I am an Arizona High School Senior

The Dorrance Scholarship for first-generation 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. Scholarships are renewed based on academic standing, participation in program events and activities and community service projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants meet all of the following criteria:

  • Seniors in good standing who will graduate from an accredited
    Arizona high school and enter the university as a college freshmen
  • Arizona resident
  • First generation to attend college (neither parent/step-parent, living or
    deceased, or legal guardian holds a four year degree from any country)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (weighted or unweighted)
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1110 OR composite ACT score
    of 22 (excluding writing score in both instances)
  • Admitted to one of Arizona’s three residential public universities
    (Arizona State University-Tempe, Northern Arizona University-
    Flagstaff, University of Arizona-Tucson)
  • Demonstrated financial need (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
  • Demonstrated leadership and volunteer service
  • Agree to participate in all aspects of the scholarship program (See Program At A Glance)…MUST be able to travel internationally
  • Signed Scholar Participation Agreement
  • Reside on campus freshman and sophomore year
  • Successfully complete the Dorrance Summer Bridge Program in Flagstaff, AZ, TBD


Up to $12,000 annually, renewable. No more than 8 semesters (four years) of funding will be provided. Up to thirty awards will be made each year. Awards will be announced no later than May 1st.


  • $12,000 per year
  • 8 semesters of funding
  • Summer Bridge experience
  • Innovation experience
  • International travel
  • Dorrance advisor
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Community outreach opportunities
  • Tutoring and mentoring


  • Attend all Program events, meetings and summer experiences
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 12 units per semester
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
  • Reside on campus freshman and sophomore year
  • Update FAFSA annually
  • Determined to be in good standing and eligible for continuation at the post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrated participation in 40 hours of volunteer service each academic year
  • Submit a year-end report by May 1st
  • Meet the terms and conditions of the Scholar Participation Agreement
  • In addition to any other terms and conditions, the number and amount of all scholarship awards and renewals is contingent on the availability of funding