Scholarships are FREE financial aid that can use to help pay for tuition, fees, housing & meals (depending on the scholarship). Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are typically earned by exhibiting strong academics, athletics, hobbies, background, leadership, and/or community service. There are scholarships available for all sorts of interests, activities, GPA's, and grade levels - it's never too early to start applying to scholarships!

Two types of scholarships:
1, Merit Based - only based upon your achievements
2. Need Based - based upon your achievements, but also consider your family's financial need to pay for college
Some scholarships are college or university specific. These are either awarded through the college application process, you are reviewed for them when you apply to a college and awarded them upon admissions without having to submit a separate application, OR you apply for them when you apply to the college (or sometimes after you are accepted) but they require you to submit an additional application or essay. If a college asks on it's application if you'd like to be considered for financial aid & scholarships, always select '"yes."
Scholarship Search Websites

Students in any grade can visit these websites to search for scholarships! 
AZCIS Financial Sort
Search scholarships by category
College Depot
Scholarships organized by categories (interest areas, backgrounds, grade level, etc.)

College Resource Network
Scholarships organized by categories (interest areas, backgrounds, grade level, etc.)

Create a profile & get matched to scholarships
JLV Scholarship Blog
Scholarships organized by categories (interest areas, backgrounds, grade level, etc.)

Scholarships organized by categories (interest areas, backgrounds, grade level, etc.)

Scholarships AZ
Scholarships with no citizenship requirements
Create a profile & get matched to scholarships

Scholarship Monkey 
Create a profile & get matched to scholarships
Create a profile & get matched to scholarships
In State Scholarship Opportunities
At our public instate universities, you will be automatically considered for these merit based scholarships upon admission. All of these scholarships are renewable for 4 years!

Arizona State University: New American University Scholarship
Northern Arizona University: Merit-Based Freshman Scholarships
University of Arizona: Wildcat Excellence Scholarships

Once you are admitted to the in-state universities, you have access to the following websites to find & apply for more scholarships!

Arizona State University: Scholarship Portal
Northern Arizona University: NAU Foundation 
University of Arizona: Scholarship Universe

The private institutions in Arizona also offer some great scholarships opportunities!

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University: Scholarship Opportunities
Grand Canyon University: Merit & Additional Scholarships
Prescott College: Undergraduate Scholarships

Additional significant instate scholarship opportunities:

Flinn Scholars (any instate school - academic excellence, community involvement, leadership)
Dorrance Scholarship (any instate school - need based, 1st generation college students)
University of Arizona Honors College Baird Scholarship (academic excellence, community involvement, leadership)
Arizona State University Next Generation Service Corps Scholarship (interest in making a difference, serving others)
Additional Scholarship Opportunities & Resources
Below is a list of colleges and universities that have competitive full ride and/or full tuition scholarships that are solely based on merit (academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, character, leadership, etc.). There are no need based requirements and they are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, state of residency, etc. We try to keep this document as updated as possible, but always check the scholarship websites for the most up-to-date information!
List of full ride/full tuition scholarship competitions.
Colleges that meet 100% of financial need are committed to ensuring college is financially attainable for every admitted student. These institutions promise to make sure that a student’s demonstrated financial need is covered through scholarships, grants, work-study, and in some cases small loans.

List of schools that meet 100% of Financial Need.
The College Board uses qualifying junior year PSAT scores to recognize African American, Hispanic or Latino, and Indigenous students, as well as those attending school in a rural area through their College Board Recognition Programs. Students who qualify will receive this academic honor that can be included on college applications and that colleges use to identify academically exceptional students.
If a student meets the qualifying PSAT score for that year they will be invited via email in the Spring of their Junior year to complete an online application to become a College Board Recognition Scholar. In order to become a Scholar, students must have a 3.5 GPA at the end of their 5th semester of high school. Students will work with the counseling team to submit a GPA verification form. Students are official designated as a Scholar in the Fall of their senior year. More information on the CBRP program can be found on their website here. 
This designation can lead to significant scholarship opportunities! 

List of significant college specific scholarships for National Hispanic Scholars.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition that students qualify for through their participation in the PSAT/NMSQT during the fall of their junior year of high school. Upon meeting program entry and participation requirements, students can be named National Merit Finalist. Approximately 7500 Finalist are chosen to receive a National Merit Scholarship award. More information on the program can be found at The National Merit Website
In addition to the awards given through the National Merit corporation, some colleges and universities give significant scholarships (full rides, full tuition, and more!) to students who are named National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists.
List of Significant College Specific Scholarships for National Merit Finalists & Semifinalists!
Through RaiseMe you can earn scholarships from colleges for the things that best prepare you to succeed in high school, like having perfect attendance, getting an A in a class, participating in an extracurricular activity, and more. Create a profile as early as 9th grade to begin discovering colleges and earning micro-scholarships from colleges for your achievements.
This is a great tool to see what type of merit scholarship you are eligible for at various colleges around the US. 
Make an account.
WUE, or the Western Undergraduate Exchange, is a program where students in Western states may enroll in participating two-year and four-year public college programs at a reduced tuition level: up to 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. In all cases, WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. Some institutions have opened their entire curriculum on a space-available or first-come, first-served basis. Others offer only designated programs at the discounted WUE rate. Additionally, some colleges will automatically give you WUE tuition rates, while others require you to complete paperwork or qualify with a certain GPA & test score. 
Participating WUE states (not all colleges in each state offer WUE tuition rates): Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, U.S. Pacific Territories, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming 
You can learn more about the WUE program at their website.
For specific information on participating colleges and costs, use their College Savings Finder.

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