Scholarships and grants — money that does not have to be repaid — are naturally the most sought-after type of assistance.
Scholarships are provided through National Park College and the NPC Foundation through the generosity of industries, businesses, professional organizations, civic clubs, and individuals. The scholarship selection committees determine the recipient for those scholarships awarded by the College and the Foundation.
The scholarship program consists of two kinds of awards: merit-based scholarships and need-based scholarships. Scholarships are also awarded on a competitive basis applying the following criteria: academic excellence, achievement, leadership qualities, need or other criteria as stipulated by the donor.
Awards are usually restricted to tuition assistance and require the recipient to maintain a minimum GPA to continue the scholarship. Each scholarship is awarded for one academic year beginning with the Fall Semester. Students must reapply each year.
National Park College Scholarship Applications are available online. Please note the deadline for priority applications is April 1. Please submit a scholarship application by this date for priority consideration for all scholarships.
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Many organizations offer awards based on place of residence, background, professional affiliations and/or field of study. Students should search and apply for community scholarships independently. There are many free online scholarships search sites. In addition, book listings are available in bookstores and libraries.
If you are awarded a community scholarship you should provide a copy of the award notice to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that funds are available in a timely manner. Scholarship checks from outside donors should be sent to:
National Park College
ATTN: NPC Foundation
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Scholarship funds will be equally divided between the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise requested by the scholarship donor or indicated as a single semester disbursement.
You will generally have access to your funds within 48 hours to charge tuition and fees and/or purchase books and supplies in the Campus Bookstore. Organizations often contact the Financial Aid Office for potential scholarship recipients. This information is posted on our as it becomes available.
Community Scholarships are awards that come from agencies outside National Park College. There are thousands of scholarship agencies in the world. Scholarship agencies vary widely by scholarship amount and eligibility criteria, such as college major, intended career, research interests, academic excellence, volunteer experience, race/ethnicity, home town/state, or parent's employers.
Reputable scholarship search sites include bigfuture.org, schoolsoup.com, and fastweb.com, three nation-wide scholarship search engines. We encourage you to utilize multiple search engines in your search for scholarship funding.
Be cautious regarding organizations that charge a fee to help you find scholarships. Most legitimate scholarship searches are free. However, some professional organizations require membership in their organization as part of the eligibility requirements. In this case, the membership fee should allow you many benefits in addition to scholarship eligibility.
If you have questions about specific scholarships, please visit the NPC Financial Aid Office.