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An Education Trust for Arizona

Helping Arizonan Students Reach Their Full Potential

The Dougherty Foundation is a private foundation that awards college scholarships to Arizona students. In 1954 the foundation was born out of our founders’ desire to support continuing education and a brighter future for all of Arizona.

Today, we carry on with their mission by working with community donors and partner colleges that share our vision to provide much needed financial aid to help students reach their full potential.

As we move forward, Dougherty is now offering match dollars to community members awarding scholarships and scholarship administration services. We offer this support to the community for free as an extention of our committment to serving more Arizona students. 

Scholarship Match Program

Scholarship Administration Support

$33,000 in match funds available to enhance existing and create

new college scholarships for the 2022 calendar year. Individual donors, businesses and nonprofits can request match funds.

Match funds will prioritize awards created for students of color, but are available for awards serving all students. 

No fees will be deducted from your gift – 100% plus the match

goes to students.

Awards must meet the following criteria to qualify for match:

  • Arizona student – graduate from AZ high school or live in AZ prior to enrollment in college.
  • Students must attend an Arizona college/university.
  • Students must demonstrate financial need.

Do you need an easy way to collect applications for your existing scholarship program or do you want to create a new scholarship? We allow community members to use our online application platform at no cost. You can customize questions for your target audience, review online and participate in the selection process. The awards may also qualify for our match programs.

  • Funds may not be directed from a donor advised scholarship fund or college/university fund.
  • Awards must serve the mission/intent of the Dougherty Foundation.
  • Funds deposited at the Dougherty Foundation must be awarded in the same fiscal year. We do not carry over funds or create advised funds.
  • Endowment gifts to Dougherty Foundation are accepted and can be made with advisement privileges.

Dougherty Scholarship Criteria

  • Financial Need
  • Attending a Partner College/University in Arizona
  • Graduated from an AZ high school or AZ resident for 3 years. 


Community College Scholarships

Community college awards range are $500 per semester based on 6 or more hours enrolled.

University Scholarships

At the four-year level, students are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. 

Graduate School Scholarships

Scholarships for graduate school are only available to renewing Dougherty students who have graduated with a Bachelor's degree. You must have been selected as an undergraduate to be eligible. 

Donate to support Arizona students

100% of your gift goes to support Arizona students with scholarships and support to graduate with their college degree. 

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