Our Founders

M.J.G. Dougherty and Bess established the Dougherty Foundation as a non-profit educational trust in 1954.  Its purpose was "to assist deserving and qualified students who would not otherwise be able to continue their undergraduate or post graduate education."  

Scholarship Criteria: 


  • U.S. Citizen
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Attending a partner college/university

The Dougherty Foundation is led by a Board of Directors that guides the grantmaking and programs


How to Apply

An Education

For Arizona students with financial need

For more than 60 years, the Dougherty Foundation has supported Arizona students attending 2 year and 4 year colleges with scholarships and loans. Created in 1954 by MJG and Bess Dougherty, funds are awarded every year at partner college and universities across the state.

Community College Scholarships


Founders MJG and Bess Dougherty were influential in the history of the Valley of the Sun. Learn more about their story.

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