How to Apply

Become a First Scholar

Applying to the First Scholars program is easy.  Just follow these steps:

  1. Apply to Northern Arizona University.  You must be accepted to the university and pay the $325 enrollment deposit in order to be selected for the First Scholars program.
  2. Submit the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1, 2015, to be considered for eligibility in the program.  The FAFSA will be available beginning January 1 at
  3. Submit your online housing application at

Program application steps

  1. Complete and submit the First Scholars application, which will be available in December 2014 for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  2. Submit supplemental program application.  Once we receive your application form, you will receive a confirmation email (sent to your NAU email address that is given to you once you have been admitted to NAU) from the First Scholars program.  These application materials are due no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015.
  3. Complete the Student Strengths Inventory (SSI).  On February 23rd, 2015 eligible students will receive an invitation to complete the SSI online assessment. Students will have until March 8th, 2015 to complete this assessment.

Selection process

The First Scholars selection committee will meet in early March to review the application materials, academic records, essay response, and assessment results. 

Twenty students and up to ten alternates will be selected to participate in this comprehensive program. 

Students will be notified of selection by March 30th, 2015.