About the Scholarship

The Ab Irvine Scholarship is awarded to the legal residents of the states within the Great Southwest District who are college junior, senior, or graduate students pursuing a study program in the fields related to Learning Disabilities, Allied Health Professions, Deaf/ Blind Education, Special Education, and Mental Health Professions.

The scholarship program is administered by the Santa Fe Civitan Club, established by the Great Southwest Civitan Foundation, Inc.

The funding for the financial aid program is received from Ab Irvine and the donations from District Clubs.


Ab Irvine Scholarship Awards

  • The scholarship program is awarded to 3 students based on the eligibility criteria set by the financial aid office of the Foundation.

  • The recipient of the first prize is awarded an amount of $1750, second prize $1000 and the student who reaches the third place is awarded $750.

  • The applicants must be enrolled for a course of study in an eligible field.

  • The scholarship amount can be used to be to pay the tuition and fees or for books and supply.


Ab Irvine Scholarship Application

The applicant must complete the application form available on the official website of the Foundation with accurate details and submit it along with the following documents:

  • A narrative essay of not more than 2 pages about the field of study of the student.

  • 2 letters of recommendation from employers, professors or advisors.

  • An unofficial academic transcript.

The application forms are available at the financial aid office of the university or college the student is enrolled in.


Ab Irvine Scholarship Application Deadline

The applicants must complete the application by June 10th without fail. No applications or related documents will be accepted past the deadline.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be enrolled as a junior, senior or graduate student at an institution in New Mexico, Colorado or Texas.

  • The student should be a legal resident of New Mexico, Colorado or El Paso County, Texas.

  • The student should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • The student should have career plans to work with children with special needs.