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icon badgeYavapai College Foundation has established 100+ student scholarships that could be based on one or more of the following:

  • Academic merit
  • Specific educational goals
  • Financial need
  • Other criteria defined by the scholarship donor

Students who complete the scholarship application will automatically be considered for all of the scholarships for which they meet the minimum qualifications.

What is the difference between Grants, Scholarships and Loans?

Yavapai College Scholarships

To apply, you must have already applied for admission to Yavapai College and your FAFSA application must have been received (usually 5 - 7 days after you complete the FAFSA application.)

How/When to Access the Scholarship Application:

Scholarship applications are available by logging into the YC Website using the myYC Login button. Go to My AccountMy Financial Aid. Click on and complete the “Scholarship application”.

Typically, the upcoming academic year and Fall only scholarship application are available starting December 1st of the preceding year (i.e. December 1, 2022 for 2023-2034 academic year and Fall 2023 only applications.)

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Current Financial Aid changes caused by the FAFSA simplification and the Future Act has resulted in a delay to launching the 24-25 YC Scholarship application. The application will be released in spring 2024."

Fall / Full Academic Year Application Deadlines:

The priority deadline for the Fall scholarship application is March 1 of the same year (i.e. March 1, 2023 for Fall 2023.)

Final deadline for the upcoming academic year or for the Fall only applications is May 15 of the same year (i.e. May 15, 2023 for the upcoming academic year or Fall semester.) Any applications received after May 15th will automatically be reviewed for a Spring only scholarship for the following spring. 


Spring only Deadlines:

The priority deadline for the Spring only scholarship application is November 1st of the preceding year (i.e. Nov 1, 2022 for Spring 2023.)

Final Spring only application deadline is November 30th of the preceding year (i.e. Nov 1, 2022 for Spring 2023 semester.)

Tribal Scholarship Resources

Native American students interested in applying for tribal scholarships must complete a FAFSA and be awarded eligible federal financial aid. Students must also complete all of their tribal scholarship requirements. Grant applications are only available from the education officer of the tribe in which you are affiliated or possess membership. Please call your tribe for more information (see list of Tribal Addresses below under Additional Resources).

The following documents are required by most tribal scholarship offices:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Tribal Financial Need Analysis (FNA)
  • Letter of admission for new students
  • Verification of enrollment for continuing students
  • Certificate of Indian blood

BIE Higher Ed Grant Program Scholarship Information Packet

Tribal Addresses

Bureau of Indian Education Scholarship Opportunities

American Indian College Fund

Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid


What information should I include in my essays?

It should be well organized, grammatically correct, spellchecked, and no more than 500 words. Things to highlight might be:

  • The motivational reason you are pursuing your chosen degree or certificate (make sure to expand on this topic and not just state the degree/certificate you are pursuing)
  • Experience as a first-generation college student, single parent or caregiver for a disabled child, parent or spouse
  • Overcoming a learning disability or physical/health challenges
  • Service to our country as a military veteran, reservist or National Guardsman
  • Description of volunteer and community activities

Am I scholarship material?

Anyone can be scholarship material. YC has many different scholarships with various qualifications, however, more scholarships tend to go to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Who makes scholarship decisions?

Scholarship award decisions are made by the Yavapai College Scholarship Committee.

When are scholarship decisions made?

Scholarship decisions are made 3 to 4 weeks after the deadline. The Scholarship Committee needs sufficient time to carefully review each application.

Will I be notified if I don't receive a scholarship?

All applicants are notified via email whether or not they are selected to receive a scholarship. Please make sure to check your YC email.

Why didn't I receive a scholarship?

Supply and demand does not afford the ability to grant each applicant a scholarship.

Scholarship Criteria

The criteria for most outside scholarships fall into just a few categories: field of study, grade point average, test scores, financial need and group membership. Some scholarships are awarded based on a combination of criteria. Even if you do not have outstanding grades or significant financial need, don't let that stop you from researching and applying for scholarships.

Scholarship Documentation

Each Scholarship donor may require different documents to apply for their scholarship. Assemble the most common documents in advance to speed the application process. These may include:


Every attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of this information. However, before applying for any scholarship, verify the criteria, application requirements and deadline information directly with the sponsoring agency. Yavapai College is not liable for errors or omissions.

General Scholarship Tips

Establish a system for gathering and organizing all of your scholarship search paperwork: applications, recommendations, essays, test scores, transcripts.

When writing your essay understand the purpose of the writing and the motivation of those asking. Create goals for the writing, develop a theme, outline your response.

Asking for letters of recommendation:

  • Provide all requested information.
  • Whenever possible, ask one person to write 1 letter that can be sent with multiple scholarship applications.
  • Provide a copy of your essay.
  • Give your letter writers as much time as possible.
  • Provide a list of recommendations
  • Check in with your letter writer at some point in the process to be sure he or she has everything needed.
  • Be sure to ask that the writer use official letterhead if possible.
  • After you receive the letter, write a note of appreciation.

Learn more scholarship tips here