CFSA is privileged that this scholarship is the only other scholarship in the country that Rosa Parks lent her name to besides those offered through her Detroit Foundation.

During her visit to Tucson in 1990, the then chair of the Tucson Human Relations Commission, Ray Davies, approached Mrs. Parks with the idea of the Commission establishing a fund at CFSA named in her honor. She understood that the Tucson Human Relations Commission had been making itself present in the community to address all forms of discrimination in keeping with its goal of promoting understanding, respect, and cooperation of all people.

Mrs. Parks had a deep love for all children and wanted the education of children to be her legacy. The scholarship provides financial support for Southern Arizona students who have financial need and the potential for academic success in college.

Recipients are selected without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, gender identity, economic circumstances, and/or veteran status.


Applicants hoping to be considered for the Rosa Louise Parks Scholarship must apply to the CFSA General 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.
  • The deadline for all CFSA General Scholarships is Friday, February 16, 2024 at 5:00 PM (MST).

If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund and support students in Southern Arizona, please donate using the form below.

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