There are multiple opportunities for you to grow at Boys & Girls Clubs. Take a look at our different scholarship opportunities specifically for you!
- All clubs offer volunteering opportunities/ community service that a teens can use when applying for scholarships
- Club Teens can receive additional college access support such as: applying for FAFSA, applying for scholarships, understanding college admission, etc.
- BGCAZ offers several post-secondary education scholarships
- BGCAZ offers club teens with career exposure and professional contacts that help them grow in to the career.
- Club teens can explore what post-secondary education pathway is a best fit for him/her (community college, 4-year university, trade/technical program)
2. StrataTech Offers RSI Scholarships
StrataTech offers RSI scholarships to BGCAZ Teens and Parents
StrataTech Education Group will award a total of four $5,000 scholarships - two of the scholarships will be designated for RSI’s HVAC program and the other two will be designated for RSI’s welding program.
Additionally, one $10,000 scholarship will go to a female student to support women in the trades.
Eligible students must be a 2022 or 2023 high school graduate, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and an active participant in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley OR the parent of a member.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration and the forms can be downloaded here. For more information, RSI can speak to applicants about the scholarship program by calling (888) 671-5803.
3. Skilled Trade Education Program Scholarship Fund (S.T.E.P.)
This scholarship is to assist underserved teens interested in Skilled Trades as a career with the cost of (tuition, books, and tools). Scholarship funds will be granted twice a year, one scholarship in the summer and one scholarship in the fall. The first year will focus on the areas of Automotive, Electrical, and Apartment Maintenance. AZYouthforce will take in consideration other trades based on cost and additional financial aid resources.
Why the establishment of a Skilled Trades Scholarship Program is Important to the Bloss Family
The neighborhood my wife and I grew up in consisted mainly of factory workers, mom and pop small businesses, etc; the typical blue-collar environment. Both of our fathers lost their jobs when the Studebaker Auto plant closed it’s doors in the mid 60’s. This not only devastated our families but the entire community as well.
Not having any technical skills to fall back on, they both took jobs that paid the bills, but not much more. They were the fortunate ones.
We decided to establish this AZYouthForce Skilled Trades Scholarship fund because we believe that having a skilled trade capability is vital for a person’s long-term financial stability, especially for those teens that don’t see themselves succeeding in a 4-year college degree environment. With a background in a sought-after trade, a young person has the opportunity for a meaningful future, full of promise, success and personal accomplishment that will last a lifetime.
- HS Seniors or graduating within the application year
- High School Diploma or GED
- Complete an AZYF internship
- Apply for FAFSA (if available at the chosen institution)
- Male or Female
- Financial need statement
- Unofficial transcripts GPA 2.0
- One letter recommendation
- Applicants will use Pell Grant first then
- Scholarship amount $3000 up to $5000
depending on FAFSA
- Interested applicants must submit application, which includes financial need statement and letter of recommendation.
- AZYF team along with other staff members will review application and recommend the candidate to receive scholarship
- AZYF staff member will remain in touch with student during the training to provide support
4. Renee Parsons Scholarship
This award recognizes a young woman that demonstrates leadership qualities in collaboration, assertiveness, exhibits empathy, displays outstanding academics, and shows motivation.
- 1st place winner can receive a scholarship valued up to $80K ($10K per semester)
- 2nd place winner can receive a scholarship valued up to $40K ($5K per semester)
- Be an active Club member, volunteer or AZYouthforce participant (Club membership will be verified)
- Be a Junior or Senior in high school (2023-2024 academic year)
- Must have a GPA 2.8 or higher
- A current, complete transcript of grades must be uploaded with your application
2 letters of recommendation- must be from someone that has known you for 3+ years that is not a family member (may not be from the same person submitting the nomination)
Club nomination letter from a BGCAZ staff member
- Demonstrate financial need
- This application is powered by Google forms; you will need to sign-in into your Gmail account; If you do not have one you will need to create one
- Applicants will be allowed only one submission - you will not be allowed to edit your response after your application is submitted
- Applicants will receive a copy of application
Applications open August 1st at 10:00AM MST and will close September 30th at 11:59PM MST.