The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) of Yavapai County and Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona welcome local community groups to participate in annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Nights. Sponsored by Yavapai College, each of the two events will provide opportunities for area students, families and local educators to learn more about the many post-secondary scholarships that are available for both traditional and non-traditional college students.

The deadline to register as a scholarship provider for this event is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Following the success of the last year’s event, in which scholarship providers met with over 300 interested students, ACF of Yavapai County and ACF of Sedona are excited to offer two evening events again this year, one in Prescott and one in Clarkdale. Last year, Yavapai County students received over $140,000 in scholarship funding from ACF’s scholarship program.

Recent declines in scholarship applications across the nation can be attributed to a lack of awareness from students and parents. For the third year in a row, ACF of Yavapai County is partnering with ACF of Sedona to help increase awareness and provide an opportunity for the community to form a collective response. The two evening events will connect Yavapai County students directly with scholarship providers.

At both events, each scholarship provider will have an opportunity to present application requirements and other important information to interested students at their own booth to increase awareness and community engagement. An informational document that includes a brief description of all represented opportunities will be distributed during the events to give students and parents a reference guide cataloguing the available scholarships.

A variety of scholarship funds established with the Arizona Community Foundation offer support for students in Yavapai County. With one application, students are matched with more than 100 scholarships for which they qualify through ACF’s online scholarship system. ACF of Yavapai County and ACF of Sedona are affiliates of the Arizona Community Foundation, the largest private provider of scholarships in the state.

Collaboration is one of ACF’s guiding principles, and as such, we would like this event to include representation from all of the wonderful organizations that provide scholarship opportunities to local students.

If you provide a scholarship supporting Yavapai County students, please join us and register online using the information: Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night-Prescott, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3 at Yavapai College Gymnasium, Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Building 2, Prescott. Register online at or Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night-Clarkdale, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus, Community Room – Building M., 1st Floor, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale. Register online at

Local community groups as well as staff from ACF of Yavapai County and ACF of Sedona will be available to answer questions and share information. The events are free and open to the public. Contact Lisa Sahady at 928-583-7815 or for more information about the Prescott event, and Tracey McConnell at 928-399-7218 or for more information about the Clarkdale event.