New Start Friends & Alumni Scholarships

2020 New Start Friends & Alumni Scholarship

The New Start Friends & Alumni Scholarship Fund was created with the goal of providing financial assistance for incoming University of Arizona freshmen to attend the New Start Summer Program. Each year, the fund is made available through the generous donations of friends and alumni of the program, as well as community foundation grants, to support students who are not eligible to receive financial assistance through the federal Pell grant but still have demonstrable financial need.

The number and amount of each scholarship award varies based on the amount collected each year. Recipients of this scholarship will have funds applied directly to their University Bursar’s account by the beginning of the program. This scholarship can only be applied towards New Start tuition and fees. It is not a cash award and cannot be applied towards other cost-of-living expenses. Students who are receiving a federal Pell grant for Summer 2020 are not eligible for consideration as their programs costs are covered by the Pell Promise.


In order to be considered, an applicant must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  1. Be accepted and enrolled in the University of Arizona’s New Start Summer Program;
  1. Have a completed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSA on file with the University of Arizona by the time of scholarship review and have been determined to be ineligible to receive a federal Pell grant (EFC greater than 4900 on the 2019-2020 FAFSA);
  1. Have demonstrable financial need for which assistance is required to attend;
  1. Provide a complete and accurate application. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 


The following must be submitted to the New Start program office by Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00pm Arizona time:

   1. New Start Friends & Alumni Scholarship application (see page 3).

  1. Personal Statement, written by the applicant, addressing how attending New Start will contribute to achieving their goals at the University of Arizona (500 words or fewer).
  1. Financial Statement (200 words or fewer) detailing current financial need. In particular, please make note of any recent changes or situations that make your 2019-2020 FAFSA not be reflective of your current situation.


The window to apply for the Friends and Alumni Scholarship has now closed (as of Friday, May 22.) Thank you!      

Application materials can be faxed to 520-621-3799 or scanned and emailed to AND


If you are a donor and are interested in contributing to the New Start Friends & Alumni Scholarship Fund, please visit the Donate page