Beacon of Hope Scholarship

The Isac Amaya Foundation has four scholarships available for community college and university students across the state. The scholarships are specifically for students who don’t qualify for financial aid due to their immigration status.

In partnership with the First Church United Church of Christ, the Isac Amaya Foundation will award the Beacon of Hope Scholarship, $2,500 award to a student enrolled in an Arizona university, public or private, in the Fall 2018 semester.

The Beacon of Hope Scholarship is open to high school seniors who are planning to attend a university in the state and undergraduate students who are already attending a university. Interested students must submit a 250-word statement of need as well as a video detailing how they pay it forward in their community.

The organization will also award three different Isac Amaya Junior Scholarships to students who are planning to attend or are attending community colleges in Maricopa, Yuma, Pima and Cochise counties. The Junior Scholarship is a contest in which students will submit video telling us how they would solve a current world problem they believe is pressing. The videos will be voted on via facebook and three students with the most liked videos will receive the scholarships.

“The Isac Amaya Foundation was founded in part to provide scholarships to students who don’t have access to financial aid due to their immigration status and who are in constant limbo about paying in-state tuition in our state,” says Silvia Avila, program coordinator for the Isac Amaya Foundation.

“Unfortunately this situation continues to be the same for Arizona students and we hope that our scholarships are a glimpse of hope to some students. We are extremely grateful to have partners like First Church United Church of Christ that also believe all students deserve access to a higher education.”

The deadline for all four scholarships isJune 15 at 11:59 p.m. and students will receive the award at the end of July. Full guidelines and scholarship application are available at