Scholarship Application and Essay Deadlines

  • Atkinson Scholarship – June 1st
  • Hallman Scholarship – Extended deadline for May 2021 graduates will be March 8th.
  • All remaining Scholarships – April 1st

NOTE: You may apply after the deadline and your application will be considered for any scholarships that are still available.

Complete list of SAU Foundation Scholarship Awards

Apply for an SAU Foundation Scholarship Award

General Information

  • SAU Foundation Scholarship Awards are supplemental funds which do not generally provide full tuition and/or housing.
  • SAU Foundation Scholarships Awards are for one semester or one school year based on funds available. Recipients who wish to be considered for the next school year must re-apply.
  • Awards funded by endowments will repeat each year although the amounts may vary.
  • Awards funded by annual gifts will repeat when the donor renews his support.
  • Students who wish to apply for SAUF Scholarship Awards should fill out the SAUF Scholarship online application and with required essay.


  • Each scholarship award may have specific criteria. Generally, applicants should be full-time, degree-seeking students who have been accepted by or are currently enrolled at SAU.
  • Preference is given to students who are not over-awarded [not receiving full financial aid].
  • Faculty may recommend students for the awards. Students may attach faculty recommendations to their applications.
  • Students who have taken out loans to cover their cost of attendance remain eligible for additional awards that may reduce their student loan balance.

Award Process

  • Scholarship awards will be made by the Scholarship Committee, consisting of representatives from the Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office, and SAU Foundation, in consultation with such other faculty/staff as they deem appropriate.
  • SAU Foundation will notify the recipient of the award and that they are to write a meaningful and appropriate thank you letter/note to their donor. Guidelines for the note are available on this website.
  • Student will deliver the note to SAU Foundation, which will forward the note to the donor with a letter of thanks.
  • Funds will be released to the student only after the thank you note is delivered.

Review Process

The following information may be considered:

  • Specific criteria for each scholarship
  • Grade point average and/or ACT scores
  • Academic progress in major field
  • Leadership abilities and involvement
  • Financial need

Mission Statement

The mission of Southern Arkansas University Foundation is to assist and coordinate in raising and managing funds and resources on behalf of Southern Arkansas University to be used exclusively in furthering the literary, scientific, and educational purposes of the university.

Contact Us

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Magnolia, AR 71753-2181
Overstreet 306
Office (870) 235-4078
Fax (870) 235-5356