If you wish to attend college in the state of Arizona then to help you out financially you owe it to yourself to find out what grants are available for you to apply for. Here we look at what grants in Arizona for 2012 await you in this state:
Postsecondary Education Grant (PEG): This is a state-funded grant that is not based on financial need but instead is open to all students in the state of Arizona. The goal behind it is to encourage as many students as possible to study for and complete a baccalaureate program. The maximum amount of money that any student can obtain from this grant program is $2000 per year. This grant can be reapplied for up to a period of four years. The student has five years to complete their degree. If the degree is not earned within a five year time period then the student is expected by law to repay the money.
Private Postsecondary Education Student Grant Assistance Program: This grant program is based on the financial needs of students and is suitable for those individuals who wish to attend a private university in the state. The maximum of money that a student can qualify for in regards to this grant is $2000 given out over a two year period. This grant program is for students who are taking a course of study that will take no longer than three years. If a degree is not earned within a three year time span then the money must be paid back to the government.
Early Graduation Scholarship Grant (EGSG): This grant program is a combination grant/scholarship and is for Arizona residents who are currently still attending high school. The grant was created to encourage students to finish high school early and to pursue higher learning. If the student decides to finish high school one semester early and then enroll in a state college he or she is eligible to receive $1500 that is paid over the course of two years of study. If the student is even more ambitious and decides to graduate from high school a year early then he or she is eligible to receive $2000 over the span of two years.
Additional Arizona School Grants
Artist Project Grant
The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced the launch of the 2010-2011 Artist Project Grant program. This grant is very competitive but is also prestigious. It offers artists that are practicing in a selection of disciplines the opportunity to apply for funding that can support both the development as well as the research for new works of art.
The Arts Commission in the state of Arizona is very dedicated to supporting its artists through the grant programs it makes available. This grant program has been around for 20 years but has been enhanced and improved upon greatly in the past few years. The Artist Project Grant has been credited with making it possible for many artists to take their careers to the next level in terms of the creative products they have to offer. Due to their work with the communities artists stimulate local economies and by so doing improve the quality of life that is enjoyed in the state of Arizona.
Due to budget restrictions in the state the grant funds are 60 percent less than they were two years ago. However the number of applicants continues to rise. An estimated 200 applications are received on a yearly basis. Funding is available for up to five grant awards. Due to the popularity of the Artist Project Grant the Arts Commission has created three new opportunities to help maximize the effectiveness of the awards.
Grants for the Elderly
In Arizona grants that range up to $900,000 annually have been allocated to help pay for legal assistance that is needed by the elderly population in the state. This is a foundation grant that seeks to enhance the cost effectiveness, the accessibility and the quality of legal assistance and elder rights protection that is available to older individuals who have economic and/or social needs that would not be met any other way. The deadline to apply for a grant to provide legal assistance to the elderly is March 28, 2011.
Grants for Low Income Individuals
The government has created grants to facilitate homeownership for low income individuals. These grants total over $26 million and they make it possible for low income earners to have access to fair housing opportunities. The goal of this grant program is to help those in need to be able to buy a home. The funds from this grant can be used for the acquisition of a house, the acquisition of land or the installation or improvement of the infrastructure of a dwelling. The deadline to apply for this grant is March 30, 2011.
There are a variety of school grants in Arizona and scholarships available to residents of Arizona who are undergraduate students and graduate students.
The Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program offers in excess of 3,000 awards each year of up to $2,500 per student to residents of Arizona who want to attend post secondary studies at eligible academic institutions in Arizona. Students are advised to contact their financial aid officer at their school. The LEAP grant is based on financial need, and it is renewable. The LEAP award is open to all majors and to high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students, and PhD students. However, you must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent resident to be eligible to receive the LEAP award. The application form deadline is April 30th of each academic year.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts offers grants for organizations and schools. The online application deadline is March 18th of each year, except some grant programs have a letter of intent online deadline of Feb. 26th of each year. The Arizona Commission on the Arts gives out grants that allow schools, organizations, and community groups to bring arts experiences to the community in Arizona. The Arizona Commission of the Arts uses the Electronic Grants Online Resource (EGOR) to collect grant applications from arts organizations, schools, and community groups. There are several Guide to Grants documents in PDF format at the website. If you need a guide to grant document other than in PDF format, then you can get one from the Arizona Commission on Arts.
The American Society of Travel Agents offers a $1,500 scholarship for the dependent of an employee of the American Society of Travel Agents with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who is a resident of Arizona. You must be attending or planning to attend a college or university in Arizona to receive the Arizona Chapter Dependent/Employee Membership Scholarship .
The Arizona Chapter Gold Scholarship has available a minimum award amount of $3,000. for college undergraduates who are residents of Arizona and planning to get a travel or tourism degree at a four-year Arizona college or university. To apply, you must be in your second year, and you must submit an essay on career plans. You can get an application from their website , You must have at least a 2.5GPA, and you must be a U.S. Citizen. You must be an employee or relative of an employee within the career field of travel and tourism.
The Anne Lindeman Memorial Scholarship is for juniors or seniors in Arizona who are pursuing a degree in Education, Social Sciences, or Health Sciences at selected Arizona Universities. The award amount is $1,000, and three awards are given annually.
In summary, don’t overlook the available opportunities in Arizona for various grants and scholarships that are available to students. You may be the next student to receive money towards your education.