Private Scholarships

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You may also want to explore private scholarship opportunities. Local communities and national organizations offer a multitude of private scholarships. Check with local organizations such as Rotary International, Kiwanis Club, Elks Club, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), American Legion, Lions Club, YMCA, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which all award scholarships on a local level. Look in the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory or online for the telephone numbers of these organizations. Check your local newspapers for announcements of scholarships awarded to local students, and then contact these organizations about how to apply for the next round of scholarships. The newspaper announcements usually occur between March and June, when most scholarships are awarded. You can browse through past issues of newspapers at your local library to find announcements. There is no one place to refer you to, so you will need to do a scholarship search on the web. Be careful not to pay anyone to help you with this information. There are plenty of these sites that are free.

If you will be or have recently graduated from high school, your guidance counselor is usually the best source of local scholarship information. Most local organizations provide information to high school guidance offices on a regular basis.

**Note: The Financial Aid Office is not responsible for processing scholarship applications. All students are responsible for contacting the scholarship-granting agency and ensuring that all requirements are met.

The Scholarship Board

Click here for important information regarding how NWCCD processes private scholarships


All scholarship opportunities, both internal and external, can be found on the NWCCD Scholarship Application website

(Click on Scholarship Name for Available Application)

AAUW Scholarship.  The Cody Branch of the American Association of University Women will be awarding a $1,000.00 scholarship on May 1st each year. Preference for this scholarship is given to Cody area women who will be at the junior, senior or graduate level of college in their next semester.

Selection for the scholarship is based on scholastic ability, financial need, an indication of commitment to one’s chosen field, and the overall quality of the application. Deadline for the application is April 1 each year.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship or need more information, please contact Doneen Fitzsimmons at 307-250-1979.  You can also contact Brenda Haseman in the Financial Aid Office at for an application.

Hawthorn Foundation Scholarships – The Hawthorn Foundation provides money to those individuals that are non-traditional students residing in Wyoming and planning to attend college on a full-time basis at any accredited U.S. school they may choose.  NO DEADLINE.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund – Applications for the 2015-2016 year will open in September 2014.

John and Amie Auxiliary Scholarship – NO DEADLINE.  NEW REQUIREMENTS AS OF 11/11/2014: Applicant must be a resident of Johnson County, WY.  Preference will be given to employees of the Johnson County Memorial Hospital or Amie Holt Care Center.  Applicant must be enrolled in a recognized nursing or health care related program.  Approved applicant will receive up to $500 for the first semester, which is half of the yearly scholarship.  An additional amount of up to $500 will be awarded for the second semester after the Auxiliary receives a transcript showing the student has maintained an acceptable GPA of at least 2.5 for the previous semester.  The applicant may receive up to $1000 per year.

Please contact the NWCCD Scholarship Coordinator at to obtain an application.

The Craig & Susan Thomas Foundation – The Craig & Susan Thomas Foundation Scholarship is available to students who are NOT eligible for the Hathaway Scholarship.  Please visit their website for further details:

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Minority Students – A guidebook created by AccreditedSchoolsOnline dedicated to helping minority students navigate the often-challenging issues of financial aid, scholarships, and college affordability.  This guidebook includes expert advice and resources in key cost-related areas.  Please visit for further information.

Please visit for all available scholarships (both external and internal opportunities).