Scholarships Grants awards
Scholarships Grants Awards



The Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children has four scholarships available for the coming year:

Dr. Ada Thompson Scholarship for $1,500.00
John Prewitt Scholarship for $1,500.00
AR-CEC Paraprofessional Scholarship for $1,500.00
AR-CEC Exceptional Student Scholarship for $1,500.00

Scholarship Application [PDF Form]

(In order to digitally sign the form, you will need to save the PDF to your computer and use the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form. Otherwise, you may print, sign, and scan the form.)

Submit the completed application (including supporting documents) to:

Ms. Lisa Washington

AR-CEC Scholarship Chair

Applicants who prefer to mail the application (including supporting documents) should use the following address:

Ms. Lisa Washington
AR-CEC Scholarship Chair
711 Clinton Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923


Nominations must be received by May 31 each year.

Scholarship recipients will be honored at the AR-CEC Fall Conference luncheon. Please attend the luncheon and congratulate the award recipients.



College and University Scholarships

The Dr. Ada Thompson Scholarship and the John Prewitt Scholarship may be awarded to a member of Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children for undergraduate or graduate level courses, from an approved university, working toward certification or a degree in special education or graduate study in fields related to education and training of children with exceptionalities. Dr. Ada Thompson was a professor employed by the University of Arkansas who was loved and respected by teachers, students and administrators throughout Arkansas and the United States. John Prewitt was a passionate, innovative champion for students with disabilities who served in numerous leadership roles throughout the state of Arkansas.


Dr. Ada Thompson - Professional Biography

John Prewitt - Professional Biography

Paraprofessional Scholarship

The AR-CEC Paraprofessional Scholarship may be awarded to an individual currently employed as a paraprofessional in a special education program, who has less than sixty college hours. This scholarship is to be awarded to an individual desirous of a degree in the field of special education or a related field.