Scholarships & FAQs

At the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, we believe a thriving community depends on supporting the educational aspirations of students so that they have every opportunity to become a talented and skilled workforce and future leaders. Our scholarships and awards are as unique and diverse as the donors who establish them.

Scholarships at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona are made possible by generous donors who want to support students who need financial assistance to achieve their dreams.

I want to help young people pursuing their education. Can I donate directly to the Community Foundation’s General Scholarship Program?

Please do! Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of young people in our community. You can easily donate online at General Scholarship Program.

What is a scholarship fund?

Scholarship funds are charitable accounts established at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona by individuals or organizations for the purpose of helping students pay for their higher education. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.

What types of scholarships do you offer?

The Community Foundation has different scholarships with varied eligibility requirements. Our largest scholarship program is our General Scholarship Program. These scholarships support students who have graduated from high schools in Southern Arizona, defined as the area of Arizona south of the Gila River.

Some scholarships are designated by donors for students at a specific school or for a particular field of study. We send these scholarship announcements to the schools that were designated by the donor. The school’s scholarship committee selects the recipients based on the scholarship criteria. Check with your school’s counseling office for their scholarship opportunities.

Some businesses have set up scholarships for their employees or their children.

Are only graduating high school seniors eligible?

While some of our scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, our General Scholarships are also open to students already enrolled in college if they graduated from a high school in Southern Arizona.

What are my chances for receiving a scholarship?

Scholarship awards are based on scholarship criteria, the availability of funds and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. These factors change with every funding cycle and some years are more competitive than others. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not always guarantee funding and the reason for not receiving an award may be as simple as lack of funding.

If I am awarded a scholarship, do I receive the check?

Scholarship payments are sent to the recipient’s college financial aid office after they submit a Scholarship Letter of Acceptance.

If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?

Not all scholarships are renewable. The Scholarship Letter of Acceptance will indicate if a scholarship is renewable. The Community Foundation requires students submit a college transcript and verification of re-enrollment before considering any renewals.

If you receive a General Scholarship and want it to be renewed (for up to four years), you will be required to submit a re-application each year.

Can I apply for a scholarship directly to one of CFSA’s fund holders?

Scholarship applications are submitted to the Community Foundation and recipients are selected by its Scholarship Committee.

If you receive a scholarship, we encourage you to send a thank you note that we can share with the founder of the scholarship. This is a wonderful way for them to understand how important the scholarship is to the recipient and that their scholarship is making a difference. Please send your thank you note to us and we will send it to the donors on your behalf.

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