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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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.
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OppU Achievers Scholarships: The scholarship provides $2,500 for current or future education costs. Scholarship selections are made four times a year.
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The Zebra (auto insurance): Tour Guide Scholarship Write about your favorite road trip destinations around Arizona, and earn scholarship money.
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
Suntec Auto Glass Application due by December 15, 2019
HUSD Students/Local Scholarships:
***Indicates scholarship is open.
AZCIS Arizona Career Information System
Ken Vandehei Memorial Scholarship Applications will be available in the Spring of 2021
***Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek Scholarship OPEN NOW! Deadline to apply is April 17, 2020 (Applications are available be emailing Mrs. Keane.)
***College and Career Ready Scholarship: For students who are planning to attend an AZ Community College or trade school. GPA of 2.6 - 3.2 OPEN NOW! Deadline to apply is April 30, 2020 (Applications are available by emailing Mrs. Keane.)
HEA Scholarship eligible for students who want to become a licensed teacher. Opens Spring of 2020
Ethical Cadet Scholarship To honor Arizona Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets for their leadership, character, and commitment to service, Better Business Bureau (BBB) joins forces with Salt River Project (SRP) to offer the BBB Ethical Cadet Scholarship to those who have gone beyond the call of duty.
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce - Partners in Progress
Neely Foundation Scholarship - Need based scholarship. Deadline to apply is April 17, 2020.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Phoenix Lodge - For graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent. Opens in the Spring of 2021
GFWC- Desert Jade Woman's Club - Opens in the Spring of 2021
Phoenix Chinese Week Scholarship - For graduating students who are involved in the Chinese community. Opens in the Spring of 2021
Desert Financial Credit Union- Community Service Scholarship opens Jan. 2020- March 1st, 202
Credit Union West Scholarship - Open in the Fall of 2020
Arizona Society of CPAs- For students who are intersted in accounting. Opens in October of 2020
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.- Eligibility: African American/ Black heritage or decent, GPA 3.0
BBB Ethical Torch Scholarship Open to 9th-12th Graders in AZ
Arizona Milk Producers scholarship contest: Open Now
Scholarship Opportunities East Valley Women's League is offering four scholarships to deserving females
***Breyer Law Office - Now Open! Deadline to apply is May 5, 2020
***Fifth Month Scholarship - Now Open! Deadline to apply is May 31, 2020
***Anthony O'Neal April Scholarship Giveaway - Now Open! Deadline to enter is April 20, 2020
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.
For high school athletes who excel in the classroom, on the field, and in within the community.
JUNIORS ONLY- Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation
Opens in the Fall. 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.
PCA Triple Impact Competitors Scholarship - Open Now. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2020.
National Scholarship Opportunities:
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
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: open to all grade levels
SIXT Scholars Program: SIXT rent a car is pleased to offer five high school seniors the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship and become a SIXT scholar.
Arizona State University-Leadership Scholarship Program (LSP): ASU Leadership Scholarship Program
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.
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