The Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Dependents Scholarship program provides an eight-semester scholarship to any state-supported college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas to dependents of Arkansas residents in one of the categories below who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty:
Law enforcement officers
Full-time or volunteer firefighters
Municipal and/or college or university police officers
Sheriffs or deputy sheriffs
Certain Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department employees
State forestry employees engaged in fighting forest fires
State correction employees killed or totally disabled due to contact with inmates or parolees
State park employees who are commissioned law enforcement officers or emergency response employees
Emergency Medical Technicians
Department of Community Punishment employees. *check back later for updates on scholarship availability.
For complete information regarding the Law Enforcement Officers' Dependents Scholarship Program (LEO), please see the LEO Rules and Regulations or call 501-54STUDY or 501-371-2050.
An Applicant must:
Be a bona fide Arkansas resident;
Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident alien;
Be the biological, stepchild, legally adopted child OR spouse of an eligible Arkansas law enforcement officer;
Be enrolled, or be accepted for admission to, an approved Arkansas public institution;
Provide required documentation as determined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in order to determine eligibility.
Continuing Eligibility Requirements
Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will reimburse the institution the cost of tuition, fees and dormitory room charges when provided in campus-owned facilities. The scholarship will not pay the cost of books, food, school supplies and materials, or fees for extracurricular activities. Dependent children are eligible to receive benefits for eight semesters and must be less than twenty-three (23) years of age on or before the first day of the semester or quarter. Spouses are entitled to an eight-semester scholarship. The spouse will no longer be eligible if he or she remarries. The benefits will cease at the end of the semester in which the spouse is currently enrolled at the time of the remarriage.