Accelerate Student Achievement Program


ASAP Overview

The Accelerate Student Achievement Program (ASAP) celebrates and supports the academic achievement of first-generation and Pell-eligible Arkansas students at the University of Arkansas.

ASAP scholars jumpstart their U of A career by moving to campus in late July, completing a 2-hour course in early August, and participating in intentional events on campus and in the community. After this August bridge session, ASAP scholars continue to participate in activities that support their academic success throughout their college careers.

  • A summer bridge program in early August that includes 2 credit hours of university coursework and community engagement activities
  • Early academic, financial, and career guidance
  • Peer and professional mentoring
  • A renewable scholarship of $4,000 per year, for a possible total award of $16,000 over four years.
  • Opportunity to move to campus early as ASAP Scholars live in Yocum Hall with other ASAP Scholars during the August bridge session and freshman year

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Students should be:

  • Current high school seniors
  • Residents in one of the following counties in Arkansas: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, St. Francis, White, or Woodruff
  • Admitted to the University of Arkansas for the academic year immediately following high school graduation
  • First-generation college students and/or students who qualify to receive a Pell Grant (as determined by completing the FAFSA). Priority will be given to students who meet both of these qualifications.
    • "First-generation college student" is defined as those who will be the first in their immediate family to graduate from a four-year college or university
  • Committed to attending the University of Arkansas and living in the designated residence hall throughout both the bridge program and their freshman year

Time Commitment

  • Early December: ASAP application opens
  • February 12: ASAP application priority deadline
  • February 26: ASAP decision release
  • March: Housing Phase 1 deadline for ASAP Scholars
  • April: Housing Room Selection for ASAP Scholars
  • Late May through June 30: Attend a 2-Day New Student Orientation
  • July 27: ASAP Move-In Day
  • July 27 – August 8: ASAP Bridge Program
  • August 19: First Day of Fall 2024

How to Apply

Students who meet the eligibility requirements listed above will be invited to apply for ASAP participation. Eligible students will receive an email invitation with detailed application instructions during their senior year of high school.

I think I am eligible for ASAP, but I have not received an invitation to apply. What should I do?

Students who believe they may be eligible to apply for ASAP should contact us at or by phone at 479-575-4789.

Contact Information

ASAP Contact

Don Todd NixDon Nix
ASAP Program Director


ASAP Contact

Megan GarlandMegan Garland 
Associate Director of Arkansas Recruitment


For More Information

Dr. Trevor Francis

Director of Student Success and Associate Vice Provost

Dr. Leslie Yingling

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives / Associate Dean of Students