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Top Arizona Scholarships in 2021
When people think of Arizona, many picture the famous deserts that occupy the southern part of the state. Fortunately, Arizona is no desert when it comes to scholarship opportunities! Whether you are considering attending school in Tucson, Phoenix, or anywhere else in the Grand Canyon State, this list has all of the best Arizona scholarships. Check out these Arizona scholarships and apply for all that you qualify for!
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- Top Arizona scholarships
- Merit scholarships at Arizona colleges and universities
- Additional Arizona resources
- Frequently asked questions
Top Arizona Scholarships
- Eligibility: High school seniors and college students in Arizona can enter their information to be put into the running for a wide variety of funds for Arizona residents or students
- Amount: Varies
- Deadline: Application period begins January 1 annually and most deadlines are March 1 or May 1 of each year
- Eligibility: Arizona residents who attended high school in the state and plan to attend an Arizona institution and major in accounting
- Amount: $2,000
- Deadline: First week of February of each year (Opens November 1 each year)
- Eligibility: Students who plan on pursuing a career in welding engineering. Minimum 2.5 GPA and high school diploma required. Preference given to students who are citizens of or who plan to attend school in Arizona or Ohio
- Amount: $3,500
- Deadline: November 30 of each year
- Eligibility: Be an Arizona graduating senior who is enrolled in a recognized Career and Technical Education program at an Arizona high school. Be enrolled in a recognized Career and Technical Education program at the Arizona post-secondary level. Be nominated by a current Arizona ACTEAZ member
- Amount: $500 – $2,500
- Deadline: March 18 of each year ((Opens November 1 each year))
- Eligibility: Be an Arizona resident. Graduate from an Arizona high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Complete the FAFSA. Qualify for the maximum federal Pell Grant. Be admitted and enroll as a first-time, full-time, on-campus degree seeking student at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona, in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation
- Amount: Up to full cost of tuition and fees
- Deadline: April 1of each year
- Eligibility: Arizona high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA and ranching or agricultural background. Priority given to those who have taken agriculture related classes, or will be/is working towards an agriculture major
- Amount: $1,500
- Deadline: April 15 of each year
- Eligibility: Students younger than 24 who were a ward of the state of Arizona when they turned 18 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and are enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester
- Amount: up to $2,500 per semester for university students, $1,000 for community college students (renewable each semester)
- Deadline: June 30 of each year (Opens June 1)
- Eligibility: Students of Korean-American descent attending a school in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, or Washington with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need
- Amount: $500 to $5,000
- Deadline: June 30 of each year
- Eligibility: Arizona residents with a minimum 3.5 GPA in the top 5% of their class, who are involved in extracurriculars and plan to attend one of Arizona’s public universities. See site for more details
- Amount: Full cost of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees, plus housing and meals and additional workshops and study abroad experiences
- Deadline: September of senior year of high school
- Eligibility: Students at Arizona schools who demonstrate an interest in pursuing engineering careers in the fixed wing, rotorcraft, or VTOL (vertical take-off/landing) aircraft industry. See website for more details
- Amount: $1,500 to $3,000
- Deadline: October 31 of each year
- Eligibility: Arizona residents enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate student at an Arizona college or university and who qualify for the Pell Grant
- Amount: Varies, typically between $1,000 to $2,500
- Deadline: Varies based on institution
- Eligibility: Students attending Arizona State University who graduated from an Arizona high school, ranked in the top 10% of their class, and are registered as full-time incoming freshmen
- Amount: 25% of in-state tuition
- Deadline: Automatically considered upon admittance to ASU
Merit scholarships at Arizona colleges and universities
- Eligibility: University of Arizona admittees who attended at least 2 years of high school in Arizona and hold a minimum 3.75 GPA. See website for full application process.
- Amount: Full tuition and fees
- Deadline: January 10
- Eligibility: Arizona residents going into their first year at University of Arizona. Have a 3.0+ GPA. This scholarship can be renewed for 3 years if at least 3.0 GPA is maintained.
- Amount: $1,000 – $35,000
- Deadline: May 2
- Eligibility: Incoming first-year students at Arizona State University who graduated from an Arizona high school in the top 10% of their class.
- Amount: Varies
- Deadline: Considered upon admittance to ASU
- Eligibility: First-year students at Prescott College. 2.9 – 3.9+ GPA.
- Amount: $16,000 – $25,000
- Deadline: Considered upon admittance to Prescott College
- Eligibility: Arizona residents who are incoming first-year students at Northern Arizona University. Must enroll full-time. Have a 3.0+ high school GPA.
- Amount: $1,000 – full tuition
- Deadline: May 1
Additional Arizona resources
The Arizona Artists Guild holds an annual scholarship program that awards students up to $3,000. Scholarship requirements vary based on medium and area of study.
The Arizona Community Foundation is a “one stop shopping” website that allows Arizona students to apply for 100+ scholarship awards online with one general application–bookmark this one!
Provides financial assistance to outstanding Latino students attending Arizona colleges and universities. The program is especially dedicated to serving those students with limited access to financial resources, such as Dreamers who qualify for DACA status. Scholarships are specific to certain schools and majors.
On October 1st of every year, the FAFSA opens nationwide. Students in Arizona need to check with the financial aid office of each college or university they apply to so that they receive all the financial aid they might qualify for. Scholarships such as the Arizona Promise Program use FAFSA information to offer additional financial aid to students who qualify for Pell grants. Don’t delay and submit that FAFSA ASAP!
Scholarships A-Z is an organization that provides resources for funding and increasing accessibility to education for students who are undocumented immigrants in Arizona.
Frequently asked questions
How can I get free tuition in Arizona?
The Arizona Promise Program is a scholarship program for Arizona residents who qualify for the maximum Pell Grant. This scholarship can help a first-year student go to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona for free.
What scholarships does Arizona State University offer?
Arizona State University offers a wide selection of scholarships which you can find on their website. The New American University Scholarship is an especially great one, which we cover in this article.
How do I get a full ride at University of Arizona?
The Baird Scholarship is a great opportunity for Arizona high school students to get a full ride at University of Arizona. Filling out the Arizona Community Foundation application is another great way to find scholarships to reduce your tuition cost at the University of Arizona.
What GPA do you need to get into ASU?
You need a 3.00 GPA in competency courses or higher to get into ASU. To learn more about ASU’s admission requirements, visit their admissions page.