Student Financial Services: Scholarships

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Student Financial Services, SSC in Hodes
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816.501.3600 f: 816.501.2462


E: sfs@avila.edu

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Paying for college can be an expensive and complicated process. We’re here to help. Our goal is to ease your concerns and provide education, guidance, and support to all students, and their families, throughout the financial aid process. Here’s where you start.

2020-2021 FAFSA
File Now.

The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) opened on October 1, 2019. To file you will use your 2018 tax information and you should NOT update it with 2019 information.  For more information on the changes or to apply visit the Federal Student Aid website

  1. Fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Your FAFSA application is where all financial aid begins. The earlier you fill out your FAFSA the better. You’ll need to update your FAFSA each year.
  2. With your FAFSA application, we can help you look for financial grants — money awards that you don’t have to repay! With the exception of the TEACH Grant, all grants are awarded to undergraduate students only. The most common grant awarded to Avila University students is the Federal Pell Grant, a need-based grant, awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree.

3. Next, let’s find you an Avila scholarship. Academic. Athletic. Faith-based. Performance-driven. There’s an Avila scholarship for just about everyone — 98% of our first-year students received a scholarship or financial aid last year.

The following awards are not stackable with an Avila University athletic scholarship.
Presidential Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $12,000
Requirements: Must have a minimum of a 27 ACT and 3.85 GPA (This scholarship cannot be combined with any other Avila aid.)
Avila Achievement Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $7,000 – $10,000
Requirements: Based on cumulative GPA and ACT scores.
Avila A+ Recognition Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $500
Requirements: Students must show proof of completion of the Missouri A+ Program.
Performance Grant
Amount Awarded: Amount varies
Requirements: May be awarded to students demonstrating talent or interest in the following majors: advertising, art, communications, English, film & digital media, music, and theatre.
Avila Mission Grant
Amount Awarded: Up to $500
Requirements: Students must either be: dependents of Avila Alumni or siblings of an Avila student (or alumni)
Engagement Grant
Amount Awarded: Amount varies
Requirements: Requires active involvement in one of the following on-campus student organizations: Student Senate, Student Activities Planning Committee, Admissions Ambassadors, Campus Ministry, and/or Community Service. Limited to one activity per scholarship.
Athletic Scholarships
For students who plan to participate in athletics your Avila University award is done differently. All prospective athletes must file the FAFSA and work individually with the coach to determine your total award. The award determined by your coach combines your academic and your athletic award in one scholarship. We know you are both a student and an athlete and want to award you as one! Visit Avila Athletics to find out more.
Margaret Hernandez Daley ’62 Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $1,000 (renewable)
Requirements: In order to receive this scholarship, students must be of Mexican heritage. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Avila University will award graduates of Catholic high schools a CSJ Scholarship of $1,000 in addition to all other academic, athletic, and performance awards you earn. Contact the Office of Admission to learn more!

The below awards are not stackable with an Avila University athletic scholarship.
Avila Transfer Presidential Scholarship
Amount Awarded: $6,500
Requirements: Must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher. (This scholarship can ONLY be combined with Phi Theta Kappa scholarship.)
Avila Transfer Achievement Scholarship
Minimum GPA
Estimated Academic Scholarship
3.0 – 3.49:  $5,500
2.0 – 2.99:  $5,000
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Award
Amount Awarded: $500 annually.
Requirements: Must show proof of membership in Phi Theta Kappa.
Avila A+ Continuation Grant
Amount Awarded:  $250 annually
Requirements: Proof of completion of the Missouri A+ program in high school.
Avila Mission Grant
Amount Awarded: Provides up to $500 annually.
Requirements: Students must either be: dependents or siblings of Avila alumni, family members of current Avila students, dependents of a lay employee who is engaged full-time in a Catholic ministry or a nephew/niece of a Religious who is engaged full-time in a Catholic ministry.
Performance Grant
Amount Awarded: Amount varies
Requirements: Demonstrate talent or interest in advertising, art, campus ministry, communication, kinesiology, music, newspaper, theatre, video production, or writing.
Athletic Scholarships
For students who plan to participate in athletics your Avila University award is done differently. All prospective athletes must file the FAFSA and work individually with the coach to determine your total award. The award determined by your coach combines your academic and your athletic award in one scholarship. We know you are both a student and an athlete and want to award you as one! Visit Avila Athletics to find out more.

The value of an academic merit scholarship is determined at the time of a student’s admission to the University.

Avila University financial aid awards become official when a student has been admitted, completed the FAFSA, received a comprehensive financial aid award letter, and returned a signed copy of that letter to the Office of Financial Aid. All Avila financial aid is renewable as long as a student is enrolled full-time, meets renewal criteria, and/or continues to demonstrate financial need. All scholarships and grants are based on available funding.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships include any funding from sources outside of Avila University, the State of Missouri, or the federal government. Awards from companies, foundations, civic and religious organizations, and employer tuition benefits are common examples of outside scholarships. Outside scholarships can affect a student’s aid eligibility, so they must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. Outside scholarships help meet a student’s college costs, so we are required to take these awards into account when determining eligibility for other aid programs. If we have to adjust other sources of aid — which may be required under state and federal regulations — we always reduce need-based loans or work-study before reducing any gift aid, like need-based scholarships or grants.

August

Florida Rentals Annual Dream Vacation Scholarship 

Full-time students over the age of 18 currently accepted to or enrolled at a college or university. Eligible students should submit a 1,000-word essay to scholarship@floridarentals.com describing their dream vacation. Where would you go? What would you do when you were there? Who would you want with you? What would your accommodations look like? Use your imagination!

Amount: $1,000   Deadline: August 31, 2020

September

Annual FishingTik Scholarship Program

Write a detailed, 3-page essay on the environmental consequences of harmful Fishing practices on a highly vulnerable ecosystem, or on any Fishing related topic.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: September 10, 2020

Needle & Ellenberg Excellence in the Face of Adversity Scholarship

Answer the following prompt and questions in an essay of 1,000 words or less: Describe the person or a group of people who inspired you to want to help people who are facing adversity.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: September 15, 2020

Nicholas A. Pennipede Memorial Scholarship

Please attach a 500-800 word essay and discuss: How you plan to use your education to serve the community? How will receiving this scholarship help you achieve your goals? Why Eye Associates should select you for this scholarship?

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: September 15, 2020

Small Business Marketing Scholarship

Any students are invited to apply for the Small Business Marketing Scholarship. To apply, students must create and write a marketing plan for a small business selected from the below list of industries. The marketing plan should be generic, not customized to a specific existing business.

To apply, students must write a short essay (minimum of 800 words) on how a small business could grow in today’s digital world. The essay should cover at least 2 of the following marketing strategies: SEO (search engine optimization) Local, SEO, Google Ads, Organic Social Media, Paid Social Media, Radio, and Retargeting Ads

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: September 18, 2020

Storage Area Annual Scholarship

Please write an 800 to 1,500 word essay on any one of the topics below:
General: Self-storage allows you to organize and free up living space. How can college students utilize a storage unit to increase productivity and decrease stress?

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: September 1, 2020

October

Housecall Pro Scholarship

Create a short video telling us how you plan to go from good to great or Write a 700+ word essay on “The Importance of Technology to Service Professionals

Amount: $5,000   Deadline: October 1, 2020

Scholarship From American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc.

Essay of between 750 and 1,000 words, explaining your career aspirations, how you plan to advance healthcare and/or education through your work, and what inspired you to commit yourself to this field

Amount: $1,500  Deadline: October 1, 2020

November

Lowenberg Law Firm Workforce Scholarship

Write an essay between 750-1000 words addressing the following question(s):

As you look ahead to finishing school and entering your chosen profession, what is it that will set you apart from others in the same field? What will you do to bring unique value to your work? What will you do to prevent being just mediocre in your vocation?

What is the biggest challenge facing digital workers? Why?

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: November 1, 2020

The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal College Scholarship

Submit an essay of at least 750 words, but not more than 1,000 words on the following topic:

What unique qualities and perspective will you bring to your chosen profession that will cause you to stand out from the crowd?

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: November 1, 2020

The Find Answering Service Connectivity Scholarship

Write a 1,000-word essay on the following: Why is connectivity so important today? How will communication technology evolve in the future? What technology or types of communication do you use to connect with others?

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: November 2020

December

Boster Bio Scholarship

Applicants must provide proof that they have been accepted into a research position in biology or medical-related lab on a full-time or substantial part-time basis (minimum 9 credit hours worth of research work for the next two semesters). Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.60 on a 4.0 scale. To apply to write a response (at least 500 words) to this essay question: Explain your reason(s) for applying for a scholarship and why you feel you should receive one, and the type of career in the healthcare or biomedical related industry you plan to pursue and your future goals.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline: December 31st, 2020

Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay answering the following question: If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Joe Durham Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay answering the following question: If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make? This award seeks female students with diverse backgrounds of race, ethnicity or faith, obtain the degree of their choice.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Schneider Hammers Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay addressing the following essay topic: Personal injuries greatly affect victims and their loved ones, not only physically, but emotionally and financially as well. For many, the road to recovery is not an easy one. Describe a difficult period in your life and how you were able to persevere and move forward.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Winters & Yonkers Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay describing how your make a difference through community involvement.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

The Ted A. Greve Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay describing how your career goals evolved over the years and brought you to where you are now.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Asheville Recovery Center

Write a 750-word maximum essay describing how you have been affected by addiction in your life.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Bethune Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay describing how a mentor or coach has impacted your life.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

John B. Jackson Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay addressing the following topic: Many times in life, we are faced with hardships and challenges. Describe a difficult period in your life and how you were able to overcome this time.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Nettles Morris Law Firm Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word minimum to 2500-word maximum essay addressing what traits you have that will enhance your education and future employment. This scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage to obtain the degree of their choice.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

CAIL Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay addressing why education matters to your community. This scholarship is designed to assist minority, specifically African American, students obtain the degree of their choice.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

The Weinstein Firm Annual Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay describing something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community. This scholarship is open to female students with diverse backgrounds and studying majors which have traditionally been underrepresented.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

McDonald Worley Scholarship

Write a 750-word maximum essay answering the following prompt: if you have the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make? This scholarship is open to female students with diverse backgrounds and studying majors which have traditionally been underrepresented.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

The Dominguez Firm Collegiate Scholarship Award

The Collegiate Scholarship Award will be given to a deserving undergraduate student looking to making a difference in his or her community and the future. Students must submit an essay between 500-700 words and/ or a 1-2 minute video describing themselves and their aspiration of going to college.

Amount: $5,000  Deadline: December 31, 2020

The Easton & Easton College Scholarship

Write a 750 to 1,000-word essay on the following questions: What are the top three skills you are working to cultivate that will help you achieve your career goals?

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 31st, 2020

Agent Media Internet Marketing Scholarship 

Write an article on the topic given below.

“What in your opinion will be the most popular Internet Marketing trends in 2020? Discuss your reasoning.

Amount: $1,000   Deadline December 1st, 2020

The Ashoori Law Good Deeds Scholarship

Please write an essay of between 750 to 1,000 words introducing yourself, explaining your act of kindness, the impact it has had, and how it has shaped you.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: December 1, 2020

Community Leadership Scholarship

The Kryder Law Group, LLC encourages college-bound community leaders to apply for The Kryder Law Group, LLC Community Leadership Scholarship. Please write a 1,000-word essay on the topic and submit it with your application. “What are the three most important characteristics of a community leader and how has your life to date shown that you embody these characteristics?”

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: December 15, 2020

Seoreseller Digital Marketing Scholarship Program

Applicants must submit an essay of at least 500 works discussing the impact of digital marketing on their chosen field of study.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: December 15, 2020

Hey Tutor Scholarship

Write an essay of 1200+ words on the topic “How to Choose the Best Private Tutor for Your Child”

Amount: $500  Deadline: December 31, 2020

Guides4Homeowners Scholarship

Write an essay of 1200+ words on the topic “Six Things First Time Home Buyers Need To Know”

Amount: $500  Deadline: December 31, 2020

24/7 Doctor Answering Service Scholarship

Must submit a 500+ word essay answering the following three questions: In what ways do you think technology will improve customer satisfaction? What are the most important things you believe a business should focus on to ensure the highest level of customer service? What is most common complaint from customers, and could be done to remedy this problem?

Amount: $1,000   Deadline: December 1, 2020

January

February

The Nosarti Law College Scholarship

Write a 500-750 word essay on what will set you apart from others in your major or professional field. Other questions to consider as you write: What will you do to bring unique value to your work? What will you do to prevent being just mediocre in your vocation?

Amount: $1,000   Deadline: February 20, 2021

March

April

May

Lindsey Hoskins Helpers and Healers Scholarship

Answer the following prompt and questions in an essay of 1,000 words or less:

Describe what inspired you to want to help and heal people.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: May 1, 2021

Missouri Council Of the Blind Scholarship

Must be legally blind in both eyes, complete scholarship application, send transcripts, get 1 letter of recommendation, and provide proof of acceptance to post-secondary school.

Amount: up to $1,000   Deadline: May 1st, 2021

Graphic Web Design Scholarship Program

Knowledge of Graphic design software is as important in this field as an individual’s artistic ability. It’s desirable for students to have knowledge about the following: Adobe Photoshop — alter or edit existing images and the creation of complex images,  Adobe InDesign — page design and layouts, CorelDRAW Graphic Suite X7 — illustration, tracing, photo editing, and Adobe Dreamweaver — web page design. To Apply students will need to submit an essay of around 1500 to 2000 words. The winner would be selected on the quality of the essay you have submitted.

Amount: $5,000  Deadline: May 15, 2021

TechnoLabs Scholarship Program for Marketing Students

Create content for content marketing or make a video for product advertising.

Amount: $5,000  Deadline: May 15, 2021

TechnoLabs Graphic Web Design Scholarship

Create a work portfolio that highlights your design abilities and creative potential.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: May 15, 2021

TechnoLabs Engineering Scholarship

Submit a project relevant to your course of study within the engineering field.

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: May 15, 2021

Mobile Application Development Scholarship Program

To participate in this scholarship, you need to develop an innovative mobile app (iOS or Android) that can be helpful to the community or society as a whole.

Amount: $5,000  Deadline: May 31, 2021

June

First-Generation College Student Scholarship

The Kryder Law Group, LLC invites first-generation college students to apply for the law firm’s first-annual First-Generation College Student Scholarship.

Please compose a 1,000-word essay on the topic indicated below, save it as a PDF, and include it with the application form and other documentation you submit for consideration using the application form on this page.“What challenges do you anticipate as a first-generation college student in your family, and how do you foresee overcoming those challenges?”

Amount: $1,000  Deadline: June 15, 2022

July

Emergency Dentist Video Scholarship 

The scholarship will be a video submission, we’re looking for short, less than 2 minute long videos that focus on entertaining us, while being creative and innovative with your ideas!

Amount: $2,500 Deadline: July 1st, 2021

Multiple Deadlines

CFF Foundation education Award Scholarship

Submit an essay of up to 1500 words on one of the questions about fish.

Amount: $1,500  Deadline: Multiple Deadlines

Custody X Change Scholarship

The Custody X Change Giving Program awards three scholarships to single parents each year.

Term Amount Deadline Awarded By
Spring $1000 Dec 31 Jan 31
Summer $500 Apr 30 May 31
Fall $1000 Aug 31 Sep 30

The scholarship application window is open all year; each semester’s application window opens right after the previous semester’s deadline.

Where to mail outside scholarships

If you have received a scholarship from an outside donor, please use the following address:

Avila University
Business Office/Outside Scholarship
11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64145

Please request that outside scholarship checks are made payable to Avila University
Be sure to give your donor your student identification number and ask them to include it with your award. It’s helpful if the donor includes a letter explaining the award terms when they send the award check to campus.

Avoid Scams

Every year students and their families lose money to scam artists posing as legitimate scholarship funding agencies. To avoid being defrauded, be cautious about suspicious scholarship offers.

It might be a scam if:
  • You have to spend money to get money. Legitimate scholarship providers don’t charge application fees, “redemption” fees, or up-front taxes; nor do they ask students to make investments.
  • They want a bank account or credit card information. Trustworthy donors won’t ask for a credit card number to “hold” your award.
  • It’s guaranteed. No one can guarantee that you’ll receive a scholarship, and any promise of a money-back guarantee is a red flag.
  • You can’t find the information anywhere else. Scholarship agencies don’t keep information secret; they want to award scholarships. If a service promises to provide funds no one else knows about, be suspicious. 
  • You win a contest you don’t remember entering. If you receive a message saying you’ve been selected for an award or you’re a finalist in a competition you’ve never heard of, it might be a scam.
  • It sounds too good to be true. Trust your instincts. If you’re suspicious about an offer, you probably have a good reason.

Work study

Work-study is another option some students use to help finance their education. Federal work-study eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for a work-study award at Avila University, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Since work-study funds are limited, file the FAFSA as early as possible. If you are not awarded work-study as part of the initial award package, contact the Student Financial Services Office to be placed on the waiting list. If you are subsequently awarded a work-study award, you will receive a revised award notification via your Avila email account.

HOW TO FIND A JOB

1. Check the list of Open Available Jobs document (2020-21 Academic Year)
2. Contact Supervisors of jobs you are interested in.  Resumes, cover letters, and interviews may be required.
3. Your I-9 form will need to be on file with the Human Resources Office in Blasco Hall before you start working.

Questions? Just ask.

Shelby Brennon

Accounts Receivable Specialist Phone 816-501-3735 Email Shelby.Brennon@avila.edu

Deborah King

Asst Director of Student Financial Svcs-Business Operations Phone 816-501-3796 Email Deborah.King2@avila.edu

Maggie Lambi

Accts Receivable/Perkins Coordinator Phone 816-501-3741 Email Maggie.Lambi@avila.edu

Paula Tarwater

Financial Aid Coordinator Phone 816-501-3781 Email Paula.Tarwater@avila.edu

Avila University is proud to participate in the KC Scholars’ postsecondary network.

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