Scholarships are usually awarded on various criteria reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award, and requirements to win scholarships vary as widely as the purposes of the award -- whether it honors your ancestry or your desired career.
Aside from state-provided grants and merit scholarships from the schools themselves, millions of dollars worth of private scholarships in Phoenix can be found on Fastweb.com. Simply register for Fastweb, complete your profile, and be matched instantly with scholarships (or occasional internships) unique to your situation.
Here's just a sample of the awards pertinent to Phoenix students and accessible from Fastweb:
Crowell Endowment Scholarship – Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation
The Crowell Endowment Scholarship is open to women 20 years or older who are returning to school to acquire better job opportunities. You must be attending a school in Maricopa County to qualify for this award.
Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship – American Quarter Horse Foundation
The Arizona Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship is available to current and former members of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association who are from Arizona. You must be a high school senior or a student enrolled at an accredited college, university or vocational school. You must also have at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.
Jane Haynes Scholarship – Arizona Herb Association
The Jane Haynes Scholarship is open to students pursuing fields related to the use and culture of herbs. You must be one of the following to qualify for this award: a second semester student at the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Arts Program or a third or fourth-year student at Arizona State University's Urban Horticulture Program.
Seed Trade Association of Arizona Scholarship – Seed Trade Association of Arizona
The Seed Trade Association of Arizona Scholarship is open to juniors and seniors enrolled in a college or university in Arizona. You must be an Arizona resident and a graduate of an Arizona high school. You must also be majoring in plant sciences, agriculture technology management, or crop production to qualify for this award.
Scott Dominguez – Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship – American Society of Safety Engineers
The Scott Dominguez - Craters of the Moon Chapter Scholarship is available to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field. Priority is given to students who reside within the Craters of the Moon Chapter, Idaho, or Region II (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico). Priority will also be given to the following individuals: employees or dependents of a sponsoring organization, active or honorably discharged armed services personnel, past members of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, 4H, etc., recipients of awards from service organizations, and students who have provided volunteer service to an ASSE chapter in a leadership role.
Adelaide Ryerson Smith Memorial Award – American Occupational Therapy Foundation
The Adelaide Ryerson Smith Memorial Award is available to students currently enrolled in an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant program in Arizona. You must be a resident of Arizona and member of the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association, demonstrate financial need, and have a record of scholastic achievement to be considered for this award.
To find more scholarships that are a fit for your interests and experience, visit Fastweb.com.