CFSA General Scholarship

We believe a thriving community depends on supporting the educational aspirations of students to help ensure they have every opportunity to become future leaders in a talented and skilled workforce.

The CFSA General Scholarship is open to all graduates of Southern Arizona high schools who meet the necessary GPA criteria. Applications are reviewed by a committee of community members who determine each year’s recipients.

Applying for the CFSA General Scholarship also means you will be considered for the following scholarships held at CFSA:

  • CFSA General Scholarship
  • Boilard-Harkin Scholarship
  • Bridget McCabe Memorial Scholarship
  • Habib Yusif Sabbagh Scholarship
  • Jacques-Wegner Scholarship
  • Michael and Carolyn Stelman Scholarship
  • Pauline Miguel Scholarship

The next scholarships will open at the beginning of 2025!

Questions? Contact our Community Impact Team at scholarships@cfsaz.org or call 520-289-8003.

CFSA Scholarship Information

CFSA General Scholarship

The CFSA General 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 a 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. 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.

Boilard-Harkin Scholarship

The Boilard-Harkin Scholarship was established to support students beginning their post-secondary studies at a community college. Awards are only given to students who are or will be attending community colleges. The scholarship awards up to $1,250 to recipients annually, and recipients may reapply for a second year of funding.

In addition to Baseline Criteria, applicants must:

  • Enroll at an accredited community college.
Bridget McCabe Memorial Scholarship

The Bridget McCabe Memorial Scholarship was established to support students at any stage of life who have a love of learning. The scholarship awards up to $1,000 to recipients annually and is not renewable.

In addition to Baseline Criteria, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a lifelong love of learning.
Habib Yusif Sabbagh Scholarship

The Habib Yusif Sabbagh Scholarship was established to support refugee and immigrant youth escaping conflict in the Middle East attending the University of Arizona or Pima Community College. The scholarship awards up to $2,000 to recipients annually, and recipients may reapply for a second year of funding.

In addition to Baseline Criteria, applicants must:

  • Be a refugee or immigrant escaping conflict in the Middle East, preference may be given to those of Iraqi descent.
  • Enroll at the University of Arizona or Pima Community College.
Jacques-Wegner Scholarship

The Jacques-Wegner Scholarship was established to support students attending a 4-year college. This scholarship awards $3,000 annually, and the recipient may re-apply to receive the scholarship up to four times.

In addition to Baseline Criteria, applicants must:

  • Enroll at an accredited 4-year college or university.
Michael and Carolyn Stelman Scholarship

The Michael and Carolyn Stelman Scholarship was established to support students who are pursuing an education in the areas of Culinary Arts, Music, or Photography. The scholarship awards up to $1,250 to recipients annually, and recipients may reapply for a second year of funding.

In addition to Baseline Criteria, applicants must:

  • Pursue a major in the areas of Culinary Arts, Music, or Photography.
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 cannot be renewed.

In addition to Baseline Criteria, applicants must:

  • Be a graduating senior 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.

Application Information

Applicant Criteria
Eligibility Requirements

Baseline eligibility for most scholarships through CFSA will include the following requirements:

  • Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate.
  • Applicant must have graduated from a high school based in Southern Arizona, including Yuma, Pima, Santa Cruz, and Cochise counties or certain regions of Graham, Greenlee, Pinal, and Maricopa located south of the Gila River.

Please note: 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.

Important Dates

The next scholarships will open at the beginning of 2025!

To Apply

All applications must be submitted through an online process with Common Grant Application. We strongly encourage you to review the tutorial video, which contains important information on how to register/log in and submit an application.  To view the video: click here.

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