EAC Academic and Donated Scholarships


Eastern Arizona College offers various types of academic and donated scholarships. The application for these scholarships opens October 1 each academic year. Academic scholarships are primarily awarded based on academic excellence and/or financial need. As a matter of official policy, the Scholarship Office has the right and obligation to discontinue any award made by or through the College upon receipt of verified evidence that a recipient of such an award has, either on the campus or in the community, demonstrated citizenship incompatible with standards of the College. This policy applies to all varieties of aid including academic, music, athletic, or other scholarships.

New and returning full-time students may submit one (1) scholarship application per academic year.

These types of scholarships are primarily awarded based on criteria such as:

  • Academic excellence
  • Financial need
  • On-campus residence
  • Enrollment in a specific major
  • Other criteria designated by private donors
There are two (2) priority deadlines for submission of applications:


December 31:

Deadline for consideration of donated scholarships. (Students who apply by December 31 are also considered for institutionally funded academic scholarships and have the greatest chance of being selected for one or both types of scholarship.)

March 1:

Deadline for consideration of institutionally funded academic scholarships. Students must be admitted to Eastern Arizona College and submit a current FAFSA application for scholarship consideration.



If you have already graduated from high school and are a current EAC student: You’re finished – no transcript is required.

If you are a current high school student, a recent high school graduate without college experience, or a transfer student from another college: Please send an official transcript from your most recent school to: Eastern Arizona College; Attn: Records Office; 615 N Stadium Avenue; Thatcher, AZ 85552. Official transcripts must come directly from the high school or previous college.

To defer an existing scholarship:

Scholarships may be deferred for different reasons: military service, church mission, or other reasons. To request a scholarship deferral, please complete this Scholarship Deferral Request.

To extend an existing scholarship:

In some instances, scholarships can be extended by one semester.  To request a one-semester extension, please complete this Scholarship Extension Request.

Other Types of EAC Scholarships



Athletic Scholarships are determined by the coaching staff of each sport. Please contact EAC coaches directly.


Performing Arts

Performing Art Scholarships are determined by the director of each performing art group. For more information please contact Dr. Gideon Burrows by email gideon.burrows@eac.edu or phone (928) 428-8464.

2023 Music Scholarship Audition Registration Form



The following private application links are for scholarships funded by groups or organizations providing scholarships specifically to Eastern Arizona College students.

Arizona Community Foundation

The ACF administers hundreds of scholarships including some intended specifically for Eastern Arizona College students. Students may apply for all ACF scholarships with one online application at https://www.azfoundation.org/Scholarships/Scholarship-Opportunities .

Dougherty Foundation

The Dougherty Foundation awards 5-10 scholarships per year for EAC.


Other Funding Sources

These organizations may have additional resources to help fund college expenses. These organizations are not funded or employed by the Graham County Community College district.

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)

State and local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding may be available in your area based on financial need, job lay off, and availability.

To begin the application process, students must meet these minimum requirements to apply:

  • Be an American Citizen or Resident Alien
  • Have proof of current FAFSA application
  • Meet income or lay off guidelines.
Contact your local WIOA Office:
Graham County                                          Greenlee County
ARIZONA@WORK                                      ARIZONA@WORK                    
626 S. 6th Ave.                                                558 N. Coronado Blvd.
Safford, AZ 85546                                       Clifton, AZ 85533
(928) 432-6932                                            (928) 439-4632

For all areas outside of Graham or Greenlee County, please contact your local WIOA office.



Students and parents are often in desperate need of financial resources to help pay for college, making them likely targets for scholarship scams. A wave of advertising has swept the nation and even the local area with offers to find scholarships . . . for a fee. Some of these companies are legitimate, but many are rip-offs. A few things to keep in mind are:

  • Application fees: If there is a fee, even an innocuously low fee of $2 or $5, it is probably a scam.
  • Masquerading as a federal agency: Many companies will adopt names like “National Science Federation”, or “National Science Program” to sound more legitimate.
  • Guarantees: Any guarantee that you will “win a scholarship” or that they “will refund your money if you don’t get a scholarship” is probably a scam.
  • Outlandish claims: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t be fooled by claims that “There are billions of dollars going unclaimed because no one has applied”.

Rather than subjecting yourself to an expensive and possibly futile process, the Financial Aid Office recommends one of the searches listed above.