The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus Outreach Scholarship was established in order to increase the number of qualified, yet underrepresented, minority college students entering the field of public service. The Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus (ADBC) will award up to two (2) scholarships to currently enrolled full-time students at Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


The ADBC will award two $500 scholarships. All scholarships will be mailed directly to the institution of attendance to be used to cover education-related expenses.


Applicants must be a student attending one of the following participating Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College, or the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; an Arkansas resident who has a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and has completed a total of 12 credit hours towards an undergraduate degree.

The anticipated degree must be in an academic area that will lead to a career in public service. The ideal candidate is a student with a demonstrated interest in working in public service.

Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate financial need. Democratic Party of Arkansas (DPA) officers, ADBC officers, and their immediate family members are not eligible.


A short personal statement essay (250-500 typed words) that addresses the importance of public service with and in minority communities.

A letter of recommendation. The recommendation should come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leaders, community leader, and volunteer organization) OR a person familiar with the student’s academic work. Contact information should be provided for each recommender. (No letter will be accepted from current or former DPA or ADBC officers.)

One (1) page résumé listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills.

A recent photograph suitable for publication.

Sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.


All application packets must be received by Friday March 9, 2018.

2018 ADBC Scholarship Application

Please mail application materials to:

ADBC Attn:
Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 55831
Little Rock, AR 72215