Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ most populous county sent more students to college on lottery-fund scholarships than any other county this fall, and the state’s flagship state university enrolled more lottery scholarship recipients than any other school.

A reported released by the state Department of Higher Education on Monday showed that more than 4,092 of the students attending two- and four-year colleges in Arkansas on lottery-funded scholarships are from Pulaski County.

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville admitted the most lottery-funded scholarship students at 5,478.
“This looks at the total number by county and by institution,” said Shane Broadway, the state’s interim higher education director.

He said a comprehensive report on the lottery scholarship program and the students who have received lottery scholarships is to be presented to the Higher Education Coordinating Board next month.

“We hope to have a bigger breakdown on all recipients, but especially the traditional recipients, those right out of high school last year,” Broadway said.

He said the report would look at students who retained their scholarships, as well as “those who didn’t, what were their high school GPAs, ACT scores, did they take smart core, did they need to be remediated” — by county, by higher education institution and high school.

The Dec. 2 meeting at the Pulaski Technical College Aerospace Technology Center at the Little Rock airport will coincide with the annual conference for state college and university trustees.

As of Monday, 31,268 students held lottery scholarships, down from 32,447 a year ago, Broadway said, adding he thought the difference was “not significant.”

“A lot of (the drop) is from graduations, a lot of the nontraditional students, because the first ones funded had over 90 (semester) hours,” he said. “So you have had a lot of them graduate.”

The county with the second highest number of students receiving lottery-funded scholarships as of Monday was Washington with 2,059, followed by Benton County with 1,937, Faulkner County with 1,711 and Sebastian County with 1,482.

Jefferson County had 777 students on lottery-funded scholarships.

Among state universities, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway enrolled 3,748 students receiving lottery scholarships, Arkansas State University in Jonesboro 3,274, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville 2,914 and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock 1,830.