Foundation Scholarships

Foundation Scholarship Programs

The Central Arizona College Foundation serves and supports the college as a two-year institution of higher education with the primary role of providing student scholarships. The Foundation receives financial gifts and real property from individuals and organizations to fund these scholarships.

The purpose of Central Arizona College Foundation Scholarships is to assist students enrolled at Central Arizona College in achieving their education goals.

To receive a Central Arizona College Foundation Scholarship the student must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be pursuing a degree or certificate.
  • Coordinate with Federal Financial Aid. The total of all awards may not exceed the student’s need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Earn and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • Meet all other specific criteria as identified by each Foundation Scholarship.

How to Apply for Foundation Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office has applications and information for Foundation Scholarship programs as well as other Non-institutional Scholarship programs.  Students interested should visit one of the Central Arizona College campuses or contact the Financial Aid Office for information.  To apply students must submit the corresponding scholarship application with all requirements.

CAC Foundation: Promise for the Future Scholarship

The following endowed scholarships have been established within the Promise for the Future Scholarship Fund:

  • A. M. & Pearl Clark, J. R. & Lola Waddle Scholarship
  • ASML Trust Scholarship
  • Zhe (Joe) Fang Memorial Scholarship
  • Claude and Isabell W. Gipson Scholarship
  • Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation Scholarship
  • Stephen P. Terry Scholarship
  • Fred & Eunice Wuertz Scholarship

Target: High School graduates of Pinal County or qualifying high schools that have signed and submitted a Promise for the Future contract to the Central Arizona College Foundation during their 8th grade year. Students must graduate high school with at least a 2.75 GPA.

Enrollment Requirements: Must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Fall semester immediately following May high school graduation or in the Spring semester for December high school graduates. Must enroll and complete the Orientation to College course (CPD101) with a grade C or better. Must attend a New Student Orientation session.

Renewal Requirements: Must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours each semester. Must earn and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Enrollment must be continuous. Limited to four consecutive semesters. Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Judge Robert R. Bean Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a Coolidge or Florence High School graduate.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process:  The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Boswell Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a Coolidge High School Graduate

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with a 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Great Women of CAC/Pinal County

Eligibility Requirements: Pinal County residents who are seeking a degree at Central Arizona College; academica achievement (2.5 GPA or higher); participation in community service; demonstrate leadership qualities; must demonstrate financial need;may have endured/overcome hardships; may be new, continuing or re-entry student.

Renewal Requirements: None.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with a 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the designated Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Casa Grande Jr. Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a graduate of Casa Grande, Maricopa, or Stanfield high schools and have been active in high school activities.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with a 300-word essay and a letter from high school representative verifying participation in high school activities.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Central Arizona College Foundation Scholarship Aravaipa Campus

Selection Process: Awarded to outstanding “Freshman of the Year” at the Aravaipa Campus.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Michael Cepello Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a Pinal County resident; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50; Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester; Program of study in behavioral health sciences.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with a 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Horizon Human Services Board members for selection of a recipient.

Thomas Cole Art Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Program of study in creative arts.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Central Arizona College Creative Arts faculty will choose the recipient(s) with concurrence from Tom Cole.

Coolidge Mounted Sheriff’s Posse Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • First priority – Direct descendants of Sheriff Posse members for any certificate or degree program.
  • Second priority-High school graduates participating in the CAC Rodeo Program pursuing a two-year certificate or degree.
  • Final priority-Pinal County graduates pursuing a degree or certificate in Agriculture.

Renewal Requirement: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Application Deadline:  The Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet is due June 2 before the fall semester. Applications received after June 2 will be reviewed for awarding based upon availability of funds.

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee (which includes a representative appointed by former members of the Coolidge Mounted Sheriff’s Posse). The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Arthur and Mary Faul Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Program of study in agricultural sciences.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Central Arizona College agricultural faculty will choose the recipient(s).

Zelda (Chris) Ferryman Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Program of study in Nursing.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with a 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

George Fridell Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Student should exhibit financial need and promise of success as a student.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present application(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Guy Gilbert Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Casa Grande Union High School graduate. Must have participated in the agriculture program at CGUHS.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Casa Grande Union High School faculty in concurrence with CAC agricultural faculty will choose the recipient(s).

JoAnn Harter Memorial Scholarship for Nursing

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a second year Nursing student.

Renewal Requirments: Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 while at Central Arizona College.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process:  The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select an approved recipient(s).

Duane Irvin Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Program of study in technology.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Central Arizona College technology faculty will choose the recipient.

N.E. “Pete” & Josephine King Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:  Must be a Health Careers student.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select an approved recipient(s).

Donovan Kramer Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements  Must be a Communications student.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select an approved recipient(s).

Tom Kunz Vaquero Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a member of a recognized Central Arizona College Athletic team. Must be a graduate of a Pinal County high school.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: Head coaches will submit a recommendation to include student’s academic and personal qualifications for this scholarship.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Athletic Director and President of the Vaquero Foundation will select recipient.

Lin Laursen Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: New and continuing students.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: Qualified student will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office of their eligibility and will be asked to complete the appropriate application materials.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Lin Laursen and the Womens Basketball Coach will select recipient.

James Lee Music Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be enrolled in music courses.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay. Applications including recommendations by former instructors will be given special consideration.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: James Lee and the Creative Arts facultywill select recipient.

Clara Lovett University Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students 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 Pirson 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.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay. Applications including recommendations by former instructors will be given special consideration.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Pinal County University Foundation Executive Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Tepi Maddock Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must be female; Program of study in Physical Education, Nursing or Pre-Med; Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50; Financial Need

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Roberta Phillips Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Program of study in Nursing

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s)

Pinal County University Scholarahip

Eligibiltiy Requierments: Must be a Pinal County High School Graduate with a 3.0 cumulative High School GPA. Submission of Transcripts may be required. (Excludes the Arizona State Prison Campus).

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College.

Applicaton Process:  A completed institutional scholarship application is required with at 300 word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Pinal County University Foundaion Executive Committee. The Committee will select and approve the recipient(s).

C.A. & Nellie Pope Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Program of study in art.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Members of the Art program will make final selection.

Joe Refsnes Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Student should exhibit financial need and promise of success as a student

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Dr. R.F. Schoen

Selection Process: Awarded to oustanding "Freshman of the Year" at the Signal Peak Campus

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Sodexho Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Student(s) enrolled in either the Hospitality and Restaurant Management or Culinary Arts Programs.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Hospitality and Restaurant Management and/or Culinary Arts Programs who will make the final selection.

Kathleen Van Cleft Indian Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a Native American student.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Application Process: A completed Central Arizona College Scholarship Application packet with 300-word essay.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: The Central Arizona College Financial Aid Office will select and present applicant(s) to the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee. The committee will select and approve recipient(s).

Ann Williams Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Must participate in the Rodeo Program.

Renewal Requirements: Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 after one semester of attendance at Central Arizona College. Must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Selection Process: Recipient(s) will be selected by the head rodeo coach.


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