UAMS Non-Resident Diversity Tuition Waiver

Eligible: New and Continuing CHP Students – Non-Arkansas Residents

Background and Purpose

This waiver is to:

  1. Assist educational programs at UAMS achieve established diversity recruitment goals.
  2. Increase the diversity of the applicant pools to UAMS education programs with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and geographic origins.
  3. Help defray rising educational costs for UAMS students especially those who are economically disadvantaged.
  4. Increase the diversity among the Arkansas health and healthcare professions workforce, especially those serving underrepresented and medically underserved populations.

Award Amount and Timing

The award will reduce the tuition of out-of-state students to the in-state (resident) rate.  Each year, the Chancellor will approve up to two (2) applications from each of the colleges and the Graduate School to reduce the tuition of out-of-state students to the in-state (resident) rate, based upon the criteria established for this program. The recipient’s residency status will not be affected for admission purposes, only for tuition cost purposes.

The College of Health Professions can award up to two Non-Resident Diversity Tuition Waivers per scholarship cycle.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant for the Non-Resident Diversity Scholarship Program must plan to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree or post-baccalaureate, advanced or graduate certificate at UAMS.
  2. The applicant must be accepted by a UAMS college or the Graduate School for the period for which he/she is applying for the tuition waiver.
  3. The applicant must be enrolled for a minimum of at least half-time as defined by the program/college to which he/she is accepted.

Selection Criteria

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Community Involvement
  3. Leadership in Academic and/or Non-Academic Settings
  4. Preference will be given to applicants who a) plan to stay in Arkansas after graduation; or b) have established ties to the state which increase the likelihood that they will stay in the state to work after graduation. These ties or connections to the state should be explained in the application. Applicants who cannot demonstrate these ties or intentions are still eligible to apply.

Application and Selection Process

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. The applicant must submit to the Dean a completed Non-Resident Diversity Scholarship Program Online Application (completing all portions of the application i.e., racial, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic, etc.).
  2. The applicant must include a 500-word essay describing a) his/her academic background and professional aspirations, with particular emphasis on challenges that the applicant has encountered, or continues to encounter; b) the impact that the tuition waiver would have on his/her ability to fulfill those plans and aspirations.
  3. The applicant must include two (2) letters of reference from persons familiar with his/her academic work and professional character. (If the applicant provided letters of reference as part of an admission packet, those letters may be used to fulfill this part of this application.
  4. Tuition Waiver decisions will be made once the application period closes.

The College of Health Professions Dean will review applications and identify a maximum of two (2) total applicants each year that clearly meet the criteria and guidelines set out for the program.