FOR Students

Keys-to-College: College Application Assistance

The UHS Foundation and Alumni Association seeks to benefit college-bound UHS students as they navigate the college application process. Paying for college is expensive, but what about getting there in the first place? In order to secure admission to a college, it is recommended that students apply to 4-6 colleges. For many students this presents challenges. In combination with a generous lead gift from the Marshall Foundation, this fund will assist students with the fees associated with college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT), Advanced Placement tests, and college applications, as well as sending test scores and financial aid profiles to those various colleges. For students who qualify for fee waivers: up to $75 available per student per year.  For students who do not qualify for fee waivers: up to $200 per student per year available.

To apply for Keys-to-College financial assistance please speak with a UHS Counselor. 

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive assistance, students must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students do not qualify for fee waivers (based upon their family’s income and/or eligibility for free or reduced lunch) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA of $3,000 or less. Funds may cover up to $200 of costs per student per year.
  2. Students DO qualify for fee waivers but need additional assistance. Funds may cover up to $75 of costs per student per year.
  3. Students DO NOT qualify for fee waivers but there are extenuating circumstances that demonstrate the student’s need for assistance (divorce/separation of parents, illness of family member, etc.). Demonstrated extenuating circumstances will be determined at the discretion of the UHS Counseling Office. Fees may cover up to $200 per student per year.

Professional Development: Internship/Shadowing

This program provides current UHS students with real world experience, professional opportunities and exposure to the greater Tucson community. UHSFAA partners with the UHS Parents’ Association and the UHS Counseling Office to place students at area businesses and organizations for internships and more. Thank you to an early anonymous donor to get this program started and to St. Joseph’s Hospital for being an early corporate partner.  For students who qualify for fee waivers: up to $75 available per student per year.  For students who do not qualify for fee waivers: up to $200 per student per year available.

To apply for this financial assistance please speak with a UHS Counselor.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive assistance, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and meet ONE of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Student qualifies for the Free Lunch program.
  2. Student is first generation college-bound.
  3. Students DO qualify for fee waivers and need additional assistance. Funds may cover up to $75 of costs per student per year.
  4. Students DO NOT qualify for fee waivers but there are extenuating circumstances that demonstrate the student’s need for assistance (divorce/separation of parents, illness of family member, etc.). Demonstrated extenuating circumstances will be determined at the discretion of the UHS Counseling Office. Fees may cover up to $200.

Micro Grants

UHSFAA seeks to support UHS students, particularly those who are first generation college bound and who are focused on building opportunities for themselves.  Microgrants are awarded to deserving students in need of anything that furthers their educational development. Grants of up to $200 per student per year are available at the discretion of the counseling department and based on available funds.  Microgrant awards are given for classroom needs including costs associated with internet access, textbooks or personal academic supplies. Also summer programs, professional education and internship needs such as travel and public transportation costs, lunch costs, supplies or clothing needs, or immunizations. Grants are available based on eligibiity and available funds.  Please note these grants are meant for students in need or with extenuating circumstances and are meant to create opportunity and remove barriers.  Please only apply for these with that in mind. For students who qualify for fee waivers: up to $75 available per student per year.  For students who do not qualify for fee waivers: up to $200 per student per year available.

To apply for this financial assistance please speak with a UHS Counselor.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive a microgrants, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and meet ONE of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Student qualifies for the Free Lunch program
  2. Student is first generation college-bound.
  3. Students DO qualify for fee waivers but need additional assistance. Funds may cover up to $75 of costs per student per year.
  4.  Students DO NOT qualify for fee waivers but there are extenuating circumstances that demonstrate the student’s need for assistance (divorce/separation of parents, illness of family member, etc.). Demonstrated extenuating circumstances will be determined at the discretion of the UHS Counseling Office.  Fees may cover up to $200 per student per year.

The Pilote Fund: College Scholarship Assistance 

This 4-year college scholarship is awarded annually to one UHS student applicant who best exemplifies the criteria set out by founder and former Principal Dr. Henry J. Pilote, Jr. and his wife, Angelina E. Pilote. It recognizes all-around excellence and achievement by high school graduates. 

The objective of the Dr. Henry J. Pilote, Jr. and Angelina E. Pilote Scholarship is to recognize all-around excellence and achievement by high school graduates. The character and integrity of the student are among the most important criteria sought after by the Pilote Scholarship. The student should be a “doer” known for honesty, leadership and the ability to take responsibility for his/her actions.

The scholarship provides $2,000 annually for a four year period, a total of $8,000. 

Scholarship Award Criteria

  • GPA of at least 3.2 out of 4.0 (or 4.2/5.0)
  • The student must be entering a 4 year course of study at an accredited college.
  • Athletic achievement is a must.
  • The student must be enrolled in ROTC or participate in another leadership program, where problem solving, planning strategies and professional ethics are learned.
  • Special achievements such as participation in a science fair, literary society, essay contest, local theater or other competition requiring individual exposure will be considered.
  • Community-related activities are valued along with participation in social/class activities that indicate that the student is a team player.

 Click here to download the 2019 application.  Deadline to apply is April 15, 2019. See application for details.