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Application Preparation Tips

This information is to prepare applicants with the information needed to complete their University South Foundation Scholarship Application.


  1. Follow instructions to ensure all requirements are met. 

  2. Demonstrate integrity by providing truthful responses.

  3. Highlight your strengths, passions, and successes. 

  4. Prior to responding, thoroughly review the entire application and gather the required documents. 

  5. Familiarize yourself with the scholarship criteria and select all relevant scholarships for consideration.

  6. Review the Evaluation Rubric to understand the expectations of the reviewers. 

  7. Refine and polish your essay questions, if applicable, through practice and multiple revisions.

  8. Make sure to submit your application by the deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.


Be Prepared to Upload the Following Items (.pdf, .docx, .png, .jpeg):

Proof of Cochise County Residency (all applicants) (provide one of the following):

  • Driver's License

  • State Issued Identification Card

  • Utility Bill in Your Name

Unofficial Transcripts (all applicants)

Proof of Enrollment (all applicants):

  • You are required to provide proof of enrollment with the application or via email to no later than July 15, 2024

Education Unidos Applicant:

  • Proof of Employment in Cochise County

Education Unidos - IME Becas Applicant (provide one of the following):

  • Mexican Birth Certificate

  • Parent's Mexican Birth Certificate

  • Mexican Passport

  • Consular Identification Card

  • Mexican Elector's Identification Card (IFE or INE)

Military Applicant (active duty, veteran, military spouse) (provide one of the following):

  • DD214

  • Current Military Orders

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative Applicant:

  • SSVEC Account Number


The essay questions provide the opportunity to showcase the applicant’s achievements and aspirations and to express how a scholarship will help them reach their goals. It is critical that the response to each essay question be well-structured, concise, and reflects the applicant’s voice. The reviewers are interested in learning about the student’s passion, dedication, accomplishments, and goals, not a perfect generic response.


Questions 1-4 are required for all applicants.

Question 5 is required for Education Unidos/IME-Becas applicants.


Question 6 is required for University of Arizona CAST applicants.

Major - Question 1 (Maximum 500 words)
Explain your choice of major. What inspired your interest in your chosen major? What personal characteristics, skills, etc., will enhance your success in this field? How will your study contribute to your immediate or long-range career plans?

Community - Question 2 (Maximum 500 words)

Discuss ways in which you have enriched your community or schools by participation in civic organizations, school clubs, community service projects, or military service (examples of such organizations and clubs include, but are not limited to:  Rotary, Kiwanis, AFCEA, Habitat for Humanity, National Honor Society, Key Club, or DECA). Describe how your leadership and service has made a positive difference in your college, in your community, in your job and/or military career. 
Financial Impact - Question 3 (Maximum 300 words)
From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education and/or your military career?

Challenges - Question 4 (Maximum 300 words)
Please explain any circumstances or challenges you face that may make continuing your education difficult without additional financial assistance. 

Bi-National - Question 5 (Maximum 600 words)
How will your professional goals contribute to the Bi-National (United States and Mexico) relationship and improve the lives of citizens of both nations?

Cyber - Question 6 (Maximum 750 words)
How will obtaining your degree or completing a certificate program improve the cybersecurity posture for yourself, your company, and our nation?  

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