Criteria-Specific Scholarships

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona supports two types of criteria-specific scholarships, those facilitated by community partners and three which are organized directly through the Community Foundation:

African American Educational Equity Fund Scholarship

The African American Educational Equity Fund Scholarship was established by Phil and Carol Lyons in response to the racial disparities in access to higher education. This scholarship provides higher education scholarship support specifically to African American students living in the Tucson metropolitan area 

Scholarship recipients will be recommended by the members of the African American Legacy Fund Advisory Board, who will take into consideration financial need, academic achievement, and existing financial aid.

Pauline Miguel Scholarship

The Pauline Miguel scholarship was established by Pauline Miguel’s daughters in her name to honor her commitment to the educational success of members of the Tohono O’Odham Nation. The scholarship awards a single $1,000 scholarship annually, and may not be renewed.

Applicants must: 

  • Be graduating seniors from Ajo, Baboquivari, Pueblo, Tucson, Desert View or Sunnyside High schools. Preference is given to descendants of and/or members of the Tohono O’Odham Nation.

  • Enroll for full-time study at an accredited public institution. Two-year and four-year institutions are eligible.

Review of applications and selection of the recipient is done by a committee of community members through the Community Foundation.


Boilard-Harkin Scholarship

The Boilard-Harkin scholarship was established to support students beginning their post-secondary studies at a community college. Awards are ONLY made to community colleges. The scholarship awards up to $2,500 to recipients annually, and recipients may reapply for a second year of funding.

Applicants must: 

  • Be graduates of a high school located in Southern Arizona and must enroll at an accredited community college.

Review of applications and selection of the recipient(s) is done by a committee of community members through the Community Foundation.


Application Information

Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now open!

  • Applications for the Pauline Miguel Scholarship and Boilard-Harkin Scholarship are submitted through the Common Grant Application website. First time users must create an account on the platform in order to submit an application. Applicants are encouraged to watch this brief tutorial video prior to beginning their application.

  • The application deadline is February 28, 2020 by 5 PM.

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for awards.


Review the FAQs, and contact Jeaiza Quiñones at or (520)770-0800 ext. 7129.


Facilitated Scholarships 

These scholarships are designated to and organized by community partners (specific high school or university departments) who help match deserving recipients who fit specific criteria for each award. 

100 Club of Southern Arizona Samuel Winchester Morey Scholarship
Abba’s Storehouse Scholarship
Andre and Julia Pernet Scholarship
Bisbee Breakfast Club Scholarship
Brice W. Schuller Scholarship Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Capin Endowed Scholarship
Catherine Marie Mortensen Scholarship
Christina-Taylor Green, Daniel Hernandez Jr, and Bill Badger Scholarship
Dorothy M. Freeman Fine Arts Scholarship
Fred & Helen Wolfe Music Scholarship
Fred Bustamante Memorial Scholarship
Habib Yusif Sabbagh Scholarship
Jacques-Wegner Scholarship
James A Pearson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Jeanne C. Harry Scholarship
Judge Mary Ann Richey Scholarship
Linden Trust Scholarship
Lund Wolfe Computer Sciences Scholarship
Lyons New Opportunities Nursing Scholarship
Marana High Alumni Scholarship
Maria L. Urquides Scholarship
Mary Jane McIntosh Atwood Scholarship
Mason Scholarship
Mildred Flood Mahoney Memorial Scholarship
Montgomery Prize
Robert Lee Cherry Scholarship
Roger & Mary Baxter Scholarship
Roy A. Johnson Organ Scholarship
Ryan McCray Memorial Scholarship
Santa Cruz Community Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for a Better Future
Sean K. Ball Memorial Scholarship in Double Bass
Sheryll Erchinger Milo Memorial Scholarship
St. Andrews Episcopal/Hixson Memorial Scholarship
USAF 162nd Tactical Fighter Group Fund

To learn more about the selection process for any of the scholarships listed, please contact Jeaiza Quiñones at or (520)770-0800 ext. 7129.