Women for Harding

women-for-harding-logo.jpgFounded in 1965 as a Christian service organization, Women for Harding has a rich heritage in providing need-based scholarships for freshman men and women at Harding. Each year, volunteers throughout the country work together on numerous projects to fund these scholarships. Scholarship applications are available below.


Women for Harding is an organization dedicated to supporting Harding University in all her needs. We work to help promote the highest advantages in physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual education for every student of Harding University.

We strive to promote a clear understanding of Christian education and foster a spirit of friendship among the women who are interested in the development of Christian education, as well as continue to raise funds for the Women for Harding Freshmen Need-Based Scholarship Fund.

How Can I Help?

  • Pray for God’s blessings upon Harding and our volunteers.
  • Choose a membership level and pay dues.
  • Organize and participate in fundraisers in your community.
  • Host an event or dinner with alumni and friends.
  • Support and donate to the Women for Harding scholarship fund.

First Ladies Garden

"Honoring the past, beautifying the present and planting seeds for the future."

We invite you to honor a special woman or person in the First Ladies Garden with a 4"x12" Garden Plaque.

Bison Boxes, Gifts for Students

The purpose of our various projects is to support Harding University and its students by contributing money to the Women for Harding Scholarship Fund.

Send a little happiness from home to your student during the school year and help Associated Women for Harding raise money for its scholarship fund. All packages include discount coupons from local merchants. Order a Bison Box.



Need-based Scholarships

Online Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024

Award Notifications will be sent by March 15, 2024


Women for Harding is a group of women who raise money each year to provide need-based scholarships to help make a Christian college education at Harding University possible for many students. It designates monies raised annually to provide scholarships. Recipients must be enrolled at Harding to receive awarded funds.

Scholarships are made in varying sizes according to proven need. One half of the scholarship is given at the beginning of each semester. The student must remain in acceptable academic and social standing to receive the second semester funds. A 2.50 cumulative GPA is needed to receive second semester funds. Women for Harding is service oriented by nature so part of receiving this scholarship is taking time to give back. There are a number of events that students have the opportunity to be involved in throughout the year, 10 hours per semester suggested service hours. Their participation will be taken into consideration when reapplying for this scholarship. Students receiving Arkansas Governor's or Harding Trustee scholarships cannot also receive this Scholarship.

Required Elements:

The following Scholarship Application filled out in its entirety.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted for consideration for this scholarship (even if you don't think you'll be eligible for Federal Student Aid). The scholarship amount will be based on proven financial need. Consideration is given to those students who do not qualify for Pell Grant but who still need financial assistance. You can get a paper FAFSA from a high school counselor, or file the online FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need to start this process at least two weeks before the February 15th deadline.

Compose a personal essay to the Women for Harding Scholarship Committee responding thoroughly in your own words to the following questions. Attach to the scholarship application or email to jlcrisco@harding.edu.

1. Tell us about yourself.
2. What are three words that those closest to you would use to describe you and why?
3. What is a personal challenge you have faced and how did that experience shape you into who you are today?
4. What do you hope to major in? What influenced that choice or how did you become interested in that focus area?
5. Tell us about an area in your life where you feel successful and an area that you are working to improve on and personally grow.
6. What draws you to Harding University?
7. Why would you be an excellent recipient of this scholarship?

One (1) letter of recommendation must be submitted and serves an integral part of the decision-making process. The letter should be written by someone who truly knows the applicant and can provide personal insights and observations into the applicants home life, school history, aspirations, talents, skills and can address his or her financial need and/or worthiness. The required letter should be submitted from your choice of a:

- Family Member
- Family Friend
- Women for Harding member
- Church Member or official
- High School teacher or official
- Employer

The sealed letter of recommendation from the reference should be sent directly to:

Women for Harding Scholarship Committee
Harding University
HU 10768
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

The applicant must meet all listed requirements by the deadline. If each requirement is not met, the application may not be considered. In addition, late applications may not be considered. A photo must be submitted with the application.

By the postmark deadline of February 15 be sure your recommendation letter has been mailed, and submit this completed Online Scholarship Application Form.

If you have a question regarding this scholarship, please contact Harding University's alumni office at 501-279-4276.

Online Scholarship Application


Dues are $25 per year, payable annually. Dues for At-Large and/or Women for Harding Fellows are $25 per year, payable annually. The following levels of membership have been included to honor those we love and hold in high esteem:
The Marie Yingling Lifetime Membership $100
The Claudia Petty Patron Membership $500
The Sue Roper Memorial Membership $1,000
The Deanna Smith Memorial Membership $2,500
The Louise Ganus Membership $5,000

Checks should be made to Women for Harding and mailed to the address below.

Women for Harding
Harding University
HU 10768
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Harding University
Women for Harding
HU 10768
Searcy, AR 72149-5615