Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.  You have until October 12, 2015 to submit your application! 

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund, the Dr. Harry E. Whyte Memorial Scholarship for Dental Hygiene students and the Rio Salado College/Helios Foundation Teacher Certification Scholarship Program.

Visit and enter “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships.

Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

Rio Salado students who need additional help are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling team for assistance.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. It will be well worth your time to apply!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Rio Salado in the News!

headline from East Valley Tribune story about Rio Salado grant.

The word is getting out about a $2.6 million grant Rio Salado will receive from the U.S. Department of Education to support innovation and improve student outcomes.

This online story by East Valley Tribune reporter James Gingerich provides insights into how Rio Salado will use the funding to help new students succeed. It includes comments from Rio Salado Dean of Instruction Shannon McCarty and Interim Dean of Instructional Technology Michael Medlock, who are leading this new grant initiative.

Learn more by watching the Oct. 5 edition of Cronkite News at for a report by Kendall Bartley and visit for additional coverage by 3TV Phoenix reporter Erika Flores.

4th Annual Camino al Éxito Education Fair

Image from event video: Feria de Educacion Camino al Exito 2015

On October 10, 2015, Expect More Arizona, Univision Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation will host the Camino al Éxito Education Fair. This fourth annual event will take place at South Mountain Community College, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The event will serve approximately 3,500 Latino parents and students of all ages, who will have a chance to experience a robust resource fair with exhibits, including a special reading garden where kids under five will receive a free book.

Parents and family members will also have an opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics, such as college readiness, financial aid and early learning.

Local and national talent from Univision will take part to meet and greet event attendees.

We hope you'll do your part to help Rio Salado College increase awareness about this community event.

Early Registration Begins Oct. 5

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Take advantage of early registration for spring 2016! 

Current students, veterans and their families can begin registration as early as Monday, Oct. 5. New students can begin Oct. 12. Visit when you're ready to get started.

In the meantime, visit to see which of Rio Salado's 600+ online classes work for you.

For additional details about Rio Salado enrollment, visit

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NCU Scholarship Opportunities for New Students

Image of someone clicking on a virtual link via NCU logo.  Text: Apply now for an NCU Trailblazer Scholarship.

Northcentral University announces nine Trailblazer Scholarships‬ to new students and alumni who have applied to an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program by October 26, 2015.

For each course taken and paid for by the recipient, NCU will provide their next course at no tuition cost, which equates to funding half of the student’s total graduate-level tuition

For all the details and to learn more about how you can win an NCU Trailblazer Scholarship and achieve your academic goals, visit

To learn about the educator preparation pathway programs available to you through Rio Salado and NCU, visit

Rio Salado Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and Rio Salado College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.