Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Welcome to the JAG Scholarship & Financial Aid Hub! The Hub is a centralized location for JAG students to find financial aid resources and various scholarship opportunities.  Be sure to review individual scholarship opportunity criteria and deadlines. 
Download the latest JAG Scholarship Guide below for MORE SCHOLARSHIPS!
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The 2024–25 form is now open! 
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Featured Scholarships

Kenneth M. Smith Scholarships

Ken Smith and Graciela Garcia Candia
The Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund and the Smith Scholars Program were established by the JAG Board to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of JAG, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith. Since 2009, the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund has awarded 269 scholarships for a total of $341,000 for participants enrolled in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Contributions to the KMS Scholarship Fund has come from JAG Board members and partnering corporations who invest in the educational development of students in JAG. 

Scholarships are awarded to JAG high school seniors in pursuit of a postsecondary degree or certificate, including: a public or private two-year community college, technical college, public or private four-year college/university, or an apprenticeship or trade school. Scholarships are also awarded to previous Smith Scholars who apply and are accepted for a follow-up scholarship to continue pursuit of a postsecondary degree or certificate.

Please Note: Kenneth M. Smith Scholarships are not yet available. Students will need to Register in Headrush to apply.
Smith Scholars JAG National
Ken Smith Scholars
Funded by JAG National
Established in recognition of the leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of JAG, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith Scholarships are awarded to JAG participants in pursuit of a postsecondary degree or certificate. 
Open: March 1st - 25th, 2024
Students must  Register in Headrush to complete the application for this scholarship. 

Scholarship Guidelines
Kenneth M. Smith Scholarships
Funded by JAG National
Established in recognition of the leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of JAG, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith Scholarships are awarded to JAG participants in pursuit of a postsecondary degree or certificate.
Open: March 1st - 25th, 2024
Students must  Register in Headrush to complete the application for this scholarship. 

Scholarship Guidelines

Dougherty Foundation Scholarships

The Dougherty Foundation is a private foundation that awards college scholarships to deserving Arizona students. To apply for any Dougherty Foundation scholarship, please register on the Dougherty Foundation Portal. You will be required to submit a recent and your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA completed this year.

To apply for the Candia and Warner scholarships, students must complete the Dougherty application first and note they are part of JAG.

Click Here to Visit the Dougherty Foundation Portal

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Unmet Financial Need As Determined by Federal Guidelines (FAFSA)
  • Attend a partner school (see link below) 
  • Schools must be in-state
  • Arizona Resident
  • Full-Time Student Status (4-Year university) or 6 Credit Hours (Community College)
  • Additional criteria may be required by individual scholarships
Carolyn Warner Legacy Award
Endowed by the Family and Friends of Carolyn Warner
Founder of Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG), Carolyn Warner established a great legacy of supporting the career and education goals of youth, particularly those pursuing technical education and certificate pathways.
Deadline Extended: April 1, 2024 
Students must register and complete the Dougherty Application to apply for this scholarship. 

Dougherty Foundation
Graciela Garcia Candia Philanthropy Scholarship
Funded by the Candia Family
This scholarship award is designed to support a student who demonstrates that same spirit of philanthropy and plans to continue to do so through college and beyond.
Deadline Extended: April 1, 2024
Students must register and complete the Dougherty Application to apply for this scholarship. 

Dougherty Foundation

VIDEO: HOW TO APPLY FOR A DOUGHERTY SCHOLARSHIP

Joyce Medina Harper, Executive Director of the Dougherty Foundation shares some tips and tricks for applying for a Dougherty Scholarship. 
If you have questions about these eligibility criteria or the Dougherty Application, please contact Joyce Medina Harper at 602-264-7478 or Email: joyce@doughertyfoundation.com

Partner Scholarships

DR. ORANTÉ JENKINS LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
DR. ORANTÉ JENKINS LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Dr. Oranté Jenkins Leadership in Education Scholarship was established by Ironwood Ridge High School Principal and Arizona JAG Board member, Dr. Oranté Jenkins and his family
in 2012. 
Deadline:  March 15, 2024

ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This helpful tutorial explores the ACF scholarship process to help you prepare and apply.
The Arizona Community Foundation allows high school seniors and current college students throughout Arizona to apply for more than 100 scholarship awards online in one application.
How to apply in the new ACF scholarship application portal

The Arizona Community Foundation has transitioned to a new system to collect, review, and award scholarships. All of the scholarship opportunities use this system, which means all applicants must create a new account. 
ACF Website

Additional Scholarship Resources

Looking for more scholarships? Check out these external resources for additional scholarships.
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Aliento Scholarships
Scholarships for DACA or Undocumented Students.
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Arizona Promise Program
Financial assistance for students whose federal Pell grants or other financial aid don’t cover the cost of college tuition and fees.
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American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students.
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College Depot
College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Scholarships A-Z
Scholarships A-Z began as a list of scholarships for immigrant students (DACA and/or Undocumented students).
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TheDream.US
"Helping undocumented students across the U.S. fulfill their college and career dreams—because nothing should stand in your way of a college education."
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BigFuture College Board
Large scholarship database. Explore scholarship opportunities by the College Board.
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Immigrants Rising
Scholarships that do not require proof of U.S Citizenship. The list has general application eligibility requirements.
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AZ Tax Credit Funds
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3320 W. Cheryl Dr., Suite B220 Phoenix, AZ 85051
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