For Scholarship Seekers

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Portrait of CTE scholarship recipient Tessa Brainard from Sedona.
The Arizona Community Foundation is Arizona's largest independent provider of college scholarships.

One online application

In partnership with our generous donors, we award millions of dollars annually to help students achieve their educational goals.

Through our online system, students complete one application and are matched with available scholarships, based on their eligibility requirements.

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Featured Scholarships

Closes March 1st

The Thunderbirds scholarship is a renewable scholarship that supports students through their degree completion and was established by the nationally renowned service organization to support the pursuit of higher education for outstanding Arizona high school students.

Eligibility Criteria:

– Applicant must be graduating from an Arizona high school or equivalent

– Applicant must be attending Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona and pursuing an undergraduate degree as a full-time student

– Minimum GPA of 3.5

– Volunteer/Community Service

– U.S. Citizen

– Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation; one academic (such as a teacher or counselor) and one personal (such as a coach, employer, youth group leader)—family members should not provide the reference letter

Award Details:

Strong candidates for The Thunderbirds Scholarship demonstrate excellence in academics and are engaged members of their community. Students live on-campus for at least the first year and participate in a mentorship program with Education Forward Arizona throughout their college career. Family members of Thunderbirds or Thunderbird Employees are not eligible.
Closes March 1st

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee will award scholarships to students attending an accredited higher learning institution in financial need. Eligible students must show how they promoted the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their participation in school, community, and/or faith-based events within the last year.

Eligibility Criteria:

– U.S. citizen or legal resident (including DACA students)

– Arizona resident

– Explanation of activities/events in the required supplemental essay section

– Graduating high school senior or undergraduate student currently attending an accredited community college, private vocational college, or university

– Minimum 2.0 GPA

– Part- or full-time enrollment

– Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA

– African American or African descent, Latinx, or Native American

– Extra consideration will be given to applicants who have participated in Martin Luther King activities throughout the Valley and state

Award Details:

Awards will be up to $750 for community college and $1,000 for university students. Scholarship is one-time, non-renewable.

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ACF manages more than 150 scholarships. Explore your options, then visit our scholarship portal and fill out one application.

Scholarship Spotlight

Student aspirations are set in motion by ACF scholarships

Photo of ACF scholarship recipient Albert Alan at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

In 2017,

Albert earned three concurrent degrees from UArizona.


Scholarships available through ACF's general application.

Albert Alan's aspirations are boundless, and he has the hard evidence to prove it.

In 2017, he earned three concurrent degrees from the University of Arizona. This foundation in physiology, sociology, and neuroscience landed Albert in the UArizona College of Medicine, where he is pursuing both an M.S. in Cellular Molecular Medicine and an M.D. degree. Albert also serves in a research position for the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurosurgery and plans to become a board-certified neurosurgeon, all while tackling unforeseen health challenges.

Throughout his education so far, the pursuit of knowledge has helped him better understand the world as a complex and often inequitable place. Combined with his own experience grappling with homelessness during his teens, Albert has gained a unique perspective on how he can be a physician who leads with compassion.

He sees an opportunity to meet his patients in their world by learning more about the racial and socioeconomic disparities that exist in healthcare. Albert’s goal is to help close those gaps, motivated by the chance to improve the quality of care for people of color and those experiencing homelessness.

When Albert reflects on the value of his education and the ACF scholarships that made it possible, he can’t overstate how much it meant to him.

Photos courtesy of Albert Alan

Education was literally my oxygen, because that’s all I had. When you’re drowning, and nothing’s working out; when you have no family and you’re alone; when the only oxygen tank you have is a book—that was my life. That’s why you see all these degrees. They were my way of staying alive in this world.
Portrait of ACF scholarship recipient Albert Alan.

Albert Alan

ACF scholarship recipient

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