What you need to know about scholarships
"It always seems impossible until it's done." ~ Nelson Mandela
Freshman Merit Scholarship Estimator
Enter your GPA, class rank, ACT and/or SAT scores. This estimator will determine the amount of scholarship money that you may be eligible to receive. The actual scholarship award will be based on your official academic credentials after your admission.
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Private Scholarship Search Sites:
There are thousands of scholarships for various amounts and criteria.
Tip: Create one professionally named email account for all your scholarships to avoid overload in your regular email account.
Make sure to always go directly to the source. These websites are search engines that give you a lead, but you need to confirm the details from the direct source.
College & Career Office Favorites:
OppU Achievers Scholarships: The scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year.
BBB Ethical Torch Scholarship Open to 9th-12th Graders in AZ.
Cappex Search engine matching students to scholarships
Niche Search engine that matches you with scholarship opportunities
APIA Open to Asian and Pacific Islander American students
Cooke Foundation Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships are for those who are high achievers with financial need
Maricopa Community College Specific to major and career field
Ron Brown Scholarships Scholarships available to African American seniors
More Scholarship Search Sites:
*This is not a conclusive list of all scholarship, just ones that the career center has been notified about. The list does not endorse any one scholarship, it is your responsibility to research eligibility and apply.
HUSD Students or Gilbert students only:
AZCIS Arizona Career Information System
Ken Vandehei Memorial Scholarship Spring of 2020
College & Career Ready Scholarship (Higley Achievement Foundation)
HEA Scholarship eligible for students who want to become a licensed teacher. Opens Spring of 2020
Cameron Kay Scholarship opens in Spring of 2020
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce with Partners in Progress
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Phoenix Lodge - Opening Spring of 2020 to graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent
GFWC- Desert Jade Woman's Club - Opening Spring of 2020 to graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent.
Desert Financial Credit Union- Community Service Scholarship opens Jan. 2020- March 1st, 202
Arizona Society of CPAs- Students who want to become CPAs
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.- Eligibility: African American/ Black heritage or decent, GPA 3.0
Full Ride Scholarship Opportunities:
Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.
The Flinn Scholarship Program provides an unparalleled package for undergraduate study at an Arizona public university for approximately 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school seniors each year.
The merit-based scholarship program, now 33 classes strong, covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meals and at least two study-abroad experiences. The overall financial package is valued at more than $120,000.
JUNIORS ONLY- Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.
Not College Specific (National):
Horatio Alger Scholarship- high school graduation in spring/ summer, critical financial need (gross family income lower than $55,000) Open August-October
Dorrance Scholarship- need based scholarship Arizona students first generation college students- Deadline Feb. 6th 2019
Earn to Learn- If you qualify, save $500 and earn $4,000 towards college.
General Scholarship offered through Lakeview Health
Seattle University's Sullivan Leadership Award GPA 3.7 or higher
Watch Out for Suspicious Offers
To avoid the lure of suspicious scholarship offers, experts recommend starting early by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They also suggest keeping a close eye on free scholarship offers.
- Think before you pay. Exhaust all free methods of obtaining financial aid before enrolling in a service that charges a fee. If you still believe you must pay to enroll in a search service, check it out to make sure you will get the results you expect.
- Consider the source. Some sources look official but are not. Some commercial websites charge more than $50 to fill out the FAFSA. You can file the FAFSA for free.
- Seek help. High school counselors and financial aid advisors know the tricks of the trade and usually can determine which services are legitimate.
- Give feedback and report any suspicious companies to the Better Business Bureau.