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Reach your goals with support from Desert Financial Foundation.

Desert Financial Foundation is committed to strengthening our community by providing educational support and opportunities.

We proudly offer scholarships for high school seniors who give back to our community; adults (25 and older) who are pursuing certificates or degrees; and student athletes who have overcome obstacles.

Click the tabs below to learn about Desert Financial Foundation scholarship options.


    High school seniors who volunteer can apply for a Community Service Scholarship.

    Our Desert Financial Community Service Scholarship program recognizes and rewards exceptional students who have contributed 50 or more hours of service in our community. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are available to students planning to attend an Arizona college or university.

    The application period for 2023 Community Service Scholarships is January 9 — March 1, 2023.

    Application Requirements:

    • Completed 50+ hours of community service between January 2022 — December 2022.
    • Have a 3.0+ cumulative GPA.
    • Plan to attend an in-state college or university in the fall.
    • Be a Desert Financial member (or related to a member).
    • Show a demonstrated financial need based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Please review these important application guidelines.

    Ready to get started?

    Complete and submit the form below to apply for the Desert Financial Community Service Scholarship.


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    Our scholarship programs are provided by Desert Financial Foundation. If you would like to learn more about how we’re supporting education in Arizona, check out our commitment to education page.



    Apply for our college scholarship for members ages 25 and older.

    Remie being presented with a Desert Financial college scholarship

    In 1939, fifteen courageous educators pooled together all of their money — just $78.75 — to found a credit union for teachers. In honor of their legacy, we offer the Desert Financial Adult Learners Scholarship to help adults reach their higher education goals.

    In 2023, 35 applicants will be selected to receive $2,000 each in scholarship funds distributed directly to the Arizona-based college, university or professional certification program of their choice.

    The application period for the 2023 Adult Learners Scholarship is February 1 – April 3, 2023.

    Application Requirements:

    • Be age 25 or older.
    • Be a Desert Financial member in good standing.
    • Be enrolled in (or have plans to attend) an accredited college, university or certification program in Arizona.
    • Write a short essay.

    Please review these important application guidelines.

    The application period for our 2021 Adult Learners Scholarship has ended. Check back for info on our 2022 scholarships later in the year.

    Ready to get started?

    Complete and submit the form below to apply for the Desert Financial Adult Learners Scholarship.

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    Apply for the 2023 Arizona Breaking Barriers Student Athlete Scholarship, presented by Desert Financial Foundation.

    Krysten Muir broke barriers in 2015-2016 as a kicker for the Marcos de Niza High School football team in Tempe. She leaves a legacy as the first female to score a point in an AIA state championship game and to set the state record for points scored by a female in the season. In January 2021, Krysten was in a car accident that caused partial paralysis. Desert Financial stepped in to support her and her family with a Random Act of Kindness.

    Anthony Robles, one of the most accomplished wrestlers in Arizona State University® history, broke barriers when he won the NCAA individual championship in 2011 despite being born with only one leg. He capped his collegiate career with a 36-0 record. Anthony became a motivational speaker and commentator inspiring athletes everywhere to be unstoppable.

    The Arizona Cardinals wanted to recognize Krysten and her outstanding contributions to the local sports community. In collaboration with Desert Financial Foundation, they created the Arizona Breaking Barriers Student Athlete Scholarship. Anthony Robles, a Desert Financial brand ambassador, also wanted to support unstoppable athletes and their higher education. The program will recognize determined, resilient and unstoppable student athletes inspired by these two remarkable athletes.

    Are you a student athlete who’s breaking barriers? Do you know someone who is? Submit your nomination for the Arizona Breaking Barriers Student Athlete Scholarship!

    Application Requirements

    • Graduating Arizona high school senior (spring of 2024)
    • Current athlete in an organized sporting team (e.g., high school, local public or private club, recreational league or other formal organizations)
    • Plans to attend an Arizona college or university
    • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
    • Membership with Desert Financial Credit Union is not required
    • Demonstrated financial need

    Awarding Scholarship Recipients

    • 15 scholars will be selected and receive $3,000 each.
    • Two recipients will be personally chosen by Krysten and recognized as Krysten Muir Scholars presented by the Arizona Cardinals.
    • Two recipients will be personally chosen by Anthony and recognized as Unstoppable Scholars presented by Anthony Robles.
    • Deadline to apply is November 1. Recipients will be notified in mid-to-late November to early December 2023.

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    1Disclosure of applicant's race and gender is optional and will not be used for scholarship award selection.