Memorial Scholarship was established early in the history books dating back to the early 1930’s in memory of R.V. Powell, a longtime local businessman and friend of ASU-Beebe. R.V. Powell along with State Senator W.H. Abington, who was a local doctor, along with many others had a vision for a “Junior Agricultural School of Central Arkansas” right here in Beebe. Both R.V., his wife Eugenia, and their family have given back to ASU-Beebe, the community, and have kept the family legacy alive 91 years later. Their time, energy and financial support over the years have been an integral foundation to making ASU-Beebe a success. This scholarship is one of the oldest and longest standing in the history of ASU-Beebe and is available to agriculture majors, with an emphasis on academic achievement and agriculture.
Resident Student Scholarship
The scholarship was established to ease the burden of students living on campus. To be eligible to receive this scholarship a student must reside in campus resident halls, have completed 24 credit hours, be enrolled and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, show financial need, and be involved with on campus activities.
PLEASE NOTE: The application for this scholarship will need to include a recommendation from a student services professional at ASU-Beebe.
Robin Hayes Inspirational Achievement Scholarship
The Robin Hayes Inspirational Achievement Scholarship was established by John P. Hayes to honor his wife, Robin Hayes. Mrs. Hayes, former Arkansas State University-Beebe Director of Admissions, retired in 2019 leaving a legacy of service spanning several decades. She arrived at ASU-Beebe in the fall of 1999 as a student recruiter for Admissions. Hayes also attended ASU-Beebe from 1974 to 1976. This scholarship is available to a student majoring in Health Science and for a business major.
Shane Broadway Public Health Distinguished Student Scholarship
The Shane Broadway Public Health Distinguished Student Scholarship was established in honor of Shane Broadway the Vice President of University Relations for the ASU System by Gina Rains at Economic Recovery Consultants, Inc. This scholarship is available for a single parent enrolled in the nursing program, who is a resident of White County and has maintained a 3.0 grade point average.
Sharae Elizabeth Jones Memorial Scholarship
The Sharae Elizabeth Jones Memorial Scholarship, formerly known as Jones Family Trust, is given in memory of Sharae Jones. This scholarship is available to a full- time student with cumulative GPA of 3.0 their senior year of hight school or freshman year at ASU-Beebe and cannot be the recipient of a federally funded grant. Special consideration will be given to a self-supported student or a student that comes from a household with annual income of less than $40,000 (non-adjusted gross income).
Spradlin Family Scholarship
The Spradlin Family Scholarship was established to honor the family and is given to a Beebe High School math or science major. The student must be a first-time entering freshman and have a GPA of 3.0. A letter of recommendation must be submitted from a faculty member, administrator, or counselor, as well as a letter outlining personal goals.
Steve Storm Memorial Scholarship – Heber Springs
The Steve Storm Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 and allows for a math or science major each year to receive this scholarship in his memory. Mr. Storm was the first instructor of math and science at ASU-Beebe Heber Springs. He taught physics, physical science, earth science, calculus, college algebra, and developmental algebra. In addition to teaching, Mr. Storm was instrumental in starting online courses for the university. He served as WebCT coordinator, trained instructors to teach online, and conducted orientations for online students. Mr. Storm was named the ASU-Beebe Outstanding Faculty member at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference. He received two Chancellor’s Awards and served on the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Development Council. Mr. Storm was also a member of the team that designed the beautiful campus of ASU-Beebe Heber Springs. This scholarship is available to a high school student who has graduated from Heber Springs High School with a 3.25 GPA.
Vernon and Mary Wold Scholarship – Heber Springs
This scholarship was established by Vernon and Mary Wold leaving a lasting legacy showing their commitment to education in Cleburne County. This scholarship is available to a resident of Cleburne County enrolled full-time at the ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus. The student must have a 2.5 GPA.
Veterinary Technology Program Scholarship
The Veterinary Technology Program Scholarship was established to benefit a student with financial need in the Veterinary Technology program at ASU-Beebe. A student must be enrolled full time and can either be a freshman or sophomore. Financial need will take precedence over scholastic standing.
W.H. Owen Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Chancellor William H. Owen, Jr. (1981-1994) brought to the college a strong commitment from the Beebe community. He was a native of Beebe, a graduate of ASU-Beebe, a history teacher for ASU-Beebe, and worked as the University’s Registrar/Dean of Students. He then became Chancellor in 1981. Chancellor Owen ushered into ASU-Beebe not only the technology programs of ASTI but also the University’s first additional campus (located at Newport) now known as ASU-Newport. Sadly, Chancellor Owen passed suddenly in 1994. In honor of his contributions to ASU-Beebe, the University Center was re-named the Owen Center. Also, the William H. Owen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 for a sophomore majoring in any degree program at ASU-Beebe.
Outstanding John Deere Ag-Tech Student Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in the spring semester of the sophomore year to the student with the highest overall college Grade Point Average (GPA) over 3.0 and the highest, Grade Point Average (GPA), in the John Deere courses. College Grade Point Averages are calculated after the freshman summer internship grades are submitted. The John Deere Program Grade Point Averages are calculated up to and using the mid-term grades for the fall semester John Deere classes of the student’s sophomore year. The student with the highest average of these GPAs is awarded this Scholarship. There is one (1) Outstanding John Deere Ag-Tech Student Scholarship awarded per year to the selected sophomore student.
John Deere Ag-Tech Student Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded in the spring semester of the sophomore year to the students with high overall college Grade Point Averages (GPAs) over 3.0 and the high-Grade Point Average in the John Deere courses. College Grade Point Averages are calculated after the freshman summer internship grades are submitted. The John Deere Program Grade Point Averages are calculated up to and using the mid-term grades for the fall semester John Deere classes of the student’s sophomore year. The students with the highest average of these GPAs are awarded this scholarship. There are eight (8) John Deere Ag-Tech Student Scholarships awarded per year to the selected sophomore students.
Note: Funding for these scholarships comes from the John Deere Company through the John Deere College Partnership Managers Office