changing lives through scholarships at ASU

Arizona State University is committed to the fundamental principle that all qualified students, regardless of their circumstances or socioeconomic backgrounds, should have the opportunity to earn college degrees. Scholarships enable ASU to keep that commitment.

There are many opportunities to match your philanthropic passion with the right scholarship opportunity. Your options:

  • New American University Scholarship Matching Program. As an incentive to encourage donor investment in scholarship endowments, ASU offers a 6 percent match on gifts of $50,000 or more annually for 10 years. Scholarships are for high-performing students with financial need and may be designated to the college, school of program of choice. Learn more about the New American University Scholarship Matching Program.
  • Maroon and Gold Leaders Giving Program. Similar to the New American University Scholarship Endowment, the Maroon and Gold program offers a match on endowment gifts. This program is for ASU administrators, faculty, staff and emeritus faculty and is designed to increase scholarship support for high-performing undergraduate students with financial need. ASU will offer a 4 percent match on a minimum gift of $25,000. Support the Maroon and Gold Leaders Giving Program.
  • ASU Student Success Impact Fund. The Student Success Committee of the Trustees of ASU is launching an innovative flexible spending fund that connects donors directly to the students they support. These non-endowed investment funds allow academic leaders to act quickly to support students with special circumstances, compelling needs or emergency situations. A minimum gift of $10,000 is required.
  • ASU General Scholarship Endowment. This is an endowment fund that provides an ongoing source of unrestricted scholarship support for ASU students. Support the ASU General Scholarship endowment.
  • ASU General Scholarship Fund. Gifts of any amount may be added to ASU’s general scholarship funds, or to scholarship funds in selected colleges. To give online, visit
  • Estate gifts. Many donors choose to include scholarships in their estate plans. For information, visit our estate and gift planning page or contact Judith Pillon, associate vice president of estate and gift planning, at or 480-727-6409.

student success

Frank Smith

Public Service and Public Policy, class of 2016

Statistics say Frank Smith shouldn’t be at Arizona State University. Frank spent part of his youth in the foster care system, but determination and scholarships landed him at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, where he is now student body president. His scholarships give him the freedom to dive into causes that are important to him, like participating in legislative hearings on behalf of foster children in Arizona.

Amina Aden

Nursing, class of 2017

Amina Aden’s parents emigrated from Somalia so they could have a better life in the United States. Neither attended a university, so as a child Amina never thought she would study at one. Even after teachers encouraged her to pursue higher education, Amina knew her family could not pay for it. Receiving scholarships to ASU gave her confidence and hope that her parents’ dream of a better life can come true. She is currently a freshman attending Barrett, The Honors College as a nursing student.