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College and University Financial Aide & Scholarship Opportunities


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.


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   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 .

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:  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.)

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. .



Scholarship Opportunities
Arizona Milk Producers
You can earn a $12,000 scholarship by showcasing your creativity with a 30 second video about how dairy is a part of your day. All applicants will also be in a weekly drawing for $50 grocery gift cards and tickets to the Fiesta Bowl.  Visit the Arizona Milk Producers website for detailed requirements.  The deadline is November 11.
Several scholarships available to Combs High School Seniors Only
Amount: $1000 each
Deadline: TBD
Eligibility: Combs High School Senior
Name: Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program
Amount: $1000
Deadline: 6/1/2019
Eligibility: All Seniors with an Interest in Animation Careers

Name: Desert Schools FCU
Amount: $2500 - $10,000
Deadline: TBD
Eligibility: All Seniors with a 3.0 GPA or Higher, 50 Hours of Community Service, and a Current DSFCU Member

Name: Aspiring Fashion Professionals Scholarship Program
Amount: $1000
Deadline: 6/1/2019
Eligibility: High School Seniors with an Interest in Fashion and Pursuing a Career in Fashion

Name: 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

Name: The OMBAR Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship Program
Amount: $1000
Deadline: 6/1/2019
Eligibility: All Seniors intending to pursue a Business Related Major

Name: Pinal County Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: Graduating Senior from Combs High School, 3.0 GPA, and enroll in 12 Credit Hours in a declared major at Central Arizona College.
Information: See Counselor for Details
Scholarship Opportunity for Current Seniors.  Graduating seniors who are candidates for the CAC Promise for the Future Program can apply for a $500 scholarship from the Pinal County Federal Credit Union to pay for your books.  You must be qualified for Promise for the Future, have a 3.0 GPA and plan to declare a major and attend CAC full time in the fall.  If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, complete this application (including the typed essay).    The deadline to submit your completed application is Friday, March 22nd.
Name: Purdue Alumni Club of Southern Arizona Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Deadline: None Listed
Eligibility: Graduating Senior from Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal, or Santa Cruz Counties
Name: SCW DREAMER's Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Deadline: 5/31/2019
Eligibility: Any High School Senior in the United States

Name: The Valley Foundation Scholarship
Amount: About $2000 for Community College or about $4000 for a University
Deadline: 3/3/2019
Eligibility: High School Seniors Intending to Enroll Full Time in College
Name: Vantage West Credit Union Scholarship Program
Amount: 10 Scholarships at $1000 each
Deadline: 4/9/2019
Eligibility: Any High School Senior in the United States

Best Buy Scholarship

Best 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.
Combs Education Foundation Scholarships


Dr. Langer Scholarship - 1 - $1000 - The scholarship is awarded to a Combs High School Senior who meets the following criteria:

  1. Currently has a 3.0 or above Grade Point Average
  2. Be graduating from C.H.S. in May of 2019 and have attended C.H.S. for more than 2 semesters.
  3. Be attending an in-state college or university
  4. Preference will be given to students indicating  an interest in pursuing a degree in the field of education.

Tyler Hedstrom Memorial Scholarship - 1 - $1000 - The scholarship is awarded to a Combs High School Senior who intends to pursue an advanced degree n Education or Music.


Crossroads Future Community Leader Scholarship - 1 - $500 - The scholarship is awarded to a Combs High School Senior who has demonstrated leadership potential by holding leadership positions in school and/or community organizations and demonstrated a commitment  to participating in community service.


Banner Ironwood Medical Staff Scholarships - 4 - $1000 - The scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a degree in health care.




The Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Summer (EI) Program will be offered in a number of locations around this country in 2019.  This is a great opportunity for students to try college engineering while still in high school.  

Need-based full and partial scholarships are available for commuting students.  Students interested in receiving financial aid should apply early.

Please follow this link to a video in which past EI students and faculty talk about the program.

To be eligible to apply, below are the academic pre-requisites that students must have:

  *  As and Bs in high school math and science classes

 Algebra II

 *  Physics or Chemistry

  * Trigonometry, or have learned to use the trig functions – up through the application of the laws of sines and cosines to resolve non-right angle triangles in another math course

 *  Most students are rising Juniors and Seniors in high school



For more information, please visit our website:


Please share the Engineering Innovation video with your students:



·         Online Application Available:  December 15, 2018


·         First Deadline:  February 15, 2019


·         Financial Aid Priority Deadline:  March 15, 2019


·         International Student Deadline:  April 12, 2019

·         Final Deadline:  June 7, 2019 or when a specific location fills

Please read 3/28 - 4/10

Attention seniors.  The Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek is offering a $1000 scholarship for college bound seniors with at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA.  If you have been involved in extra curricular or community based activities and would like to apply, please stop by the counseling office to pick up an application ASAP.  Along with the application, you will need two letters of recommendation. You must turn the completed packet in to the counseling office no later than April 15th.

Receive up to 2,500 to pursue career and technical education
to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • have completed high school (or earned high school equivalency credential)by spring
  • be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical 
  • attend a not for profit post-secondary institution
  • demonstrate financial need, applicants must be pell grant eligible
  • be under the age of 30
  • be a united states citizen
Application opens up March 15