Arizona Cow Belles Scholarship Essays

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The following paragraphs tell you how to obtain financial aid and scholarships as you continue your education after high school. The last section lists some of the local, state, and national privately-funded scholarships that are available. If you need financial assistance to continue your education, you should first contact the financial aid office at the educational institution where you plan to attend. Before you do this, however, you need to complete your FAFSA. For your convenience, you will find additional information on the FAFSA process below.

Beginning Your Financial Aid Search

FAFSA - Getting financial aid and scholarships require that you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You should complete your FAFSA early in your application process. Once you've completed your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This report shows the amount of money that you and your family are expected to contribute towards your first year of college. This is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This figure is used by educational institutions and scholarship funds to determine your financial need.

Personal Statement - Most scholarships require that you write a composition (usually about 350 words), which can include any or all of the following: your high school activities/clubs/leadership positions, community activities, educational goals, career goals, financial need, work experience, and any special considerations. Put plenty of effort into this statement because it needs to make you stand out among your peers. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct and that you have proofread your statement.

Searching for Available Scholarships

This section lists some privately-funded scholarships. Browse this list. If you meet the primary eligibilities, click on the scholarship name to see the complete eligibilities. If you’re sure you meet the complete eligibilities, apply for those scholarships! The more scholarships you apply for, the greater your chances of success.

Make sure that you submit all of the application materials required for each scholarship by the deadline dates. Make a note of each scholarship deadline date on your daily calendar so that you will not forget them.

Remember that your guidance counselor is available to help you with your scholarship search. Never pay to apply for a scholarship! Don't fall for scams!

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Verde Valley/Yavapai County Scholarships

Arizona Scholarships

National Scholarships - Part 1

National Scholarships - Part 2

For Undocumented and DACA-mented Students

ScholarshipDeadlineAwardPrimary Eligibilities
American Psychological AssociationMultipleVariesStudy in psychology
Common Knowledge ScholarshipsMultipleVariesCorrect answers to quizzes
Courageous PersuadersMultiple$2000Drinking-driving video
Distinguished Young WomenMultipleVariesFemale with leadership
Geneseo Migrant Center ScholarshipMultipleVariesMigrant student
Jumpstart ScholarshipMultiple$1000Merit + essay
Positive ChoicesMultipleVariesAlcohol awareness essay
Scholarships for Students with DisabilitiesMultipleVariesDisability
Society of Women EngineersMultipleup to $15,000Women in engineering
United Negro College FundMultipleVariesVaries
VFW Art Contest$21,000MultiplePatriotic artwork
Wells Fargo College Steps SweepstakesVaries$5,000Participation in College Planning Program
Christensen & Hymas Scholarship8/1$10003.5 GPA and essay
ABODO Apartments Off-to-College Scholarship8/31$500Essay
Odenza Marketing Scholarship9/30$500Essay
Breakthrough Junior Challenge10/1$250,000Video challenge - Math and Science
Wendy's Heisman Scholarship10/2Trophy, recognition, and up to $10,000Athlete and leader
AES Engineering10/6$500Essay
National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program10/6Up to $5,000Health professions majors
Make the U10/15$2500-15KHispanic/essays/full-time
NSLI for Youth Study Abroad Scholarship10/27VariesStudy abroad
Coca Cola10/31$1000-20KMany scholarships/leadership/service
National Eagle Scout Assoc. Scholarship10/31$5000Eagle Scout
KidGuard Scholarship10/31$500/$1000Essay
Prudential Spirit of Community11/7VariesCommunity service
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation11/14VariesAchievement/leadership/need
Garage Door Nation Scholarship$1500Video contest
Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship12/1$1000Motorcycle Awareness Work
Burger King Scholars12/15$1000Merit/good citizen/entrepreneurial
Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship12/15up to $5000Essay
StudyPug Scholarship12/15$1000Essay contest
Broker Fish12/21$1000Essay
Medical Assisting Scholarship12/31$3000Essay/study in medicine
NRA Scholarship12/31Up to $1000Essay contest
American Legion Oratorical Contest1/1up to $18,000Oratorical Contest
NFIB Young Entrepreneurship Awards1/2$1000 and UpOwn a business
JFK Profile in Courage Scholarship1/4$10,000Essay contest
Carson Scholars1/8$1000Grades 4-11 with 3.75 GPA and service
CGTrader Scholarship1/15VariesTechnology essay
Asian Amer. & Pacific Islanders1/18VariesMany scholarships/Asian and Pacific
Ronald McDonald House1/19VariesVaries
Wayne V. Black Scholarship Program1/26$5000Listed majors only
Redfin Scholarship (biannual)1/31$2500Essay prompt
National FFA Scholarship2/8VariesVaries
American Welding Society2/15VariesStudy in welding
Church's Chicken Scholars2/15$10002.7 GPA
Daughters of the Amer. Revolution2/15VariesMany scholarships
Walmart Scholarships2/21Up to $3,000Walmart Associates and Families

About ASC

The Arizona State Cowbelles work to contribute to the success of the beef cattle community by engaging in activities designed to:

  • Promote the consumption of beef by engaging the public about its benefits
  • Advocate statewide and nationally for the interests of the beef community
  • Promote the heritage of ranching and support youth interested in agriculture
  • Share the contributions of the rancher in stewardship of the land and protecting the environment
  • Participate in and contribute to the American National CattleWomen, Inc

Women from all over the state of Arizona are welcome to join and to participate in the efforts to promote beef and engage customers about beef and the ranching industry. ASC events include:

  • Ranch day experiences for schools
  • Ranch tours for adults
  • Safe food handling and nutrition workshops
  • Arizona Beef Ambassador Contest
  • Assist with Ag Literacy Program
  • Community services and events
  • Scholarships
  • Statewide culinary events

History of the Arizona State Cowbelles

The Arizona State Cowbelles is an organization rich in history. “The Cowbelles” was organized as a social club by sixteen ranch wives in Douglas, a town in the very southeastern corner of Arizona, on October 17, 1939. The group’s purpose was “to promote family and social relations between cattle people and to cooperate for the best interests of our industry, our community, and our country”. One of the ladies’ first service projects was sewing quilts to donate to those in need. Soon they realized the need to educate consumers about the benefits of beef in the diet; many programs and activities were developed to accomplish this task.

Other women in Arizona heard about the unique Douglas group and all they were doing to promote beef. Thus, the Arizona State Cowbelles were organized in January, 1947, during the annual convention of the American National Cattlemen’s Association in Phoenix. As many as fifteen local Cowbelles groups have been active at one time throughout the state. Eventually a national organization was formed, now our American National CattleWomen, in 1952. 

Over the years, the Arizona State Cowbelles have turned their primary focus to beef promotion and consumer education regarding the nutritional value of beef. Cowbelles work hand in hand with the Arizona Beef Council to bring the message of ranching and the beef industry to their local schools, communities and businesses. The organization, both statewide and locally, provide educational scholarships for Arizona’s youth. Cowbelles are also involved in legislative issues affecting the cattle industry.

For 73 years we have worked hard to tell the beef story and we’re proud that so many other states have joined us to further the American beef industry!


Where It All Started (in order of date founded):

  1. The Cowbelles - October 17, 1939
  2. Willcox Cowbelles - September 28, 1946
  3. Laveen Cowbelles - January 19, 1947
  4. Mohave Cowbelles - February 15, 1947; inactive since 2002
  5. Northern Arizona Cowbelles - February 19, 1947
  6. Santa Cruz Cowbelles - November 4, 1947
  7. Greenlee Cowbelles - June 4, 1948
  8. Yavapai Cowbelles - March 19, 1949
  9. Yuma Cowbelles - February 22, 1952; reactivated as Yuma CattleWomen in 2011
  10. Mount Graham Cowbelles - January 1954; inactive since 1963
  11. Tucson Cowbelles - February 8, 1954
  12. Blue River Cowbelles - September 25, 1954
  13. San Pedro Cowbelles - June 13, 1956; inactive since 1997
  14. Camelback Cowbelles - November 1959
  15. Gila County Cowbelles - October 1971
  16. Maricopa CattleWomen (Laveen and Camelback combined) - 1989
  17. Tonto Cowbelles - 2000


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