Scholarships Help You Pay For College

Scholarships are financial gifts to help students pay for college. Hundreds of scholarships are awarded each year to students who demonstrate financial need, academic merit or who meet a demographic category. Don’t miss a chance to earn free money for college.

Four Places to Find Scholarship Money

  1. STARS, the Maricopa Community College Foundation non-profit scholarship organization, is a database that matches your single, online application against all the STARS scholarship offerings. Applications are generally accepted during the months of March and October. See STARS website for specific deadlines.  
  2. Check Academic Works, a database of scholarships available for Maricopa Community College students. Apply Online Sept. 9-30, 2014. Check back periodically as scholarships are posted throughout the year and deadlines vary. 
  3. Several GCC departments offer scholarships to incoming and current students. Contact your academic department to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
  4. Community organizations, governmental agencies and other non-profit groups offer scholarships based on need, merit or demographics. 

Transfer Scholarships

If you are planning to transfer to another college or university, contact their Financial Aid or Scholarship Office to ask about available scholarships. Here are just a few: Arizona State UniversityGrand Canyon UniversityNorthern Arizona University and University of Arizona.

GCC Transfer Scholarships (available in STARS)
Title Requirements Amount
English or Journalism teaching English or Journalism Teaching major, three-quarter time enrollment, and a 3.5 GPA transferable to ASU $650
GCC Alumni Endowment Transfer Scholarship GCC graduate or transfer student, 3.25 GPA, and completion of 30 credit hours at GCC $250-$500
Leland & Nancy Stanley Scholarship A GCC graduate who has participated in the GCC Athletic program within the last three years, accepted to attend NAU or ASU, demonstrated financial need, volunteer service and work experience. Preferences will be given to students 22 years of age or older, veterans, and to graduates of Wickenburg High School. $1,000
Diane H. Thomas Scholarship for GCC Alumni A GCC graduating student, 3.0 GPA, transferring to an accredited four-year college or university for the upcoming academic year, and demonstrating financial need. $10,000


Check the Academic Works scholarship database for available opportunities.

Check Maricopa STARS website for open application periods.