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Scholarship Searches

We highly encourage you to apply for external scholarships that are offered by outside donors and agencies.

A recommended system for searching for external scholarships is ScholarshipUniverse. This system will greatly reduce the amount of research you have to do to find external scholarships. It is simply based on your answers to questions.  

  • It is safe to enter your information as these scholarships have been vetted.
  • The application process consists of answering a series of questions regarding yourself and your academic and career goals. The more questions you answer the more opportunities you will be able to apply for.
  • Questions? Submit your feedback directly through the feedback button in the system or email scholarships@pima.edu

Now that you have applied for external scholarships through ScholarshipUniverse, it's time to take your search further! 

Search Resources

Some scholarship search engines will request your name and address in order to better serve you. However, your information may then be sold to companies marketing a wide array of services and products to college students.

Arizona Search Engines 

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National Search Engines

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  • CareerOneStopSearch more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.
  • College Board: Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.
  • CollegeData: This free scholarship search allows students to save results in a “data locker”. 
  • CollegeNet: Allows you to search through 600,000 awards for scholarship matches.  (No login needed under keyword search.)
  • Discover Nursing Scholarship Search: If you are or will be studying nursing, give this free scholarship search a try. You will probably find more nursing scholarships here than in any other source. 
  • FinAid! Scholarships: Provided scholarship listings and a search engine. 
  • Military.com: This site helps students find "millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community". 
  • RMEL Scholarship FoundationThe purpose of the RMEL Foundation is to award scholarships to deserving and qualified students in engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry.
  • TG Adventures in Education: Students can conduct a keyword search of a data base containing 15,000 scholarships.
  • The Scholarship Page: The Scholarship Page was started by a student in 1997, the site primarily featured engineering scholarships, but has since expanded to include others. 
  • United Negro College Fund Scholarship SearchA free online scholarship search sponsored by the United Negro College Fund.

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  • Edvisors: This page allows you to search for scholarships by geography, heritage, religion, extracurricular, family affiliation, high school, or scholarship name.   
  • CollegeXpress: Using data provided by Wintergreen Orchard House, their data base includes 1.7 million scholarships worth a total of $7 billion.  
  • Completing the Dream Scholarship Program (SallieMae): Students on-track to complete their degree or continuous education program who are facing financial challenges may apply to receive a one-time scholarship of up to $2,500 to help complete their post-secondary education program.
    Scholarship applications for AY 2023-24 are being accepted now through 6/28/24 or until all scholarship dollars have been awarded.
  • FastWeb: This site has a large listing of searchable scholarships.     
  • Financial Aid Finder: Check out Scholarships 101 and Find a Scholarship.
  • Hispanic Scholarship FundScholarships available to DACA, permanent resident and U.S. citizen status.
  • Indian Health Service Scholarship Program: Scholarships available to students pursuing a meaningful career in Indian health attainable for American Indian and Alaska Native students.
  • IOScholarships: Free access to STEM scholarships that are perfect for you
    The community offers thousands of curated scholarships and financial education resources for Hispanic American, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian Pacific Islander students.
  • Sallie Mae (Scholarship Portal): Search engine and tips.
  • Scholarship America: Several different options including lists and search engines.
  • Scholarships.com: Search over 3.7 Million scholarships and grants worth about 19 Billion to help you pay for college.  
  • Supercollege.com: This site has a searchable database of over 2.2 million awards worth more than $15.
  • UnigoIn addition to scholarships, you now have access to colleges, internships, careers, and a whole lot more — all with your same login.

International/Study Abroad Search Engines

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  • International Education Financial Aid: This website was created to be a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.  

Scholarship Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students

  • PCC Foundation Scholarships: - Some PCC Foundation scholarships do not require proof of citizenship.  Students can apply for multiple PCC Foundation scholarships online at pima.scholarshipuniverse.com. You will be prompted to log in to MyPima when you click on the link.
  • PCC Immigrant and Refugee Student Resource Center (IRSRC)The Immigrant and Refugee Student Resource Center (IRSRC) at Pima Community College partners with the College and community to gather resources to bridge the information gap and empower immigrant and refugee students to achieve their educational dreams.
  • Arizona Community FoundationArizona Community Foundation scholarships are available for high school seniors, current college students, graduate students, or adult re-entry students attending schools anywhere in the United States.
  • Chispas: Chispas is a student-run organization at the University of Florida that focuses on immigrant rights and immigrant advocacy. Scholarship resources are available.
  • CollegeBoardThe College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million each year to reward your efforts to plan and pay for college.
  • College Depot: Search for scholarships by monthly deadlines, academic major/program of study, etc.
  • DREAMer's Roadmap: Dreamers Roadmap is a free national mobile app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college. 
  • Golden Door ScholarsGolden Door Scholars provides DACAmented & undocumented students with the financial aid and support needed to invest in their education and define their futures.
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and UniversitiesThe Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) provides scholarship opportunities available through various partners. 
  • Hispanic Scholarship FundScholarships available to DACA, permanent resident and U.S. citizen status.
  • Immigrants Rising: Provides a list of scholarships and fellowships that don't require proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education FundThe MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.
  • PepsiCo. Cesar Chavez Latino ScholarshipThe Cesar Chavez Foundation, in partnership with PepsiCo, invite students of Latino descent who are beginning or continuing their studies at higher educational institutions in Arizona and California’s Central Valley, to apply for the PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund. 
  • Scholarships A-Z: Supports undocumented and immigrant youth in Arizona to navigate higher education.  Scholarships listed are organized by month and due date. They also have more essay tips. 
  • Scholarships for Latinx: Resource for several distinct forms of financial assistance are available to needy college students through this organization.
  • The DREAM.USTheDream.US scholarships are for highly motivated DREAMers who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. They have no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid, and they sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition.
  • The Isac Amaya Foundation: Every year the Isac Amaya Foundation awards a variety of academic scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending community colleges and universities across Arizona. The scholarships are open to all students, regardless of immigration status.


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  • All-USA Academic Team recognizes high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.
    • In order to participate and be considered by PCC as an All-USA Academic Team nominee you must submit your application by the PCC deadline of November 13, 2023 by 5pm, no exceptions.  Please note that PTK has a different deadline for submission that is after November 13, 2023 by 5pm.  However,  you will not be considered as a nominee if you submit after PCC's internal deadline. Additional eligibility details and PCC contact information can be found here
  • AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity as they enter the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of people into intensive service positions where they learn valuable skills, earn money for education, and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility.
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Green Valley (AZ) Branch is a national organization which for more than 130 years has worked to improve the lives of women and their families. Through their fundraising efforts they are able to provide scholarships to Pima students. The deadline for the Fall 2022 application is April 29, 2022.
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) Scholarship - The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), is strengthening the lodging industry by helping people build careers and improve their lives. Apply for their 2023-2024 scholarship by March 15, 2023!
  • Arizona Early Childhood Career and Professional Development Network serves as a resource to build Arizona's early education workforce and promote the early childhood professional development system. They provide resources and scholarships to improve the quality of early childhood care and education experiences for young children and their families.  Deadline: multiple awards with various deadlines.
  • Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) Scholarship empowers students to be the next generation of hotel and restaurant managers, tourism leaders and business owners in Arizona. The next scholarship round provides a $2,500 award to six students in Arizona schools. Qualifying majors include programs such as hotel and/or restaurant management, culinary arts, travel and tourism, sustainable tourism, and sports tourism. Deadline is April 22, 2023.
  • Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson's online grant application for nursing students. Applicants will need to register for the site. Once applicant register, they can apply for the Nursing Student Scholarships which are part of the St. Joseph Healthcare Endowment Fund. 
  • Catholic University of America (CUA) Scholarships are available to Pima students. Take advantage of a $3,000 scholarship starting Fall 2021 for the next four years. Pima Community College has partnered with The Catholic University of America to provide an affordable bachelor’s degree program for Southern Arizona. This new model for undergraduate learning provides internships with employers and allows you to realize your career potential while staying close to home. You will complete your Associate’s degree from PCC and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the CatholicU while staying in Southern Arizona. For questions contact Keiran at (620) 687-3912 or email rochek@cua.edu.
  • Delta Kappa Gamma - International Society for Key Women Educators Upsilon Chapter announces a $1000 Grant-in-aid in honor of Barbara Markert. The deadline is April 1, 2022. Click here to view the application details. 
  • Delta Kappa Gamma - International Society for Key Women Educators Upsilon Chapter announces a $1000 Grant-in-aid in honor of Margery Gene Gilbert. The deadline is April 1, 2022. Click here to view the application details. 
  • Earn to Learn combines scholarships, financial education and college success coahing to help low - and moderate-income students graduate from college with little or no student loan debt. 
  • Ford Auto Tech Scholarship provides $5,000 tuition scholarships to students pursuing careers in auto and auto/diesel technology. This need-based scholarship is applied to a student's tuition account and may be used for all cost of attendance including tuition, tools, living expenses and transportation. Before applying to this scholarship, you will be required to complete a TechForce provide (including a general application).
  • Foster Care to Success scholarships for foster youth, orphans, adoptees, and those in guardianship are awarded based on a combination of merit and need. Funding levels are determined based on cost of attendance and availability of other resources. Awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 per academic year and are renewable for up to five years provided the student remains eligible.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars is more than just a scholarship. GMS offers Gates Millennium Scholars with Academic Empowerment (ACE) services to encourage academic excellence; mentoring services for academic and personal development; and an online resource center that provides internship, fellowship and scholarship information.
  • JobPath partners with colleges and job-training centers to support students in two-year-or-less degree or certificate programs. JobPath provides financial support and so much more to get students across the finish line and into high-wage careers.
  • Los Charros Foundation ScholarshipsThe scholarships awarded each year vary from one-year scholarships to four-year scholarships depending on the student and the field of study they intend to pursue. For those with one or two-year scholarships, upon completing of their awarded scholarship, they can apply for a further scholarship towards finishing their education. Scholarships are awarded for four-year universities/colleges, community colleges and technical/trade schools or programs. The scholarship program is available to all students in rural areas that live in Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties. The application process begins in February each year and students applying for scholarships have until March 31st to submit their submissions. 
  • Nursing Scholarship from St. Joseph's Catholic Healthcare Endowment (Jane Robb Fund) - This opportunity is for Catholic students currently enrolled at Pima Community College/Division of Nursing or Arizona College of Nursing, leading to an Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree, Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse program. Scholarship Deadline is December 31, 2021.
  • Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce's Steve Engle Scholarship Application: The Oro Valley Chamber Foundation is happy to offer Pima Community College NW Campus’s graduating scholars and continuing education students, the opportunity to participate in the application process for a $1,500 2022 Steve Engle Memorial Scholarship.
    In past years, the Chamber has provided college scholarship assistance to students in Northwest Tucson through the Steve Engle Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund was created in memory of the late Mayor of Oro Valley, Steve Engle. The fund is supported by the Oro Valley Chamber Foundation’s continued efforts to raise money from donations received throughout the year. (http://www.orovalleychamber.com/foundation/).
  • Scholarships for Military Children Deadline: multiple awards with various deadlines. 
  • Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards provide qualified recipients in Tucson, Arizona awards that can range from $1,000 to $7,500 based on the applicant's need. Click here to download a flyer.
  • Spouses of Military Veterans Tuition Scholarship - The state of Arizona has established the Spouses of Military Veterans Tuition Scholarship in accordance to A.R.S. §15-1809 and appropriated funds to participating colleges and universities in the state of Arizona. The scholarship is a last dollar scholarship intended to cover all tuition and fees after all other gift aid has been issued to the student. If tuition is paid in full by other financial assistance considered gift aid then the Spouse of Military Veterans Tuition Scholarship will no longer apply as there will be no balance due. This is a non-refundable scholarship. Apply at pima.scholarshipuniverse.com.
  • The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona can provide qualifying applicants a one-time grant of up to $3000 who are pursuing technical or vocational education training. Students must be a legal resident of the state of Arizona and have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Deadline: Applications are being taken on an on-going basis.
  • The Women of Quail Creek's Women in Transition Scholarship is available to graduating high school senior girls who are continuing their education at college or a vocational school, scholarships are also awarded to Women in Transition (WIT) who are returning to college work or seeking additional training. Members of the Scholarship Team may participate in selection of either or both of these sub-groups of applicants, and/or become a mentor.
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