Scholarships are a large part of the application process. There are three different types of scholarships:
Institutional Scholarships: These are scholarships given to you directly from the institution and are normally merit or talent based. Most of these applications are tied directly to your application to the institution.
Need Scholarships: Students and parents should apply for FAFSA by March 2nd. This will determine if you are eligible for "need-based" aid through the government, state or institution. We host a financial aid night each October.
Private Scholarships: These are the most competitive types of scholarships and can be in any form. You must find and apply for these types of scholarships independently. See below for some helpful resources.
Financial Aid - FAFSA The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has changed the reporting date this year and will be open for students and parents on October 1st. What this means is: families will be able to know how much grant money they qualify for at the beginning of 2019. The first step to applying for FAFSA is to sign up ahead of time for a FSA ID. You must have an FSA ID to be able to electronically sign (and complete) your FAFSA.
Both students and parents need to get a FSA ID #
How do I get an FSA ID?
You can create an FSA ID when logging into FAFSA.gov (Click on FSA ID at top of page)
The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:
1. Enter your log-in information.
- Provide your e-mail address, a unique username, and password, and verify that you are at
least 13 years old.
2. Enter your personal information.
- Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
- Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
- For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
3. Submit your FSA ID information.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Verify your e-mail address. (This is optional, but helpful. By verifying your e-mail address,
you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites.
This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without
answering challenge questions.)
2019-2020 Maricopa Community College - Presidents' Honors Scholarship
The 2019-2020 Presidents' Honors Scholarship application is now available. Students graduating with a 3.25+ unweighted GPA are eligible to apply for this scholarship which is non-competitive and stackable with other scholarships and financial aid.
PHS 2019-2020 Application
The Maricopa Community College System has 10 community colleges under one umbrella. Students can get their general education credits from any of the 10 colleges, but did you know that each of the community colleges have areas of interest that are unique to their campus. Here is a short list, of specific programs from a few of the area colleges and the campus they are housed on:
- Mesa Community College: Fire Science, Dental Hygiene, Vet Tech, Caterpillar Technician, Video Game Design
- Scottsdale Community College: Culinary, Hospitality, Film Studies
- Gateway Community College: Radiology, Ultrasound, HVAC, Water Treatment
- Phoenix College: American Sign Language, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Hospital-Based Medical Laboratory Science
- Chandler-Gilbert: Aviation, Dietetic Technology, Electric Utility Technology, Mortuary Science
Here are links to scholarships that you may be eligible for:
Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships for Migrant Students
Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
2016 Green Home Improvement Scholarship
ENTELEC’s Wayne V. Black Scholarship
VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Patriotic Art Contest
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
Diabetes Scholars Foundation
Going Merry is an awesome new scholarship website - it makes scholarship applications as easy as college applications are when you use the Common App! There is a big waiting list but all of you can skip it when you sign up here: www.goingmerry.com/sign-up
Going Merry is completely different from the older scholarship search engines:
- Matching - Once you fill out your profile, you are automatically matched with scholarships you are most eligible for.
- Direct Applications - You can apply directly to multiple scholarships, you never need to leave the site.
- Autofilled Applications - All of the information from your profile is autofilled into each application, saving you time.
- Estimated Application Times - Every scholarship has estimated application time to help you prioritize them.
- Scholarships Grouped By Essay Topics - Scholarships are grouped by common essay topics so you can minimize the number of essays you have to write.
Deadline: October 2018 (round one) - January 2019 (round two)
Requirements: US Citizen, Between 17 and 23 years old, High School Graduate (May 2019), Be Physically Qualified for the Marine Corps, No Criminal History, Qualifying Score on ACT or SAT, Gain Admission to an approved NROTC college or university
Click here for more information and to apply!
Did you know that you can also apply for private donor scholarships on the ASU scholarship search portal? Students may filter their search by various categories including campus location, college, and major. Here is an example of one of the scholarships listed on the site:
W. P. Carey School of Business General Scholarship - Fall 2019 Incoming Freshman
Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The W. P. Carey School of Business, in cooperation with the ASU Scholarship Office, believes in recognizing and rewarding eligible incoming freshman business students with financial assistance. Our numerous scholarships are funded through many sources including private businesses, corporations, foundations, alumni, and individual donors. The application process is very competitive and selection is based on varying criteria such as GPA, leadership and community service in high school, academic major, class level, financial need, and residency classification.
Scholarship opportunity for Juniors
The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2020 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).
Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.
Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:00 PM EST
For more information please visit Coolidgescholars.org
Desert Club Scholarship
Deadline: January 28, 2019
Applicants are required to meet the following criteria:
- Graduate in the Class of 2019.
- Attend a Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe Union, Higley, Queen Creek or Apache Junction high school.
- Rank in the top 6% to 50 % of their graduating class (top 5% are ineligible).
- Have a verifiable financial need.
- Demonstrate leadership skills in school, employment or community-related activities.
- Attend a university, community college or vocational school in Arizona.
Please submit the original and a copy of the entire application (including photo, references, transcripts, tax return and driver's license), incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please see the application for information on where to send the documents. Applications must be postmarked or emailed on or before January 28, 2019.
Dorrance Foundation Scholarship
Will you be a "first-generation" college student, meaning neither parent holds a 4 year degree?
Dorrance Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: February 6, 2019
FAFSA Completion Deadline: January 1, 2019
The foundation awards up to $12,000 annually and is renewable. No more than 8 semesters (4 years) of funding will be provided. Up to 30 awards will be made each year. Scholarships are renewed based on academic standing, participation in program events and activities and community service projects. Eligible applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
-Seniors in good standing who will graduate from an accredited Arizona high school
-First generation to attend college (neither parent holds a 4-year degree)
-Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted)
-Minimum combined SAT score of 1040 (old), 1120 (new), or composite ACT score of 22 (excluding writing score in both instances)
-Demonstrated financial need (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
-Admitted to one of Arizona's three residential public universities (main campuses only)
-Demonstrated leadership and volunteer service
-Agree to participate in all aspects of the scholarship program
-Reside on campus freshman and sophomore year
-Participate in Dorrance Summer Bridge Program in Flagstaff, AZ
Desert Financial Community Service Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Desert Financial offers scholarships for the class of 2019 ranging from $2,500-$10,000. Applications will be accepted between 1/1 and 3/1.
-Complete 50+ hours of community service in 2018
-Have a 3.0+ cumulative GPA
-Plan to attend an in-state college or university in the fall of 2019
-Be a Desert Financial member (or related to a member)
-Show a demonstrated financial need based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
ASU Pioneer Heritage Scholarship
Deadline: March 3, 2019
The ASU Foundation and Arizona State University are pleased to announce the establishment of the ASU Pioneer Heritage Scholarship whose purpose is to provide scholarships for incoming freshmen or transfer students who are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. Scholarship awards can be deferred due to church mission service.This award is a four-year scholarship and will be automatically renewed if required criteria are met each academic year. This scholarship is selected and administered by the ASU Foundation.
-Active member of LDS Church and active with campus-based LDS Institute, while attending ASU
-Students whom have returned from a church mission after March 2018 are also eligible to apply
Applicants are also evaluated based upon the strength of recommendation including knowledge of student's education goals and objectives, active members of LDS church, demonstrated school and community leadership.