Academic Partners

A Word from our Arizona Academic Partners... 

Dr. Michael Crow - President, Arizona State University
"The ARCS Foundation’s steadfast commitment to our graduate students is critical to the achievement of their ambitious educational goals. The ARCS Foundation Award enables students to continue their education and work toward becoming tomorrow’s national leaders in science, engineering, technology and healthcare. We share the Foundation’s vision for a technologically strong and internationally competitive America and appreciate its commitment to translating that vision into action through support for higher education."
Dr. José Luis Cruz Rivera - President, Northern Arizona University
During his first year of service, President Cruz Rivera collaborated with university stakeholders in the development of the NAU 2025 – Elevating Excellence strategic roadmap. The roadmap, which articulates a bold vision for a New NAU, has inspired several impactful initiatives that are delivering equitable postsecondary value to the students and communities of Arizona and beyond, as highlighted in NAU’s 2023 State of the University address. 

Prior to joining NAU, Dr. Cruz Rivera served as President of The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Herbert H. Lehman College (Bronx, NY) and as Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost of the 25-campus, 500,000-student CUNY system—the world’s largest urban university. Previously, Cruz Rivera served as provost of California State University, Fullerton. He is a former vice president of Higher Education Policy and Practice at The Education Trust in Washington, DC and a former Chief Student Affairs Officer for the University of Puerto Rico system. He began his career as a faculty member in engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, rising through the ranks and serving as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and dean of Academic Affairs. 

Dr. Robert C. Robbins - President, University of Arizona 
"The ARCS Foundation’s scholar program complements the University of Arizona’s commitment to bringing the best scientific, medical and technical training to the Arizona workforce. The ARCS scholars are the scientific leaders of the future, who will address society’s greatest challenges. We’re proud to partner with the foundation. The funding that ARCS provides gives these young visionaries critical funding in the early to mid stages of their studies and research and allows the scholars to become the best in their fields. The ARCS Scholars go on to successful positions in industry, academia, and medicine. The University of Arizona is grateful for the long-standing and visionary support from the ARCS Foundation Phoenix Chapter."

University Support Through ARCS Scholar Awards

A Phoenix ARCS Scholar Award is a prestigious, unrestricted award of $8,500 per year that provides an essential tool for retaining top students at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona. All scholars must apply through their universities on an annual basis. Since 1977, a total of $6,625,750 has been distributed by ARCS Foundation Phoenix to 1,052 scholars from the three state universities.