The CFSA General Scholarship

This scholarship supports Southern Arizona students in pursuing their educational dreams and opportunities. Applicants must be graduating in the current school year, or have graduated in a previous year, from a high school in Southern Arizona (Yuma, Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties, and regions of Graham, Greenlee, Pinal and Maricopa counties south of the Gila River). Graduates from high schools outside of this region will not be considered for this scholarship.

This scholarship awards $3,000 for full-time study at a four-year institution and $1,500 for full-time study at a two-year institution.

Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this scholarship.

Recipients who maintain academic eligibility may reapply for a maximum of four years of funding.

Application Information

In 2019, the application for this scholarship will be by invitation only.

Donating to the General Scholarship Fund

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Review the FAQs, and contact Andrea Carmichael by email or by phone at 520-447-8927.

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.

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 2019 application window will open in January. Please check our website at that time for the 2019 deadlines.


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 May.


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

If selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by CFSA staff. You must complete a Scholarship Agreement which outlines the terms and conditions of the scholarship and confirms your enrollment information. We also ask for a digital photo and thank you letter that we may share with the scholarship donor(s).

Failure to return the Scholarship Agreement by the specified date will be interpreted as the recipient declining the scholarship. 


How and when are checks issued?

Checks are issued directly to the financial aid office at the recipient’s institution upon receipt of the Scholarship Agreement. Checks are normally sent by June 30, though many universities will not apply the funds to a student’s account until the beginning of fall semester.

If you have not received your scholarship funds in your student account by the beginning of the semester, please contact first your financial aid office then, if necessary, the Community Foundation.

What information will I need to complete the online application?

  • A current transcript (high school or university, as appropriate)
  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA, if available.
  • The Estimated Cost of Attendance at your institution.
  • For first-time applicants, a letter of recommendation.
  • For corporate scholarships, proof of eligibility.