Scholarship Application


The Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship is funded by the corporate sponsors of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, along with the educational partnership of Community Celebrating Diversity and the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Under this program, the community collaborative scholarship sponsors scholarships to high school graduates who show promise of continued excellence in an effort to recognize and promote student excellence and achievement. These scholarships are for study at post-secondary institutions of higher education in Arizona. By promoting student excellence and achievement, the Scottsdale Collaborative Scholarship supports Arizona’s educational content standards as well as national educational goals. Student recipients under this program are known as “Community Scholars”.


The scholarships can be utilized for the “cost of attendance” at any postsecondary institution of higher education in Arizona. Postsecondary defined as two-year college, technical, vocational or 4-year university. Awards will be granted on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated community service, financial need and an essay on a diversity-related topic.


The collaborative established the Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship selection criteria and procedural process for selection of “Community Scholars”. The selection criteria and procedures are designed to ensure that all eligible students receive consideration without regards to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation or economic background.

The following selection criteria are utilized in identifying “Community Scholars”:

  • The eligible student must be a full-time resident of Arizona and has community involvement in Scottsdale.
  • The eligible student must be a U.S. citizen, or provide evidence that he or she is a permanent resident of the United States.
  • The eligible student must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Each prospective “Community scholar” must have been accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an institution of higher education in Arizona before receiving the scholarship funds.


The eligible student must submit the Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship application as well as provide a brief oral presentation of the content to receive consideration for a scholarship. Please have the following information ready before filling out the form below:

  • Student application filled out below, including current involvement with the City of Scottsdale community, leadership activities, honors and awards.
  • An essay focusing on how your leadership and community service has had a positive impact on fostering diversity within the Scottsdale community (Accepted file formats are doc, docx, pdf and txt)
  • Official transcript (Accepted file formats are pdf, png, gif, jpg, doc, docx, txt)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Accepted file formats are doc, docx, pdf and txt)


Finalists will be notified for interviews and will be scheduled for a presentation on their essays. Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive basis using a combination of criteria, including financial need, community service involvement, academic performance, leadership and essay. Award recipients will be honored as part of a recognition ceremony to be scheduled at a later date. Recipients will also be recognized at the following year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner celebration held in January.