University of Arkansas S-STEM Physics Scholarship

ARK-PHYS is a scholarship program that provides up to $10,000 per year to students pursing a physics degree at the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Scholarships may be awarded to current U of A students, students transferring from another institution, or students applying to the U of A from high school. The purpose of the scholarship is to support academically talented students who due to financial considerations would have to work to support themselves through college, allowing those students to be full-time students and to extract greater benefit from their college careers.

Applying for the scholarship:

Questions: Contact Dr. John Stewart

Current University of Arkansas Physics Students

To apply for an ARK-PHYS scholarship, you must do the following:

  1. Complete the application form available here (Current Student Application).
  2. Complete a Federal Application For Student Aid at Print the report after completing the application and include it with the application form. You will need the Expected Family Contribution for the application form.
  3. Email the application form and report to Dr. John Stewart

Maintaining Your Scholarship

ARK-PHYS scholarships are renewed each semester until graduation. To continue to receive the scholarship, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in math and physics courses and the student's physics advisor (assigned when the student joins the department) must confirm that the student is taking the correct courses to progress toward a degree in physics. Students whose grade point average drops below 3.0 receive a warning and are given one semester to improve their grades. Students must complete 30 credit hours in a calendar year to be eligible for renewal, with a minimum enrollment of 12 credit hours per spring and fall semester.

Additional Requirements

ARK-PHYS scholars are expected to be fully engaged with the department and to do the kinds of things that lead to a successful career in physics. They are expected to join the Society of Physics Students, to attend meetings, and participate in events. ARK-PHYS scholars are expected, with the help of their physics advisor, to participate in research with the goal of entering research at the end of the sophomore year or as soon as possible after the award of the scholarship. ARK-PHYS scholars are expected to apply to Research Experience for Undergraduate programs discussed at Society of Physics Students meetings and perform research at another university in the summer of their junior year. ARK-PHYS scholars are expected to be full-time students; part-time jobs must be approved by Dr. John Stewart.

Contact Us

Email any inquiries to Dr. John Stewart at


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The ARK-PHYS scholarship program is supported by the National Science Foundation through their S-STEM grant program. Grant number DUE - 0966222.