Gap Scholarships for CBHS Graduates

The purpose of these scholarships is to fill in the “gap” (i.e. shortfall) between the total cost of attendance at the college the recipient has selected and the scholarships and other funds available to that student. The Gap Scholarships to Camelback High School graduating seniors are provided on a competitive basis in a three step process:

  1. Each applicant fills out an online application at the Arizona Community Foundation. Their application information is matched with the criteria for selection for gap scholarships from the Camelback High School Scholarship Fund.
  2. Then the information about the applicants who meet the criteria established by the Camelback High School Scholarship Fund is provided on-line by the Arizona Community Foundation to the Camelback High School Scholarship Fund’s Advisory Group members who use an on-line process to score each applicant.
  3. Those applicants with the highest on line scores from the Advisory Group members are interviewed by the Advisory Group which determines which applicants will receive the available funds from the fund that year.

2018 Camelback HS Gap Scholarship Program News

Thank you to all who participated in 2018 Camelback HS Gap Scholarship program’s funding, on-line vetting and/or interviews.

We held our interviews May 22, 2018. Of the 19 invitees who were ranked highest by our on-line vetting team, 17 applicants showed up. What an inspiring group of capable, optimistic, smart people Camelback is unleashing on the world! Each one was more impressive and interesting than the one before. Their career goals range from nursing to astrophysics.

These kids have been given permission to succeed! Good job Camelback High School!

All of those who were interviewed will receive either the amount of scholarship award they asked for or the amount our interviewers determined is their need. The total amount awarded was $50,000 which was provided by 14 donors (most of whom are repeat donors).

Thank you so much, donors. You are changing lives.

Many thanks to the excellent and indefatigable Arizona Community Foundation team that administered the entire program, supervised the interviews and took the final notes. Thank you, Grace Smith and Becca Allpow. You made this whole process easy for the rest of us.

ASU Bound Applicants

This year we are adding a college mentoring program for those Gap Scholarship recipients who are to attend ASU — to ensure their college success. This one-year trial program will be provided by Be A Leader Foundation as per its normal program for college students. More details to be provided as this program develops.

One of the “asks” of the scholarship recipients headed for ASU is that they join the Camelback Alumni Association and provide enthusiastic participation in that association. Our goal is to have a resurgent alumni association assume many of the current roles of the Camelback High School Community Network over time. Jim Lee, Esq. (CB1986), Lincoln Combs, Esq.(CB 1990) and Vanessa Castaneda (CB2015) have agreed to launch this effort and to recruit others to join them.

Six Years of Gap Scholarships at Camelback HS

In 2013, 10 graduating seniors received gap scholarships from a group of donors, and in 2014 this group of donors established the Camelback High School Scholarship Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation as a conduit for donations for the 2014 and future years’ Gap Scholarships. During the school years of 2014-2017, donors contributed over $50,000 annually to this fund which supported 15 gap scholarships each year.

2018 is the sixth year of our Camelback HS Gap Scholarship program. Counting this year’s cohort of 17 recipients, we will have funded awards for 95 applicants in a total award amount of just over $276,000. The average award amount over the life of our program has been $2,900 per applicant.

We will be receiving comments and suggestions on how to improve this program from several of those who participated this year. We look forward to those ideas.


Congratulations to the 2018 Camelback High School DECA team. They are advancing to the national DECA competition in Atlanta to present their paper, The GAP Scholarship (.pdf)