School Funding

Deadline for School Funding Applications

The Pine Bluff Community Foundation will be accepting scholarship applications from Feb. 1 through March 15, according to a news release.

Pine Bluff and Jefferson County students can go to and apply for available scholarships. The scholarships are administered by the Community Foundation of Arkansas. The Pine Bluff area scholarships are listed in the Southeast region. Last year, $36,000 in scholarships were awarded.

Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria; In general, Pine Bluff Community Foundation scholarships are for area students pursuing higher education at two- or four-year colleges or universities, vocational schools, or technical training programs. Some scholarships are for graduates of a particular high school or those planning to attend a particular college. Others are based on extracurricular activities or planned college majors, according to the release.

High school students from Pine Bluff and Jefferson County are eligible to apply for these scholarships, established for students in the general fields of athletics, history, library science, English, education, nursing health and/or hospital administration.

The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation awards approximately 15 scholarships in the area. The local scholarship committee will review applications in March.

The Robert P. Atkinson Leadership Scholarship is used for a student pursuing a master’s or higher degree with a major in health care administration.

The Betty Abbott Scholarship and the Pinchback Taylor Scholarship are available through Southeast Arkansas College, and the William A. and Genevieve H. Strong Scholarship is available through the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

“The funding for these scholarships comes from families, businesses and individuals who want to support higher education and invest in our students,” said Lawrence Fikes, executive director of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation. These donors determine the size and eligibility criteria of the scholarships they create, and we manage the scholarship process on their behalf.”