College Scholarships

Could you benefit from a scholarship for college?
Are you active in your community?
Will you be studying in Arizona?

The Desert Schools Community Service Scholarship rewards students who have dedicated exceptional time and effort serving their communities and who plan to continue this dedication into the future. Desert Schools will award a limited number of scholarships valued from $2,500 to $10,000 to high school seniors and college freshmen provided that applicants meet the criteria below.


Community Service Criteria

Getting involved in your local community by volunteering your time, skills, and positive energy helps create vibrant communities. It implies a selfless act of kindness that helps those less fortunate, but can also be interpreted as being for the “Higher Good” – that is, the service provided goes beyond the selfish needs, desires or interests of the individual who performs it. However, students applying for this scholarship should understand that we are looking for community service that goes beyond simply volunteering, to those activities which are transforming communities. For details on qualified community service, download an application.


Application Checklist

All of the following must be submitted together and on time. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

  • Complete Student Application
  • Community Service Verification Form
  • Community Service Essay Form
  • Financial Need Form
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or school representative
  • Official academic transcripts (including grading scale)

Deadline for Application Submission

The application packet, including all supplemental documentation, should be mailed and postmarked by March 4, 2014. Desert Schools is not responsible for lost or misplaced items.

    Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
    Attn: Scholarship Program
    PO Box 2945
    Phoenix, AZ 85062-2945


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Desert Schools employees and their immediate family members are ineligible for scholarships.

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