General Scholarships

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.

For the academic year 2017-18, CFSA awarded $85,000 through their General Scholarship program. Recipients came from different cities in Southern Arizona, and will attend colleges and universities across Arizona and the nation, including the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University, Pima Community College, Georgetown University, the University of San Francisco and others.

2017-18 Recipients

Valeria Dabdoub






Giselle Enriquez







Michelle Huynh







Kwonneung Park






Ayumi Pottenger







Jaileen Salazar





James Thayer






The application cycle for the academic year 2018-19 will begin in January 2018. Please visit our website at that time for details on the application process.



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. You can easily donate online at General Scholarship Program.

Am I eligible to apply? You are if...

  • You will be graduating or have graduated from a high school in Cochise, Pima or Santa Cruz Counties or Graham, Greenlee, Pinal or Yuma Counties that lie south of the Gila River.
  • You will be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or vocational school.
  • You will be enrolling in a full-time course of study (as defined by your school).
  • You have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • You are an undergraduate student.


What are the details of the scholarship?

  • The award amount is $3,000 for full-time study at a 4-year school and $1,000 for full-time study at 2-year or vocational school.
  • The scholarship is intended to supplement other financial aid and may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and/or classroom equipment.
  • The award is made for an academic year (fall and spring semesters or quarters).
  • Awards in subsequent years are not guaranteed, though recipients can reapply each year (up to four years).

What are the deadlines?

The online application opens every January.  Please check our website in early January for the link to the online application. The deadline is in early April each year.

If  you’ve received the scholarship in previous years, you will need to fill out a re-application each year (up to four years).


What are the selection criteria?

The primary criteria for selection are financial need and potential for academic success.

U.S. Citizens or permanent residents will need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR). The FAFSA can be accessed on October 1 each year, so applicants should apply early to meet the scholarship application deadline. Visit the FAFSA website for instructions on accessing and submitting a FAFSA SAR.

If applicants are not eligible to apply for Federal Student Financial Aid, the application will be evaluated based on other financial information contained in the application.

Potential for academic success is evaluated by the transcript, personal essay, and letter of recommendation.

How and when will I receive notification on whether I've been awarded the scholarship?

Award notifications are sent by email in early May.


What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

Once you have been awarded, you will be required to complete a Scholarship Letter of Acceptance, which outlines the terms and conditions of the scholarship and gives us your enrollment information so we can disburse the scholarship funds to your school. Recipients are also required to submit a digital photo and donor thank you letter with their acceptance.

How and when are checks issued?

Once we receive your Scholarship Letter of Acceptance, donor thank you letter and photo, we will disburse the scholarship funds to your school for the upcoming academic year by June 30. The deadline to return your acceptance, thank you letter and photo is in early June.

We will ask your school to divide your scholarship award between semesters/quarters and prior to disbursement of the funds for the upcoming semester/quarter, your school will verify that you have enrolled in a full-time course load and that you have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

What information will I need to complete the online application?

  • A current transcript.
  • If you are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid, you will be required to submit a Student Aid Report (SAR) generated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • If you are a dependent on a parent’s/guardian’s 1040 Tax Return, you will be required to submit the first page ONLY of their 1040 Tax Return showing Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).  If they have not filed a current year tax return, the previous year’s 1040 Tax Return AGI is acceptable.
  • If you file a 1040 Tax Return, you will be required to submit the first page ONLY of your 1040 Tax Return showing Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).  If you have not filed a current year tax return, your previous year’s 1040 Tax Return AGI is acceptable.
  • The estimated Cost of Attendance at the college you will be attending for academic year.
  • Other scholarships you have applied for and/or are receiving in academic year.
  • You will need to submit your Financial Aid Notification Letter if you have received it from your school by the application deadline.
  • You will need to write a Personal Statement about your goals, motivations and plans for the future.  This personal statement can include achievements, setbacks, skills you have cultivated or lessons you have learned.  It explains to the Scholarship Committee who you are.
  • Your volunteer/community service, extracurricular activities, and work experience for the last 3 years.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your academic/school career, who can speak about your potential for academic success in college, and who has known you for at least six months.  This is not required for a re-applicant.


Please call 520-770-0800.