College and University Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities
Need Help Paying for College?
Whether you hope to go to a private college across the country or to the community college in your town, college is expensive. Concern about money keeps many students from going to college. Don’t let money stop you. No matter what you want to do, there’s financial aid to help you.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS:
Need Based Financial Aid: If you can’t save enough for college, you might qualify for government aid to help with expenses. To learn how much aid you and your family might qualify for, go to FAFSA forecaster at http://www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov/ Need based grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid. Student loans do need to be repaid; payment is not required until after you graduate and are earning money on your own. Work-study jobs are part-time campus work to help you pay for your living expenses while you are at school. Free application for financial scholarship Application website FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov/ .
Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to filling out your FAFSA application.
Merit-Based Grants and Scholarships: Not all aid is based on need. You can also get help with your college tuition because of your grades, test scores, athletics, being in the military, or because of your background, family’s employer, or interests. Merit based grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid, but may come with conditions. You can learn more about scholarships at the College Board’s website: www.collegeboard.com and click on “For Students, Pay for College”. (Also, remember to save merit scholarship award letters for the Senior Awards Ceremony in May. It is nice to be recognized for all your hard work.)
Central Arizona College
CAC Promise for the Future: Scholarship in Pinal County for Central Arizona College. Students sign-up in the 8th grade and must maintain a GPA of 2.75 and perform some community service to qualify. CAC gives these students two years of community college tuition free.
Arizona Earn to Learn!
The AZ Earn to Learn (AZEL) program is a collaboration of the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. Its purpose is to help limited-income Arizonans to save for college. Participants who successfully complete the IDA savings program requirements will receive an 8 to 1 match on their savings (save $500, receive $4,000 match) for tuition costs at AU, ASU or NAU. The maximum match that a student can receive through the program is $4,000. You can save as little as $25 a month to receive the match! Check out the website for more information. http://www.azearntolearn.org/eligibility/ .
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT SENIORS
Combs Education Foundation Scholarship
Banner Ironwood Medical Staff Scholarship
Crossroads Future Community Leader Scholarship
Dr. Jan Langer Scholarship
Kyle Strong Scholarship
Mary Ann Cannella Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Hedstrom Memorial Scholarship
Zulfer-Thompson Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship
Desert Schools FCU Scholarship
Amount: $2500 - $10,000
Eligibility: All Seniors with a 3.0 GPA or Higher, 50 Hours of Community Service, and a Current DSFCU Member
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
Amount: Up to $40,000 per year for 4 years
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: All Seniors with an unweighted 3.5 GPA or Higher and Top 15% of Standardized Test Scores
Information: See Counselor for Details Pinal County Application is below
Purdue Alumni Club of Southern Arizona Scholarship
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: Graduating Senior from Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, or Santa Cruz Counties
Best Buy Scholarship
Best Buy ScholarshipBest Buy Scholarships were for high school students in grades 9 - 12. Known as Best Buy's @15 Scholarship Program, the Best Buy Foundation awards $1,000 scholarships to more than a thousand students living in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who were entering college in the fall semester after their high school graduation.
Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs
Horatio Alger Association
As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who've faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who've exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need.
Zippid dream job scholarship
Nextiva Scholarship Program
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior
Applicant must plan to major in a business or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) program.
Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must be located in the United States.
Scholarship recipients will receive a one-time award of $1000. The deadline of the application is May 1, 2020.
Pinal 40 Scholarship
Pinal 40, Inc. will be awarding scholarships to individuals who have a desire to further their education and/or seek a career in the field of Agriculture. If you meet the following criteria and are seeking to further your education in the field of Agriculture, Pinal 40 invites you to apply for a scholarship. Please note that all scholarship awards will be for a minimum of $2,000.
All applicants must be planning to further their education in Agriculture at a U.S. College or University in one of the following degrees- Ag Engineering and Mechanics, Agri-Business, Animal Science, Crop Production, Horticulture or Natural Resources. Additionally, eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- Must be a graduating senior from a Pinal County high school
- Must be a student from Pinal County who passed the General Educational Development (GED) test
- Must be a home school student from Pinal County who can provide a certificate of completion from their home schooling program
- Must be a full-time college student from Pinal County or attending college in Pinal County
Criteria For All Applicants/Applications
- Have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
- All applicants must submit their Official High School (for high school seniors) or College (for college students) Transcripts
- Three Letters of Recommendation (at least one of these must be from a teacher, counselor or equivalent source)
- Applications must be typed
Application you can print the link is below
On behalf of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, we wanted to send you a reminder that the Tri-University Virtual Sessions are beginning next week!
You can find a flyer for advertising at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1utkTolj29CiIzj4M6bHp0Eph99_3MW77/view?usp=sharing
Our goal continues to be to partner with students, families, and you to make your lives easier, and with that in mind we have additional Tri-University programming this Spring.
First Year Tri-University Weeks: March 21 - April 3
Suggested audience: Grades 9 -11 and Seniors still in the college search.
Transfer Tri-University Week will be held April 12 - 17
Suggested audience: Current college students and/or high school students interested in a transfer pathway.
A schedule of events and additional details can be found on the Tri-University Website
The Gates Scholarship
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.
Selected Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance to earn a bachelor’s degree, that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the methodology used by a Scholar’s college or university. Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, and room and board, and may also include some additional personal costs.
How to Refer Students
If you know one or more students who meet our criteria, please click this link and follow the instructions provided. Please note that Phase I of the application opened July 15, with a submission deadline of Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 5:00 PM PT.