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$5,000 Awards

The Diplomatic Corps of Arizona is proud to sponsor the Scholarship Awards. As an organization dedicated to civic engagement and fostering educational opportunity, the DCAZ created this award in 2013 to honor an outstanding new graduate from one of the three state universities. This annual scholarship will be presented to two students who have exhibited exceptional academic merit, to assist them in pursuing a graduate degree at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona.

Scholarship Amount

The Scholarship Award is a nonrenewable financial award in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000). It must be used to pursue immediate graduate study at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona. The scholarship cannot be deferred or transferred. Upon confirmation of enrollment, the funds will be distributed directly to the appropriate institution of post secondary education.

Selection Criteria

The Scholarship Award is designed to award academic excellence. The selected student will have distinguished himself or herself as an accomplished scholar: motivated, well-rounded, high achieving, and intellectually curious. He or she will have a strong commitment to service and is expected to show in his or her application materials a demonstrated record of meaningful civic enrichment.

The ideal applicant has an interest in foreign affairs, political science, or a related field, with a scholastic record that focuses on international engagement, diplomatic relations, government institutions, or other themes that echo the philosophy of the Diplomatic Corps of Arizona and our work. Undergraduate courses, extracurricular involvements, or future plans that feature a strong humanistic element and speak to being a globally engaged citizen will also be valued in the scholarship selection process.

Applicant MUST:

  • Be a graduate of ASU, NAU, or the UofA in December of 2020 or May of 2021

  • Enroll in graduate studies at ASU, NAU, or the UofA in the fall of 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year

  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.7

  • Submit all required application materials pursuant to the Submission Criteria below

  • No exceptions will be made to *any* of the above four scholarship requirements. However, students with a 3.6 - 3.69 GPA who believe the Spring 2020 semester will elevate their final GPA to 3.7 may still apply.

Scholarship Application

A complete application must be received by 11:59 PM on April 1, 2021.

A complete application will consist of all of the following:

  • Application Cover Letter

  • Unofficial University Transcript (subject to verification and graduation confirmation at the discretion of the Steering and Selection Committee).

  • Three (3) essays. 500 word, 3000 character maximum per essay. Be specific.

Service Essay: Highlight your commitment to service. Include your most valued experiences, goals for engagement, and how you achieved meaningful outcomes.

Academic Achievement Essay: Describe your most significant academic achievement or intellectual endeavor. Highlight how it will influence your graduate education and goals for the future.

Major and Career Goals Essay: Explain how your personal experiences shaped who you are today and how they impacted your choice in major and career. Also describe your vision of your professional life and contributions to your community 10 years from now.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Two academic letters of recommendation.

These materials must be submitted together via email to diplomaticcorpsofaz@gmail.com (confirmation of receipt will be provided). For any recommender who wishes to submit a confidential letter of support, please email the document separate from the primary application packet to the same address by the April 1 deadline.


  • Application deadline: 11:59 PM on April 1

  • Finalist and Alternate Notification: April 15

  • Finalist In-Person Interviews: April 20 (day, time, and Phoenix location TBD)

  • Final Decision Notification: April 21

* Finalists unable to participate in the in-person interview component of the process will be replaced with an alternate candidate.