Closing the educational attainment gap for African American students is a daunting task, especially considering this gap has hardly narrowed in 50 years.  In response to this need, CFSA donors Phil and Carol Lyons have established the African American Educational Equity Fund to provide higher education scholarship support specifically to African American students living in the Tucson metropolitan area.

Mr. Lyons shared, “Growing up in Chicago, I saw the detriment of the lower quality education in African American communities. I also saw that through philanthropy and volunteerism, superb education could create tremendous success for African American students given the opportunity to thrive in college. Thus, we want to support students in our community who may not have had the chance to attend college, giving them the same opportunity to succeed.”

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.  Additional consideration will be given to students that may not qualify for traditional scholarships or grants, or who are the first generation in their family to attend higher education.


2021-2022 Scholarship Applications

The African American Educational Equity Scholarship Application will open on January 4, 2021 and will close on February 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM MST.  This scholarship awards $2,000 to selected recipients, who must generally be enrolled as full-time students. Applications will also be accepted from part-time students.

African American Education Equity Scholarship applications must be submitted online through Common Grant Application.

  • First-time users of Common Grant Application, click here to register for an account.
  • If you have already applied for a grant using Common Grant Application, you should have an account.  Returning users click here.

Questions? Contact Jeaiza Quinones, Program Manager, Scholarships, at jquinones@cfsaz.org or by phone at 520-770-0800 x 7129.


To increase the impact of this scholarship, Phil and Carol have generously agreed to match donations up to $100,000 to the African American Educational Equity Fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Please use the form below to make a donation today.

We want to support students in our community who may not have had the chance to attend college, giving them the same opportunity to succeed.

— Phil and Carol Lyons