* AZ resident and current senior at an accredited AZ high school
* First-generation college student (neither parent, stepparent, or legal guardian holds a four-year degree)
* Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted) AND have a minimum test scores of 1110 SAT (writing score excluded), 22 ACT Composite, 72 CLT, or 1050 PSAT (PSAT scores taken during your sophomore or junior year)
* Demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA
* Are accepted by one of AZ’s three state universities (ASU-Tempe, NAU-Flagstaff, UA-Tucson) and agree to live in on-campus housing during freshman and sophomore year
As you know, the Opportunity Scholarships provide a guide for all students along their college journey and reward their efforts with chances to earn a $500 scholarship for each completed step. When students complete all six steps, they’ll have the chance to win one of 25 $40,000 Complete Your Journey Scholarships!
Here are the six steps and timelines for the scholarship drawings:
Up to $55,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
Ability to pursue any area of study
Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2022.
Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022.
GPA – Earn a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
Scholarship Search Engines
Going Merry – A free, one-stop scholarships platform. It matches you with scholarships and then helps you apply directly. It has both local and national scholarships and you can bulk-apply for multiple scholarships, which share similar essay prompts, using one application.
Scholar Snapp – A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information – including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. – from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS – The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
The NSHSS Foundation – The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students pursuing the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests.
University of Arizona
U of A Representative, Carlos Bravo, will be on campus during senior high lunch, Wednesday, 10/20/2021. Please stop by his table to ask questions about financial aid, Merit scholarships, admissions and more.
Tri-University Virtual Week
Virtual Tri-University Week: October 18 – 23. By pooling our resources, we know that we will be able to provide an unprecedented opportunity to hear from financial aid, admissions, and access professionals from the three public in-state universities.