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Honors Scholarships

Awards and Scholarships

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)-awarded scholarships require you to have lawful presence in the United States. Students must complete the Student Declaration Form and submit an approved HB2008 citizenship document to the registration department to be eligible (AZ driver's license, U.S. Passport or birth certificate).

Honors Achievement Award

The Honors Achievement Award (HAA) is granted in recognition of a student’s efforts during each semester they participate in the Honors Program. The award amount ranges from $244 to $500, depending on how many college credits within the MCCCD are successfully completed during the current semester. Students may only participate in the Honors Program at one college at a time.

Scholarship Award Amounts

$500 for 12+ credit hours a semester

$325 for 9 - 11 credit hours a semester

$244 for 6 - 8 credit hours a semester

To be eligible to apply for the HAA, students must meet the following criteria

  • Have lawful residence in the United States
  • Have completed 12 college-level credits within the MCCCD
  • Have a cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Plan to enroll in at least one Honors Course

Do you meet those requirements?

Apply for the Honors Achievement Award

Requirements

After students are accepted for the HAA, the following are required to receive the award funds:

  • Successful completion of six or more credits in college-level courses and the HONORS100-00HAA non-credit course
  • Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of at least one three-credit Honors course
  • Cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher and completion of one co-curricular activity by the end of the semester
  • Good standing status with Rio Salado College

Students must reapply for the HAA scholarship each semester.
It may take 1-2 weeks to process your Honors Program application. We will verify your eligibility and then contact you via email. If you are not eligible at the time that you apply, we will send you an email explaining the reason and letting you know if there is anything you need to do to become eligible.

HAA Funding

  • You must pay for all courses up front or establish a payment plan before the due date listed on your statement.
  • Funds are requested after you have completed all courses each semester. The number of successfully completed college-level credits determines your award amount.

Note: Even if you fulfilled the HB2008 requirement, you may not be eligible for a Refund. If you received a federal financial aid package that has maxed out your Cost of Attendance, you will receive your Honors Achievement Award by a reduction in your unsubsidized loan package.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded each year and covers one year of full in-county tuition, up to 18 credits per semester, fees and $250 for books/supplies. This award cannot be held concurrently with any other Honors scholarship. Students must take at least 12 credit hours per fall and spring semester to receive this scholarship.

The application process begins in February of each year. Scholarship recipients are notified in April. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following criteria, in addition to lawful presence and in-county residency:

  • Current Honors Achievement Award student
  • Cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Plan to enroll full-time during the upcoming fall and spring semesters

Apply for Chancellor's Scholarship

Requirements

If you are awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship, the following is required both semesters:

  • Full-time enrollment for the duration of the scholarship and a maintained MCCCD cumulative 3.25 or higher GPA
  • Successful completion of at least 12 credit hours each semester, including at least one 3-credit Honors course
  • Completion of two co-curricular activities and remain in good standing with Rio Salado
  • Successfully complete the HONORS100-00PHS non-credit course

Foundation Scholarship

Rio Salado awards the Foundation Scholarship of up to $1,000 each year to one student or $500 per year to two students in addition to the Honors Achievement Award (HAA) funds. The application process begins in February, and scholarship recipients are notified in April. 

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria, in addition to maintaining lawful presence and in-county residency:

  • Current HAA student
  • Cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Plan to enroll full-time during the fall and spring

Requirements

After students are awarded the Foundation Scholarship, the following are required each semester:

  • Full-time enrollment for the duration of the scholarship and remain in good standing with Rio Salado College
  • Successful completion of at least 12 credit hours each semester, including at least one 3-credit Honors course
  • Cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher and completion of one co-curricular activity
  • Successful completion of HONORS100-00HAA non-credit course

Foundation Scholarship funds are awarded at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.