The Sunnyside Foundation is excited to share that as of Fall 2022, the organization will now be managing the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship program started by the Sunnyside Alumni Association. 

The Foundation is excited to carry on the Alumni Association's rich legacy of supporting higher education opportunities for SUSD seniors. 

The scholarship program aligns with the Sunnyside Foundation's Excellence in Education initiatives and our mission to advance an intergenerational culture of learning by investing in projects rooted in courage, community, equity and imagination in Tucson's southside. 

Scholarships are awarded each year to graduating seniors at Desert View, Sunnyside and STAR Academic high schools. Approximately 40 awards ranging from $500-$4,000 are available. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified in late March-early April and will be honored at a ceremony in late April. 

To be eligible for scholarships students must: 

  • Be a current senior at Desert View High School, Sunnyside High School or STAR Academic High School; or a student who has graduated from one of these schools during the current school year (i.e., a December graduate)
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA by the end of the fall semester of your senior year.
  • Plan to enroll full time (12 credits) at an accredited postsecondary institution (vocational/trade school, community college or university); if planning on attending Pima Community College, must plan to enroll in 6 or more credits
  • Submit an application including a goals essay, transcripts and letters of reference

Please note: Some scholarships may have additional eligibility criteria

How to apply:

Scholarship applications will open Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023. To apply, visit the Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Center to create your profile and be matched with scholarships.

For detailed instructions about completing the application, view the Completing the Student Profile Guide


The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.

References and transcripts will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. 

For more information:

Please direct any questions about the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program to or (520) 437-1163.