Educational Foundation

Foundation History

The Arkansas School Boards Association established an Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, to support public education in Arkansas. The foundation established a scholarship program in 1992, and the first scholarships were awarded in 1994.

The Arkansas School Boards Association Educational Foundation Scholarship Program benefits the children of ASBA-affiliated Arkansas school board members. Recipients must attend two-year or four-year Arkansas institutions of higher education.

Five scholarships are awarded annually, one from each of the state’s four congressional districts and one at-large named the J.K. Williams Memorial Scholarship in honor of a longtime educator and former ASBA Executive Director. A committee assigned by the ASBA Board of Directors reviews scholarship applications and determine awardees. Awards are made before the fall school term.

Click here to view the Educational Foundation brochure, which includes a donation card.

Scholarship Program

Since 1994 the ASBA Educational Foundation has awarded college scholarships to children of Arkansas school board members. The awards are based on a student’s academic record and leadership potential. Each one-time Freshman Scholarship is $650 and will be and offered to entering freshmen at Arkansas two-year or four-year institutions of higher education. One award is made in each of the four congressional districts.

A one-time $650 scholarship, the J.K. Williams Memorial Scholarship named in honor of former ASBA Executive Director J.K. Williams, is awarded to the son/daughter/legal ward of an ASBA-affiliated Arkansas school board member who is pursuing an advanced degree in the field of education.

An applicant must be the child of a publicly elected Arkansas school board member, and the applicant’s parent/legal guardian must serve on his/her local school board at some time during the school year in which the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship selection committee will evaluate applications based on:

  • Academic performance

  • Demonstrated leadership

  • Community involvement

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Special talents or unique endeavors

  • Future educational and career plans

Application submissions must include:

  1. Completed ASBA Educational Foundation Scholarship Application Form

  2. Three letters of recommendation (one each) from a teacher; principal or assistant principal; and a member of the community

  3. Student’s official transcript (seven semesters)

  4. An essay of no more than 500 words written by the student expressing goals, future plans, past activities, life/educational influences and a statement about how the scholarship would help the student to achieve his/her education and goals.

  5. A counselor-completed form and statement to include student’s seven-semester grade point average; class standing (rank and size of class); PACT/PSAT/ACT/SAT scores with state rank; End-of-course exam scores; and other pertinent information

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 1 of the year in which the student will enter college. Click here for a Freshman scholarship application in fillable PDF format. For the J.K. Williams scholarship application in fillable PDF format, click here.