Local and National Scholarships to Help You Pay For College

A scholarship is money given to you as a gift to help pay for college. If you think there are no scholarships for you, think again - there are GCC Scholarships for your major or degree program, if you have a "C" or better in all your classes. To quickly find national scholarships, use the trusted websites listed below.Click to see the next date and time for GCC's free scholarship workshops

Need Help with Scholarship Applications?
Visit the Enrollment Center and speak with a Scholarship Expert, or attend a free workshop: Find out when the next free financial aid and scholarship workshop is happening. GCC Faculty: did you know that you can schedule a scholarship workshop for your classroom? Call 623-845-3469 to schedule an in-class scholarship workshop.


Maricopa Foundation Scholarships (privately funded) - Apply Sept. 1 - Oct. 7, 2016

This is the one! Fill out just ONE FORM to apply for over $700,000 in scholarships! Open to all GCC & MCCCD students.

When to apply:
Need money for Spring Semester? Apply between Sept. 1 - Oct. 7, 2016
Need money for Fall semester? Apply in February (currently closed.)

Tips on how to stand out: Fill out as much information as possible. When writing your answers to the three short essay questions, the highest points are awarded for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and if you have answered the essay questions completely.
Where to apply: Foundation Scholarship Application. Maricopa Foundation Scholarships are privately funded by people who want to help you get your degree.

Video: How To Apply for Scholarships
Before applying to any opportunities, watch this tutorial on tips for completing your scholarship application successfully:

 

 


Where to find National Scholarships

Below are trusted, free websites with searchable databases to match your eligibility for scholarships from national organizations and businesses.

Sallie Mae
Huge database that matches your interests to scholarships, plus, you can sign up to be alerted when new scholarships are available, so you never miss an opportunity to apply for a chance to increase your scholarship awards. At Sallie Mae, scholarships are for everyone, not just jocks and geniuses. Free! Never pay to apply for scholarships.

FastWeb
Get matched to scholarships based on your strengths, interests and skills.

College Scholarships Foundation (CollegeScholarships.org)
No login or registration required. What makes this website unique is that they list a broad array of funding opportunities without asking for your personal information. 

CollegeNet Mach 25 Scholarship Search
Search for scholarships by keyword, or create a profile for better results.

FinAid
FinAid is an award winning, free service website offering student financial aid information, advice and tools. FinAid has won awards from the College Board, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the American Institute for Public Service

International Education Financial Aid (EIFA)
Scholarships for students who want to study outside of the United States. IEFA offers a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students who want to study abroad.


When to Apply for GCC and Maricopa Community College Scholarships

New GCC Students: President's Honors Scholarship - Apply by July 1

Recent high school graduates who ranked in the top 20% of their graduating class or who scored exceptionally high on GCC placement tests may apply for the Presidents' Honors Scholarship. The Presidents' Honors Scholarship covers the cost of in-county tuition for 15 credit hours per semester, and automatically renews for a total of four consecutive semesters (summers excluded) as long the student meets the criteria for renewal. Apply by July 1.


GCC Academic Works Scholarships (Open Year Round.)

Individual GCC Scholarships are posted Online as they become available.  Submit a separate application for each scholarship.

When to apply: Check the site monthly as dates vary for each scholarship. 
Who should apply: Each scholarship has its own criteria. Criteria might include your major or degree program, ethnicity, financial need, interests, and more.
View list of Scholarships currently accepting applications
Create your account in Academic Works to begin the application process.


Mikus $1,000 Liberal Arts Scholarship - Apply by April 8, 2016

Apply anytime between March 28, 2016 - April 8, 2016.
Dr. Andrew & Patricia J Mikus (MCCF) is a privately funded Liberal Arts Scholarship. Download Mikus Scholarship flier.
Award: $1,000
Criteria: 3.0 GPA, Full-time student, and have accumulated or are enrolled in 9 credit hours in courses with the following prefixes: ARH, ASB 202/222/223, ASM 104, ECN 160, ENH, HIS, SUM, MHL, POS 110/221/222/223 and REL. Be sure to fill out the online application completely.
Where to apply: Maricopa Community Colleges Academic Works


Nina Mason Pulliam Scholarship - Apply by March 1, 2016

Covers full tuition, fees, books, provides a $2,750 annual living allowance, and provides each student with an academic advisor mentor.

Deadline to apply: March 1, yearly. Do any of these describe you? 

  • Raised in the Child Welfare System, or
  • Have a Physical Disability, or
  • Age 25 or older with dependents?

Apply for the Nina Scholars program.  About the Nina Scholars scholarship. Nina Mason Pulliam Scholarship Online application


Transferring to a University? Apply for Transfer Scholarships! Apply by Feb. 28, 2016

Online applications accepted Through Feb. 28, 2016 at  Academicworks. Also, be sure to contact the Financial Aid or Scholarship Office of the institution you are transferring to, and 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 Academic Works)
Title Requirements Amount
English / Journalism Teaching Scholarship GCC Student majoring in English or Journalism, must enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester, and must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA. $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. Up to $1,500
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. Up to $10,000

 

 

 
 

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