Scholarships and Awards

Aurora Gives Scholars

Through a unique partnership between the CCA Foundation and Aurora Public Schools’ Aurora LIGHTS Career Pathways, the CCA Foundation is providing graduating high school seniors with debt-free access to an associate degree from CCA in two years or less.

Students must be nominated by an Aurora LIGHTS Career Pathways coordinator in order to qualify for the Aurora Gives Scholars scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship requires each recipient to: forego application for and receipt of federal or private student loans; maintain a GPA of 3.0; participate in the work study program; take consecutive semesters; declare a major; complete his/her degree in two years or less; and participate in financial literacy courses each semester all while enrolled at CCA.

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Fast Forward Scholarship

Thousands of Aurora area high school students are part of a program that allows them to take CCA classes to earn college credit and credit toward high school graduation.  The CCA Foundation provides these Concurrent Enrollment students with the opportunity to continue and complete their education at CCA.

Students must participate in Concurrent Enrollment with CCA and be nominated by a participating sponsor in order to qualify for the Fast Forward scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship requires each recipient to: have graduated from a participating concurrent enrollment Aurora-area high school; enroll at CCA full-time (12+ credit hours); maintain a 3.0 GPA; and be involved in a Student Success Center Program all while enrolled at CCA.

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General Scholarships

CCA Foundation scholarships are awarded each academic year and offer students the opportunity to earn an associate degree or its equivalent, establish eligibility to transfer to a four-year institution, or certify in a vocation that provides a family-sustaining wage. Scholarship beneficiaries range from working students to those specializing in specific fields such as math, art and the health occupations.


Other Spring 2016 Scholarships include:

The COSI Scholarship & Caterpillar Scholarship

Application Process for General Scholarships

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    For assistance consider visiting the FAFSA Workroom.
  2. Letter of Recommendation Guidelines and Tips
    Ask two individuals to write a letter of recommendation for you.
  3. Write an Essay (Essay Guidelines and Tips)
    Essay will need to be uploaded on the scholarship management software (step 5).
  4. Access your student email
    CCCS student email is needed to complete online scholarship application.
  5. Complete the NEW CCA Foundation Scholarship Application online