· Documentation verifying qualifying criteria
· One to two page essay
· Two recommendation letters
· High school transcript/GED score (beginning freshmen only)
· Unofficial college transcripts (returning students only)
· Copy of most recently filed tax return
· FAFSA on file at institution to which you are applying
· All materials submitted no later than March 1st
In order for your application to be considered, documentation must be provided to prove you meet the qualifying criteria. The following documents are acceptable forms for each of the criteria.
Child Welfare System:
Any court documents stating legal guardianship, custody status, and/or ward of the court or a letter from a case worker.
Official documentation of the physical disability from a medical or health care provider. Statements or letters showing receipt of disability payments will not be accepted.
Adults with Dependents:
Tax forms listing qualifying dependents, custody papers, or a court judgment that proves there is a financially dependent relationship. For the purpose of this scholarship, paying child support is not a qualifying criteria.
For more specific questions on acceptable documentation, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at (480) 731-8460.
Essays should observe the general rules of English grammar. It is also recommended that you put your name on each page of the essay. Cover pages, plastic report covers, etc. are not necessary and will be removed when we process applications.
Essay question: What are your life goals and how will obtaining a college degree further these goals? How do you plan to balance your personal and academic responsibilities? What support system do you currently have/need to help you succeed?
Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation. These may be from a teacher, employer, or other community contact. Please do not submit letters written by relatives.
A high school or GED transcript will be required for beginning freshmen to complete this application. If you are a transfer/returning/continuing student, a transcript from previous and/or current institutions of higher learning will be required. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
In order to verify income, and in some cases, qualifying dependents, a copy of the most recently filed tax return must be submitted. Those who do not file taxes or are exempt must indicate so in their application.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA you may do so at www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact the financial aid office at your college.