Nirali Patel, the recipient of the 2015 Governor's Scholarship, pictured at the award ceremony with AZ Governor Doug Ducey and representatives of the CCAZ.

Left to right:  The Honorable Reginald Winssinger, Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium; The Honorable Enrique Melendez, Consulate of the Republic of El SalvadorThe Honorable Gerrit M. Steenblik, Consulate of the French RepublicThe Honorable Kenneth "Patricio" Smith, Esq., Consulate of the Republic of Chile; AZ Governor Doug Ducey; Nirali Patel, 2015 Scholarship Winner; The Honorable Alisa C. Jost, Consulate of the Swiss Confederation; The Honorable Ileana Orlich, Ph.D, Consulate General of Romania; The Honorable Lars O. Lagerman, Consulate of the Kingdom of Sweden; The Honorable Bogumil N. Horchem, Consulate of the Republic of Poland.


$10,000 AWARD


The Consular Corps of Arizona is proud to sponsor the Governor’s Scholarship.  As an organization dedicated to civic engagement and fostering educational opportunity, the CCAZ created this award in 2013 to honor an outstanding new graduate from one of the three state universities.  This annual scholarship, now in its fourth year, will be presented to a student who has exhibited  exceptional academic merit, to assist them in pursuing a graduate degree at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona.

This scholarship is not affiliated with the Office of the Arizona Governor, nor is it aligned with any of the three universities.  The steering and selection committee come from the fields of education, business, and government.

Scholarship Amount

The Governor’s Scholarship is a nonrenewable financial award in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  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 Governor’s Scholarship 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 Consular Corps of Arizona and their work (view Vision-Mission page). 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 2015 or May of 2016
  • Enroll in graduate studies at ASU, NAU, or the UofA in the fall of 2016 for the 2016-2017 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 2016 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 Sunday, April 3, 2016

A complete application will consist of all of the following:

1) Application Cover Letter (Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to download the document)

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

3) 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.

4) A curriculum vitae.

5) Two academic letters of recommendation.

These materials must be submitted together via email to (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 March 27 deadline.


  • Application deadline: 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 3
  • Finalist and Alternate Notification: Wednesday, April 20
  • Finalist In-Person Interviews: Monday, April 25 (day, time, and Phoenix location TBD)
  • Final Decision Notification: Monday, April 25

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

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