Worried about the cost of college? We know it’s expensive. By starting your degree at AWC, you’ve already lowered the cost of your degree. Further decrease your student loans by applying for scholarships. It is strongly suggested that you create a new email account for scholarships only. You may also need to submit the following information with your scholarship applications:
- Personal statement (essay)
- Educational resume
- 3-5 letters of recommendations (at least 2 from faculty)
- Official AWC transcripts
Please visit Career Services if you need information on how to complete your personal statement and educational resume.
AWC Foundation Scholarships
Since 1963, the Arizona Western College Foundation has been dedicated to empowering people to reach their educational and career aspirations by enhancing access to learning opportunities. As part of this mission, the AWC Foundation provides scholarships to students attending Arizona Western College. All available scholarship opportunities are posted on our website at https://foundation.azwestern.edu/. Review the criteria for the available scholarships and apply only to those in which you meet all the criteria. When considering GPA requirements for available scholarships, unweighted GPAs are used.
Honors Program Scholarship
Scholarships are available to full-time Honors Program students for up to two years. Funds awarded are based on academic achievement and come in the form of tuition, fee, room/board and/or book waivers. See the AWC Honors Program Department Chair for more information, requirements and application. Please note the deadline for this scholarship may vary from other institutional scholarships.
(see Honors Program for due date information)
Presidential Scholarship Program
Yuma and La Paz County High School Seniors only! Applicants should have an approximate GPA of 3.0 through the first semester of their senior year. Students are required to complete the General Scholarship Application available online. Selection of recipients is based on overall Student Achievements and Successes. Scholarship is renewable for four consecutive semesters.
Agua Viva Youth Scholarship
Agua Viva Youth is offering two $750 scholarships for local students pursuing a degree that will benefit the betterment of the youth in Yuma County. Applicants must be Yuma County resident, Arizona Western College student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.Download(s):
AV Youth SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION .pdf
American Nuclear Society
Scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in nuclear science and technology careers. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
Angeles De Desierto Nursing Scholarship
Scholarships available for Hispanic students enrolled in an accredited nursing program. Must be a resident of Yuma County and have demonstrated financial need with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Arizona National Livestock Show Scholarship
This scholarship is provided to undergraduate and university students who have demonstrated an interest in agriculture. Scholarships are available twice a year.
Assistance League of Yuma
Scholarships available for residents of Yuma County enrolled in occupational/technical programs at AWC. Must be full-time as defined by the program guidelines.
Brown Foundation Scholarship
Scholarships available to any student of color attending college with a major in education. Student must identify as a high school senior or current college student on application.
Caballeros de Yuma
Caballeros de Yuma offer scholarships to deserving students in and around the Yuma area. Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors as well as current college students.
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Scholarships will be available to students not considered to be in the top 10% of their class. Students must have demonstrated need.
Desert Lily Quilters Scholarship
Up to $1,000 scholarship for the academic school year to three promising students. The scholarships are open to any post hight school student in the Yuma County area.
Hui ‘O Hawai’i of Yuma Scholarship Fund
Scholarship available to Yuma County Residents.
Jackie Robinson Foundation, Inc.
Available to high school seniors entering an accredited college or university as a freshman. Student must be an ethnic minority.
John C Lincoln Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate students pursuing a 4-year degree in welding engineering or welding technology. Priority given to students residing or attending school in Arizona. Must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Mensa Education & Research Foundation
Applicants must be a resident of the Greater Phoenix Mensa area (central and northern Arizona) and enrolled in an accredited US institution of post-secondary education. Applicants need not be a member of Mensa.
Nota M. Hardy Scholarship
The Nota M. Hardy Scholarship gives priority to students pursuing a degree in the Media Arts. Students wanting to enter the fields of Television, Radio, & Journalism are specially encouraged to apply for this scholarship opportunity. Students interested in applying must have a 2.0 GPA and planning to attend Arizona Western College Full-Time (12 credits minimum). Any student interested in applying for the Nota M. Hardy Scholarship will need to complete the Scholarship Application found below and submit it to the Scholarship Specialist located in the Financial Aid Office of AWC Yuma Campus.Download(s):
2017-18 Scholarship Application.docx
Ocean to Ocean Arts, Music, and Entertainment Scholarship
$450 scholarship available to Yuma, AZ high school graduates. For application inquiries, contact email@example.com
Presbyterian Church USA
Scholarships available to high school seniors of Asian, African American, Hispanic or Native American descent who is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Must be a US citizen and entering college as a full time freshman.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Scholarships available to African American high school seniors entering college or university as a freshman.
United Negro College Fund
Lists of scholarships available. Check each individual scholarship for eligibility criteria and deadlines.
YRMC Volunteer Services Scholarship
The volunteers of Yuma Regional Medical Center are pleased to support scholarships for those pursuing a career in healthcare. These scholarships are made possible by the fund-raising efforts of the volunteers, proceeds from the retail operations at YRMC and donations from supporters of this program. Five scholarships at $2,000 each and two Memorial Volunteer scholarships of $1,000 each.
Yuma County Fair, Inc.
Available to full time Yuma County resident that is a current exhibitor or has exhibited at The Yuma County Fair for two of the last five years.
Yuma Regional Medical Center Foundation
Scholarships available to students majoring in any health care field; does not include veterinary medicine or science. For questions or further information, contact:
Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
The Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is a federally funded grant used to support foster youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who are enrolled in college, university and vocational training programs. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year based on their cost of attendance. They must enroll before their 21st birthday and may continue to receive support until age 23. Funds may be used for tuition, housing, books, student loan repayments and qualified living expenses.
To apply for the Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV):
Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver
In 2013, then Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill to help Arizona’s foster youth earn a college degree by offering them free tuition. This five-year pilot program uses a combination of federal grants and scholarships, and institutional aid to cover the full amount of Arizona resident undergraduate tuition and fees.
To be eligible, students must:
- be accepted to AWC
- be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- be an Arizona resident for tuition purposes
- verify lawful presence as described under Arizona's Proposition 300
- be under 23 years old
- currently be in foster care and at least 16 years old; or
- formerly be in foster care when the student was at least 16 years old; or
- have been adopted from foster care (and adoption finalized) after the student was 16 years old
- submit a foster care tuition waiver application
- submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year
To remain eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- If the student is making continuous satisfactory progress toward an Associate's Degree or Certificate Program, the person is eligible to receive the Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver up to age 23.
- After the first academic year that a student receives the Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver, students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer services before the next academic year starts.
- Students must remain in good academic standing.
The Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver will only cover any remaining tuition and mandartory fees after all other awarded funds from federal, public, and institutional grants and scholarships have been applied to the student's account. If the student's tuition and fees are 100% covered by the other awards, the student will NOT see an Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver applied to their account. Read all of the eligibility requirements for the Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver.
Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships (AzLEAP)
Student financial assistance in the form of need-based grants to low-income, undergraduate Arizona resident students who have demonstrated substantial financial need.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant offered to eligible undergraduate students based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The SEOG assists students demonstrating exceptional financial need in accordance with guidelines and funding allocations established by the Department of Education and the Office of Financial Aid.