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.


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.)

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. .

Note to upcoming seniors:
Keep scholarship opportunities in mind for the upcoming school year! 
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.
For more information please click the link below for more information on Combs Education Foundation.
  • Arcadis 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
We will have the scholarship applications open through April 23rd, 4pm.
Come see your Counselor for more information. 
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: 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

Pinal County Federal Credit Union  would like to award a onetime, $500.00 scholarship towards tuition at Central Arizona College for the 2021-2022 school year to a Combs High School 2021 graduate. If a recipient is a promise to the future student the Pinal County Federal Credit Union scholarship is provided for book expenses at Central Arizona College.
Information: See Counselor for Details Pinal County Application is below 
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

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.
 Click the link below to check out Valley Foundation Scholarship the application is below the link,

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.

The online application is open until October 25 for undergraduate scholarships.

For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, please visit their website.

 General Boosters is ready to do our Senior Scholarship Essay Contest. Application for the combs booster club is below !! 
Zippid dream job scholarship. Click the link below for more details !
Nextiva Scholarship Program
In order to participate in our scholarship contest, student applicants must meet the following criteria:
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. 
click the link below 
Pinal 40 Scholarship Application

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.

Eligible Applicants

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

Applications are now open for 2021 Prudential Spirit of community Awards, honoring students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
 Bridging the Dream Scholarship In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program will award (25) $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year degree professional certificate, or vocational training program. Seniors who excel inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrate financial need can apply now through March 8 at*

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:


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

 Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek.   We will be awarding fifteen $1,000.00 scholarships this school year to graduating seniors.  
Below is the letter and application. 

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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • High school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
An ideal candidate will also have:

  • An outstanding high school academic record (e.g., be in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, and extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)
Arizona Milk Scholarship Contest
Click the link below for more information.
Click the link below for more information on the BBB Student Scholarships