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Private donor scholarships for NAU students

Hundreds of privately funded scholarships are available

Private scholarships come from outside companies, organizations or individuals and are not offered or administered by NAU.

Other tips for finding private scholarships

  • Research. Search for scholarships awarded to students based on college majors, hobbies, achievements, grades, or other criteria that might apply to you. Organizations such as CollegeBoard and FastWeb can help you find scholarships.
  • Plan ahead. Donors might ask for essays, résumés, or letters of recommendation. Consider creating a general essay template that you can modify for different donors, and begin gathering letters of recommendation as soon as possible.
  • Submit complete applications. Always check you have completed the entire application and answered all of the questions before submitting your application.
  • Be cautious of scams. No legitimate scholarship donor will ask you for money to apply for an award.

For scholarship donors

Thank you for your generosity in partnering with us to help make higher education accessible to all!

To add your scholarship information to our website, submit a request to with the name of your award opportunity and application due date in the subject line. We’ll review the scholarship website and/or application you provide. If approved for posting, we’ll notify you via email. We appreciate your patience during the review process.

* Please note that links that do not go directly to a scholarship application are not accepted.

Sending a scholarship check

Once we receive a scholarship check and any corresponding documentation, we work to post the award on the student’s account in a timely manner. Donors sending a scholarship check for a specific student (or several students) must send the check, made out to:

Northern Arizona University
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
PO Box 4108
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Include the student’s NAU ID number and full name on the check, and an award letter that specifies any of the scholarship requirements or restrictions, including which term the scholarship should be applied to. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Priority dates for scholarship checks

All third-party, private donor scholarship checks should be received in our office no later than July 1 for the fall term and Dec. 1 for the spring term to ensure they are posted to the student’s account prior to fall disbursement.