The Positive Paths Scholarship Program assists East Valley women who are returning to school to improve their lives and enhance their career opportunities by way of obtaining appropriate education and training. Many of the recipients will have overcome major obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, death of a spouse, loss of a job, illness of family members, issues with children, or other challenges. Recipients can use the award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain a post- secondary credential that leads to stable employment opportunities, including tuition, fees, books, gas, childcare, and other expenses. Scholarship amounts will vary based on individual needs, up to a maximum of $1000 per semester, and can be given for a maximum of eight semesters, for women who continue to meet the criteria.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must:
  • Be female.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a resident of an East Valley community at time of application and continuously while funded. For the purposes of this program the East Valley consists of Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, and unincorporated areas within these community boundaries.
  • Be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program, a community college associate’s degree program, or a bachelor’s degree program at an Arizona public university.
    • Awards will be given for use at public institutions such as the community colleges, the state universities, and adult education programs offered through public school districts. Positive Paths is currently not funding students who wish to pursue their work at private institutions or for-profit institutions.
    • Awards will be made only to students seeking certificates or degrees. This program does not pertain to those who wish to take special interest courses or coursework not related to certificate or degree completion.
    • Awards may also be given to students who do not yet have a high school diploma and wish to pursue their GED. Note that not having a high school diploma or GED will prohibit an applicant from receiving federal financial aid, but we still ask those applicants to demonstrate financial need via completion of the FAFSA form.
  • Show aptitude or the promise for success. Recipients may plan to attend school full-time or part- time, but, if selected for an award, must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Positive Paths Scholarship Committee that they have a viable plan for certificate or degree completion.
Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, or national origin.