LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The budget for the lottery-funded scholarships does not allow room for some qualified students.
State law caps the category at $12 Million, leaving many applicants unable to tap in.
"I thought this was the great Arkansas scholarship, so that was frustrating to me," says Jetta Schirmer who thought her grades would land her the Academic Challenge Scholarship.
Schirmer met the guidelines, but was originally denied because of the $12M cap. Schirmer still has hope. The higher education department announced today, it has awarded 1,800 scholarships to non-traditional students. That's a total of 3,500 fall and it may have an additional 400 by October.
"I have straight A's. It should be really easy to get a scholarship, but it wasn't at all."