In 1997 Ann Lovell established the Valley Foundation to provide college scholarships to promising students based not on their grades but instead considering their participation in school activities, community involvement, employment and financial need. “I knew how hard it was to go back to school,” she said. “I applied for every scholarship and grant I could – but it was very, very hard to find any that I qualified for”.   

The mission of the Valley Foundation’s scholarship program is to provide financial assistance in the form of college scholarships to current or returning students who have not earned the highest grade point averages and who are experiencing financial difficulties.  A good citizenship record is important with participation in school activities, community services and/or employment constituting a prerequisite for consideration.  Preference is given to graduates of high schools in Southern Arizona as well as students currently attending PimaCommunity College and the University of Arizona. United States citizenship is required and awardees/recipients must attend and complete full-time enrollment (12 hours per semester).   High School students whose grade point average places them in the top 5% of their class and applicants receiving substantial financial aid from other sources such as grants, waivers, or scholarships will not be eligible.

During seventeen years of operation, close to one million dollars in grants have been awarded enabling nearly 300 students to attend various colleges, including Pima Community College, Eastern Arizona College, the University of Arizona, the University of Phoenix, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, Texas Christian University, the University of Hawaii, Loyola Marymount University, Linfield College, Hillsdale College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, San Francisco College and Dartmouth College.  The average scholarship granted is $3,000-$4,000 for a university and $1,500-$2,000 for a community college, but scholarships for both more and less have been awarded based on circumstances and availability of funds. The following timetable has been provided to assist you and your prospective scholarship candidates:

March 4, 2016                      Deadline for submission of all required application material

***Applications  and required application documents (transcripts and letters of recommendation) received after 5:00pm will not be eligible.

April 8-9, 2016                     Selection Committee interviews

April 9, 2016                          Awarding of scholarships