Central Arizona College Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships’ requirements:

  • Must have their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filled out and turned in.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or a certificate.
  • Must be enrolled in an on-campus program
  • New Students are priority
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a non-citizen if applicable
  • All scholarships must be coordinated by Federal Financial Aid and the total of all awards may not exceed need.

Central Arizona College Foundation Scholarships:

  • Must Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester
  • Earn and maintain a 2.5 grade point average
  • Coordinate with Federal Financial Aid
  • Meet all other requirements for each scholarship

Fire Chiefs Association

  • Must be an eligible Promise for the Future Student
  • Endowment Scholarship for expenses and fees not related to tuition costs
  • Must be enrolled in a program of study in fire science
  • Must be a graduate of a Pinal County high school
  • Preference to Residents of Pinal county

The Sergeant Tate Lynch Promise for the Future Scholarship Endowment

  • Must be an eligible Promise for the Future student.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate in public safety, emergency services or criminal justice

Pinal County University Foundation Scholarship

  • Awards are given to a first year and a second year Promise students

Agriculture-Agriculture Sciences Scholarships

Guy Gilbert Scholarship

  • Must be a graduating Casa Grande Union High School Student
  • Must have participated in the agriculture program at CGUHS

Arthur and Mary Faul Scholarship

  • Program of study in agricultural sciences

Paul Pearce Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a resident of Arizona who is pursuing a degree or certificate in agriculture or agricultural sciences
  • Must demonstrate leadership, community service
  • Additional consideration given to applicants with 2 years of 4H or Future Farmers of America

Behavioral Health Sciences

The Michael J. Cepello Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate in behavioral health services
    Preference to Pinal County residents
  • Business

Darlene Unger Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in the business program

Criminal Justice

Judge Robert R. Bean Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be Pinal County high school graduate
  • Must be enrolled in the criminal justice or legal studies


Donovan Kramer Scholarship

  • Must be a Communications student

Coolidge or Florence High School Graduates

Emma Boswell Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a Coolidge High School graduate

Dale and Lee Gibson Scholarship

  • Must be a Florence Union High School graduate
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate

Richard J. and A. Myrtle Jones Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a graduate of Coolidge or Florence high schools
  • Preference to a Coolidge graduate
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Creative Arts, Visual Arts

Thomas Cole Art Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in a visual arts program
  • Must provide sample of artistic talent or potential
  • Must have a civic commitment
  • Must demonstrate financial need

C.A. & Nelle H. Pope Scholarship

  • Must be pursuing a degree in the creative arts or culinary arts programs

Sodexo Culinary Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in either the Hotel Restaurants and Management or the Culinary Arts Programs


The George W. Fridell Scholarship

  • Student should exhibit financial need
    Essay should document financial need and education/career goals

Barnes and Noble Book Scholarship


James Lee Music Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in music courses
  • Non-Traditional Student

Great Women of CAC/Pinal County

  • Must be a Pinal County resident
  • Preference to a new, continuing or re-entry student
  • May have endured/overcome hardships
  • Participated in community service
  • Must demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Nursing, Health Services, Pre-Med

Zelda (Chris) Ferryman Scholarship

  • Program of study in Nursing

JoAnn Harter Memorial Scholarship for Nursing

  • Must be a second year Nursing student
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

N.E. “Pete” & Josephine King Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled a health careers program

Lynn S. Long Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a nursing student enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester
  • Must earn a 3.5 GPA on courses required for the nursing AAS degree.

 Tepi Maddock Scholarship

  • Must be female students
    Program of study in Physical Education, Nursing or Pre-Med

Roberta Phillips Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in the Nursing program
  • Must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA


Coolidge Mounted Sheriff’s Posse Scholarship

  • Preference to direct descendants of Sheriff Posse members pursuing any certificate or degree program
  • High school graduates participating in the CAC Rodeo program and pursuing a two-year certificate or degree
  • Pinal County high school graduate pursuing a certificate or degree in agriculture
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA after one semester of attendance

Bob England Rodeo Scholarship and Endowment Scholarship

  • Must be a member of the rodeo program.
  • Preference to Promise for the Future students.

Ann Williams Scholarship

  • Must participate in the Rodeo program
  • Must demonstrate financial need


Richard G. O’Brien Science Scholarship

  • Must be a Casa Grande high school graduate
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate in the science program.

Sports Education, Athletic Team Member (also see Rodeo)

Tom Kunz Vaquero Scholarship

  • Must be a member of a recognized Central Arizona College athletic team
  • Must be enrolled fulltime
  • Must be a graduate of a Pinal County high school

Tepi Maddock Scholarship

  • Must be female students
  • Program of study in Physical Education, Nursing or Pre-Med


Duane Irvin Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in a technology program


Winston Hoffman Drama Scholarship

  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be performing in a current theater production

Transfer Student

Clara Lovett University Foundation Scholarship

  • Must be enrolled in a regionally accredited university offering programs on a Central Arizona College Campus
  • Graduate of a Pinal County High School
  • Graduate of Central Arizona College with a completion of 30 university parallel credits. (Arizona State Prison Campus is excluded)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 at CAC and in university parallel courses taken at CAC
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 9 credits with a declared university major
  • Recommendations provided by former instructors will be given special consideration

Veterans, Dependents of Veterans

V.A.L.O.R. (Veterans And Loved Ones Relief)

  • Must be a veteran, or the spouse or children up to the age of 26
  • Must be a resident of Pinal County
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate

Native American

Kathleen Van Cleft Indian Scholarship Fund

  • Must be a Native American

Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver

In 2013, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill to help Arizona’s foster children earn a college degree by offering them free tuition. This five-year pilot program uses a combination of federal grants and scholarships, and university/college aid to cover students’ tuition and fees.
To be eligible students must:

  • be under 23 years old
  • currently be in foster care and at least 16 years old; or
  • formerly be in foster care when 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 copy of your foster care and/or ward of the court documentation to a CAC financial aid office
  • submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year

After receiving the waiver students must demonstrate continuous progress towards a degree of certificate, and complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service to remain eligible for the tuition waiver. Read all of the eligibility requirements for the Arizona Foster Care Tuition Waiver.

The 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.
Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • must be in foster care, adopted from foster care after age 16, or aged out of foster care
  • be US citizens or qualified non-citizens
  • be younger than 21 to apply for the first time
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have been accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college or vocational/technical training program
  • personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) must be worth less than $10,000

How to Apply
To apply, applicants must complete the following forms:

  • The Foster Care to Success Student Portal offers one application to apply for both the Arizona Foster Youth Award and the Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV). The application opens each July 1. Once the student submits the application, the Foster Care to Success offices will reach out to the student to discuss enrollment in school, housing, working, etc.
  • The Financial Aid Release Form must be filled out. The financial aid office will fill in the cost of attendance and all of the student’s other loans, grants and scholarships and sends it to ETV. This shows ETV the student’s ESTIMATED NEED.
  • The ETV Student Participation Agreement explains the student’s responsibilities as a program participant and must be signed and faxed or mailed to ETV before funding is disbursed.
  • Receiving your Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
  • Once the ETV office has received all forms, they will determine a students need and send an award letter to qualified students. ETV will send awarded funds (up to $2,500 per semester) directly to CAC and CAC will post those funds to the students account. This transaction may post after the fall semester has begun. Students with questions, may contact the Financial Aid office.
  • Every student’s financial situation is unique. In some situations, even with the Arizona Foster Youth Award and full Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding, students may need to consider loans to cover their costs. CAC reminds students to borrow wisely, as loans must be paid back with interest.


Students must re-apply online for every new school year. However, ETV funds are assigned one term at a time and students are required to complete and submit a new Financial Aid Release Form each semester . The ETV Program needs to update students’ financial information, school enrollment, attendance and educational progress before any funds are assigned, and therefore the forms must be submitted on a semester basis.
At the end of every term funded by ETV, ETV must receive the student’s official transcript, including final grades for that term, mailed directly from the registrar. Faxed, emailed or unofficial copies of transcripts/grade sheets will not be accepted. ETV funding will NOT be disbursed until the student’s transcript has been received.
Other Scholarships
Some scholarships require a separate application process. These scholarships provide additional opportunities for qualified students to get support for their educational expenses at Central Arizona College. Review the description of each scholarship to determine if you meet their criteria.

Chapter BP P.E.O. Sisterhood Grant

The amount of the grant is $400.00. The grant is for one semester. Monies are gived directly to the student and are to be used for educational expenses. Grantee may reapply.
A women is considered eligible for the grant if she:

  • has successfully completed at least one semester of her education
  • is in need of financial assistance
  • has the ability and skills necessary to complete the program
  • is in good academic standing
  • completes the application
  • has a faculty recommendation
  •  is interviewed and approved by the Chapter


The application is to be completed and mailed or e-mailed to the person listed below. Candidates will be contacted regarding an interview.
Ms. Alice Parkin
PO BOX 11310
Casa Grande, AZ 85130
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Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Scholarship

• The applicant must be a current Pinal County resident, senior in high school, and complete all of the requirements listed below.
• Payment of scholarship funds is contingent upon satisfactory proof of acceptance and enrollment in a post-secondary institution.
• Maximum of $1,000.


  • Completed application

Attach the following:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation - One from a teacher, counselor, or principal from your current school and the second from a community member.
  • A photocopy of your current high school transcript
  • Typed essay on “How I have applied and intend to apply the Core Values of Cesar Chavez.” The minimum is 500 words and the maximum is 600 words.

Website/Source: https://www.cesarchavezpinal.org/scholarship-application.html
Application in PDF Format: https://www.cesarchavezpinal.org/images/pdf/2020app.pdf

Art Competition Scholarship:
The Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Committee of Pinal County invites all High School students in Pinal County to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the public understanding of the life of Cesar Chavez by participating in the annual Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Art Competition.
All High School students in public and private schools in Pinal County are eligible. An individual may submit only ONE item for this competition.
Art should express the concept of the lifework of Cesar E. Chavez and his impact on the community, and/or in the world, thereby increasing student awareness of his importance.
1. Art should be submitted on paper not larger than 11” X 14”.
2. Complete Application Form to accompany art piece.
3. Submit completed entry by February 13, 2019 at 5pm to:
City of Casa Grande Attn: Gloria Leija, City Clerk510 E Florence Blvd Casa Grande, AZ 85122
• 1st place: $250.00
• 2nd Place: $150.00
• 3rd Place: $75.00
Winners will be selected and notified by February 18, 2019, and will be invited to attend the annual Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Dinner on Friday, March 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Property Conference Center, 1251 W Gila Bend Hwy, Casa Grande, AZ 85122.
Deadline February 13, 2019 at 5 PM.
Source: https://www.cesarchavezpinal.org/art-competition.html



Source: https://centralaz.edu/admissions/paying-for-college/financial-aid/