Scholarships & College Assistance

  • FAFSA The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    All seniors planning on going to a 2 or 4-year college, university, or technical school should plan on filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The vast majority of students qualify for some form of financial aid including grants, work-study programs, low-interest and subsidized loans, as well as other need-based financial aid and scholarships. The first step to complete your FAFSA is to create your FSAID, this takes about 5 minutes and can be accomplished on a mobile phone. You will need your social security number and an email address (students, do not use your school Gmail email address) to complete the process. Students and parents both need to create their own FSAID in order to complete the FAFSA. Once you have created your FSAID, you will be ready to fill out your FAFSA. If you need help contact the Career Center. 

     

    Scholarships

    Many of our students are starting to think about paying for college and apply for scholarships. If you would like to get a jump start on your scholarship and financial aid information, the Marana High School Career Center can provide helpful information to start your scholarship search.  Below are several scholarships that occur annually, which may assist you in beginning the application process:

     

    The Dorrance Scholarship Program 

    The Dorrance Scholarship for first-generation college students is a need-based award providing financial and academic support for Arizona high school graduates pursuing an undergraduate degree at one of Arizona’s public universities. The award is renewable for a total of eight semesters (four years) of funding and is valued at over $100,000. Seniors need to carry a 3.0 or higher GPA, be a first-generation college student, and have financial need based on the FAFSA to qualify to apply for this scholarship.  

     

    Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship

    In an effort to prevent cyberbullying, spread the awareness to students and parents about cyberbullying and to work toward its eradication, Toodrie has created the Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship for high school students to receive a $1250 award. 

     

    The Flinn Scholarship Program 2017 – 2018

    The Flinn Scholarship is reserved for 20 of the best and brightest students across Arizona. The award is renewable for a total of eight semesters (four years) of funding and is valued at over $115,000. Seniors need to carry a 3.5 or higher GPA, rank in the top 5% of their graduating class, and score a minimum composite of 29 on the ACT or 1360 on the SAT to qualify to apply for this scholarship. 

    Eligibility:

    • Top 5% of graduating class
    • GPA better than 3.5
    • Strong SAT or ACT scores
    • Leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities
    • US citizen
    • Arizona residency two years prior to college enrollment

    Applications: Available online at Flinn Scholars

      

    Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award

    Scholarship Information
    The Elks Foundation Awards $2.44 million in college scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide through its Most Valuable Students contest. Scholarships range from two $50,000 scholarships to 480 $4,000 scholarships. 

    Eligibility:
    • High School Senior and a U.S. Citizen

    Judging Criteria: 

    • Scholarship
    • Leadership
    • Financial Need


    Applications for Marana Students: Available online at Elks National Foundation

     

    Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

    Scholarship Information
    If integrity, determination, and courage describe you - you have what it takes to be a Horatio Alger Scholar. This scholarship rewards students who possess the character to succeed in life. Students can receive from $7,000 up to $25,000 for college.

    Eligibility:
    • Demonstrate Critical Financial Need (below $55,000 adjusted gross family income)
    • Exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity
    • Graduating high school in the spring/summer of 2017
    • Commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree
    • United States citizenship
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0

    Applications: Available online at Horatio Alger Association

     

    The Baird Scholarship

    Scholarship Information
    Since 1950, the Baird Foundation has recognized and supported Arizona's top students. The amount of the Baird Scholarship is $12,500 per year, renewable for an additional three years. In addition to the funds from the Baird Foundation, the University of Arizona will provide a full-tuition scholarship including mandatory student fees and the Honors College fee, valued at approximately$12,300 per year. Over four years, the combination of the two awards is valued at almost $100,000. 

    Eligibility:
    • GPA (unweighted) better than 3.75
    • US citizen 
    • Attendance of an Arizona High School for at least two years preceding enrollment at UA
    • Admitted to the U of A for the Fall of 2017 before the application date closes

    Applications: Available online at U of A Scholarship Universe you must already be admitted to U of A to apply. 

     

    Additional Resources

     
    • College Depot is published by the Phoenix Public Library.  Check it out periodically for updates.  College Depot has suggestions for writing personal statements and essays, along with information on getting a good letter of recommendation
    • Tucson Regional College Access Center  - Tucson area site