Friday, February 10, 2017

We Are Rio Scholarship Inspires Student Success

photo of Abdul Ahmed

Abdul Ahmed has found a new source of inspiration-- and the support he needs to achieve his educational goals. He is a 2015-16 recipient of the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign, a part of a Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCDF) employee giving initiative to help raise funds in support of scholarships for Rio Salado students.

Ahmed is a Rio Salado customer service representative and a full-time student who is pursuing a degree in Public Administration through Rio Salado’s 90/30 university transfer program with Northern Arizona University.
“By awarding me the We Are Rio scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school-- learning,” said Ahmed. “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”
Rio Salado employees come together every spring to raise funds for the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign. During the 2016 campaign, the college raised more than $22,000 for student scholarships.

group shot of Rio Salado Employees

“The level of participation and success of this campaign exemplifies the generosity of Rio Salado employees and their commitment to making education affordable and accessible,” said Rio Salado Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Information Services, and Chair for the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign David O’Shea.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit this web page to learn how you can make a difference.

group shot of MCCCDF scholars and MCCCDF logo

The We Are Rio scholarship is one of several exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado students, and one of hundreds of scholarships that are available through MCCCDF.

MCCCDF fall applications will be accepted Feb. 1 – March 10. Visit to view opportunities available to you.

Check out this blog post for tips on how to apply.