The CFSA General Scholarship – Applications Now Open!

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 is renewable for up to 4 years, provided GPA and enrollment eligibility are maintained by the recipient.  The first year award is $2,000.  The second year award is $2,500.  The third and fourth year award amount is $4,000 per year.  The scholarship may be used at community college or 4-year university.  Students transferring from community college to university may carry the scholarship with them.

Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and be enrolled full-time to be eligible for this scholarship.

Recipients must reapply to renew funding each year.  Renewal is not guaranteed but current recipients receive priority in funding.  Recipients who do not remain enrolled continuously during the 4 years of the award period must reapply and will be evaluated with other new applicants.  No recipient will receive more than 4 total years of scholarship funding.

Application Information

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

Applications 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 5:00 PM. Late submissions will not be accepted.

CFSA policy prohibits the disbursement of scholarships to for-profit educational institutions.  If you intend to enroll or currently study at a for-profit institution, your application will not be eligible for these scholarships.

In keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, CFSA policy also prohibits the disbursement of scholarships to any institution that discriminates in their employment practices and delivery of programs and services on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, economic circumstances, ethnicity, familial status, gender or gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. If CFSA determines that an applicant’s institution violates this policy, the applicant will be notified of the conflict.

Donating to the General Scholarship Fund

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

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 scholarship award is $2,000 for the first year of study, $2,500 for the second year, and $4,000 each year for the third and fourth years.
  • Recipients must enroll full-time.
  • Recipients must enroll at a non-profit institution. Private institutions are eligible provided they are not for-profit and align with the diversity and inclusion policies of CFSA.
  • Recipients may use the scholarship at community college or university. Students who transfer from community college to university retain any remaining years of eligibility for the scholarship.
  • The award is made per academic year.
  • The scholarship is intended to supplement other financial aid and may be used for all education expenses included in the institutions estimated cost of attendance.

What are the deadlines?

The application window for the 2020-2021 school year will open on January 2, 2020. Please check our website at that time for the application deadline.


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.
  • U.S. Citizenship is not a requirement to be considered for the CFSA General Scholarship

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.