Showing posts with label Scholarship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scholarship. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
● Adults 25 years or older with dependents
● College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
● Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support


"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting http://bit.ly/applynina.  Visit this page to begin the application process now: ow.ly/XvOWl

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Apply for Follett Textbook Scholarship!


Attending college and paying for tuition and books can be tough. Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can help with services, referrals and information you can use!  

Case in point-- if you have a financial need and cannot afford your textbooks you may be eligible for the Follett Scholarship at Rio Salado College.  

The criteria is as follows:

●  Student must be enrolled at Rio Salado
●  Student must have a 2.0 GPA
●  Student must have financial need
●  Student must submit an essay of no more than 500 words  describing financial situation.

Apply now via AcademicWorks. Deadline is January 1, 2016.


The award amount covers textbooks for the spring 2016 semester. Please contact Rio Salado's Counseling Department at 480-517-8540 for additional details.

Your Counseling Department is here to help in other ways! 
We encourage you to call on a counselor when you need help with issues such as: lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol & drug abuse prevention resources. 

Visit this web page for more details about counseling services available to you.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Insurance Scholarship Deadline Extended

Poster for scholarship.  Image of three peopel gathered around a table.  Text: Ensure Your Future.  New Scholarship Available!

The deadline for our new ‪Insurance Studies scholarship‬ has been extended to Dec. 3, 2015!  

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.


Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program.

Check out this blog post for additional details about Rio Salado's Insurance Studies program.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Federal Work Study Reduces Student Debt

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Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities that can help you pay for school while you gain valuable workforce experience.

FWS opportunities are need based. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.


Attention: Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

We hope you will consider joining our team!

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Scholarship Oppty for Insurance Studies!

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Ready to jump-start your career in the insurance industry?

Here's a new ‪scholarship‬ opportunity for you to begin Rio Salado's new ‪Insurance‬ Studies program! 

Apply now.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Insurance Studies focuses on general knowledge of the insurance industry, and touches on property and liability insurance, personal insurance and commercial insurance.


Students who complete the certificate can transfer to a variety of business programs offered at Arizona's public universities.

Rio Salado College collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges, the Maricopa Community College District  and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the program. Learn more about the development and purpose of this program in this blog post.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Scholarship time!

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Scholarships are great way to receive funding for your education but are often not easy to find. However, there is good news!

The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation has created a scholarship fund students can use as early as Spring 2016.


A few of the criteria requirements include:

● Must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
● Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges
● Must obtain at least two faculty signatures to submit with complete application


The application deadline to apply is October 15 and interested applicants need to visit maricopacollegesfacultyfoundation.wildapricot.org to learn all the details and how to apply.

Please note applicants will need to submit their application online, with a copy of an official or unofficial transcript, and a typed essay describing how the funds would benefit the applicant’s educational goals.

Be sure to review the additional scholarships available through the Maricopa Community College District that allow you to submit one application for multiple scholarships at mcccdf.academicworks.com.

This feature allows you to save time with the convenient one-time application and the deadline to apply is October 12.

Remember to take the time to have a colleague, mentor, teacher, or someone you trust review your applications and essays, if applicable, to search for grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors. Failing to thoroughly review your application packet can be the deciding factor to whether or not you receive the funding available to you.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

image of graduates. text: Pursue Your Dreams

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 maricopa.academicworks.com 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!

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 http://ow.ly/S9cYS.

To learn about the educator preparation pathway programs available to you through Rio Salado and NCU, visit ow.ly/SUS4G

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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Apply for All-AZ Scholarship by Oct. 26

2015 ALL-AZ Scholars Rex Moore and John Field with President Bustamante
Each year Rio Salado names two of its students to the All-Arizona Academic Team. The prestigious honor includes a tuition award to one of Arizona’s three state universities along with cash scholarships in the range of $500-$1,000.

The top scholars will also have an opportunity to apply for membership on the All-USA Community College Academic Team and additional awards.

The Rio Salado scholarship committee is seeking students who are engaged and making a difference in their communities.

Field at 2015 Commencement
The committee is looking for students who demonstrate some or all of the following qualities:

● Outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages (3.6 or higher)
● Participation in honors programs
● Awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement
● Service to the college and community

A major focal point of the application process is an essay, which students must submit to chronicle one significant endeavor or achievement as a community college student. The scholarship judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings.


Interested?
Please contact Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at StudentLife@riosalado.edu or by calling 480-517-8050 to secure criteria guidelines and the official application.

If you meet the criteria and want to be considered for the All-Arizona Team, please complete and submit your application via email to StudentLife@riosalado.edu by 8 a.m., Monday, October 26.

Learn about Rex Moore and John Field, last year's ALL-AZ scholars in this azcentral.com story.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rio Salado Student Receives Paralegal Scholarship


Rio Salado College student Kelli Burson received the 2015 Paralegal Scholarship from the Maricopa County Bar Foundation

Burson is currently enrolled in Rio Salado's paralegal certificate program, and will use the $1,000 scholarship for tuition, books, and other school expenses. Burson started at Rio Salado in January 2015.

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Burson was recommended for the scholarship by her Rio Salado instructor Melissa Koch, who wrote, “I sincerely recommend Kelli to be considered for this scholarship, for which she has evidenced through her effective communication and organizational skills that she will excel in a paralegal career.”


Angela Kwan, faculty chair for Rio Salado’s paralegal program, added, “We are very proud of Kelli and wish her continued good fortune in her studies and future career.”

Burson, one of two people to receive the scholarship, said it was easy to choose Rio Salado College to continue her education.

“Rio Salado has a great reputation in higher and continuing education,” Burson said. “They offer the paralegal certificate program, with the option of continuing on for an associate degree. And finally, Rio’s online classes suit my needs as a mother and caregiver.”

Burson decided to return to school to pursue a career in the paralegal field after a real-world experience.

“My husband and I were involved in a family law case where I did a lot of paperwork for court myself,” Burson said. “I enjoyed the minutia or small details of preparing and organizing documents for court.”

Burson even has a job lined up when she completes the program.

“My neighbor and dear friend is a lawyer and owns a law practice,” Burson said. “She offered me a job at her firm upon completion of the paralegal program. That was incentive to get the ball rolling and dive head first into a fabulous paralegal career.”

Burson, who maintains a 3.8 GPA, is taking 9 credits per semester, and plans on completing the degree program. She is especially grateful to receive the Maricopa County Bar Foundation Scholarship.
“The scholarship award means quite a bit to me and I am so honored to have been chosen as the recipient,” Burson said.
image of Burson with family

She added, “I have four beautiful daughters, I am a wife, and also help care for my grandmother with dementia. My husband works hard, but money is tight with a large family. Thanks to Rio Salado, I have found a balance to juggling school along with these other wonderful tasks I have been blessed with.”

Rio Salado offers a certificate and associate degree in paralegal studies. Online classes start most Mondays. To learn more visit riosalado.edu/paralegal

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tips to Help You Reduce College Debt

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Given that the average student loan debt in 2014 was nearly $30,000-- there's no denying that college can be expensive! 

Here are some tips and strategies from College USA Today to help you reduce the amount of debt you incur-- and the advantages of seeking other funding sources besides student loans.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Hundreds of Scholarships, One Application


The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for spring 2016.  The application deadline is October 12, 2015.

Foundation scholarships are privately funded opportunities open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students-- and in some cases, students attending other colleges and universities.

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

One general application, hundreds of scholarships. It will be well worth your time to apply!



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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Presidents' Scholarship Still Available!

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The Presidents' Scholarship is still available to Rio Salado College students who qualify!

The scholarship covers full time in-county tuition (up to 15 credits plus registration fees) for up to four consecutive fall and spring semesters.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your tuition paid for at Rio Salado College!

Contact the Rio Salado Honors Program to check your eligibility by calling 480-517-8284. 

Visit this web page for additional details and requirements.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Be A Leader Scholarship Opportunity



Are you interested in being a positive mentor for middle school students in your community?

The Be A Leader Foundation scholarship is designed for Rio Salado students who want to help local youth prepare for and consider a college education.

Students are asked to commit to nine months of mentorship, and are required to volunteer for five hours one Saturday per month. Selected students will be awarded a minimum of $500 for the 2015-16 academic year.

Am I eligible?
  • Any student may apply who has a GPA of 2.0 or higher and plans to take at least one Rio Salado course during both the fall and spring 2015-16 terms. Your GPA will be calculated for all courses taken with the Maricopa Community Colleges. If you have not taken any Maricopa courses, your GPA will be calculated based on your previous college grades or your high school grades.
  • Students who are native Spanish speakers or have some fluency with the Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.
  • You must have reliable transportation.
  • You must make the nine-month commitment. Most programs are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on one Saturday per month beginning in August, 2015.
Deadline

The application is available at: https://maricopa.academicworks.com/opportunities/10138.

You must log into your My.Maricopa account to apply.

All applications must be submitted by August 11, 2015.

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact John Bastian at John.Bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Noyce Scholar Teaches High School Science

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"The Noyce Scholarship program provided me with the opportunity to become a teacher," said Matthew Ford, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.
 
Ford teaches earth and forensic science at Chino Valley High School.
 
"In addition to the stipend, the program provided me with registration and advisement assistance, and access to learning from qualified teachers,” Ford said.
 
The Noyce Scholars program is accepting applications for 15 qualified candidates who are interested in earning a secondary Arizona teaching certificate in math or science for grades 6-12.
 
Participants are also given a generous $16,500 stipend to help with expenses.
 
The program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.
 
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.
 
Classes begin the first week of September.
 
Please note: The application process usually takes about one month to complete.
 
For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dual Enrollment Grad Student Spotlight

Megan Yousefelahi, a 2015 Rio Salado dual enrollment graduate from Tempe Desert Vista High School, was recently awarded a Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship, which will help her continue her educational journey at the University of Arizona this fall.

“The Homa and Irene Wood Foundation Scholarship means a chance to get higher education--a chance that I would have not otherwise received,” said Yousefelahi.

“My family's low income would have translated into not going to college and not having an opportunity to better my quality of life. I am so thankful to the Homa and Irene Wood Foundation for giving kids like me an opportunity to be first generation college graduates.”

Yousefelahi was one of a record-number of dual enrollment graduates who took part in the May 2015 Commencement ceremony, and among a select few to receive an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, all before graduating from high school!

“What I liked most about being a dual enrollment student was getting the opportunity to earn college credit that could be transferred over to my university,” said Yousefelahi.

“Now, I have completed all of my university's general education classes and requirements and can get a head start on my major. This also frees up time so I can look for a minor, double major, or get into internships or other research opportunities.”

Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.

"It has been so rewarding to work with Megan,” said Rio Salado College Dual Enrollment Site Coordinator Claudia Bermudez.

“For her to graduate from high school with an associate in science degree is truly exceptional. She is the ideal student-- smart, dedicated and goal driven. We know she will succeed at University of Arizona.”

Despite her academic workload, Yousefelahi was also an active member of Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“Being a member of a highly prestigious college organization gave me bragging rights to universities and scholarships. I was able to interact with college students and provide service to the community,” said Yousefelahi.

Yousefelahi plans to major in physiology at University of Arizona before applying to medical school.

“I picked medicine as my future career path as a young child because my mother has heart problems (which I too have inherited) therefore I decided to pursue a career involving cardiovascular complications,” said Yousefehali.

She hopes her story will inspire others to achieve their educational dreams.

“Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Ask a lot of questions and help with as many projects as you can. High school is a great time to gain experience and knowledge,” said Yousefelahi.

“You will be able to take all your experiences with you to college and mold yourself to be the person you have always wanted to be, but that doesn't happen if you are afraid of trying something new!”

For more details about Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, including scholarship opportunities, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual or call 480-517-8080.

Learn how you can make the most of your time, energy and experience in college through Rio Salado’s programs and services. 

Pictured above: Desert Vista High School / Rio Salado 2015 dual enrollment graduates Chase Boeke, Angelique Cappo, Rex Moore, Megan Yousefelahi and Sepehr Rostamzadeh

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noyce Program Paved the Way for Mesa Teacher


image shows photo of Noyce Scholar recipient Tom Hagen.
Tom Hagen recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped him prepare for a new career as an algebra teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

"The Noyce Scholar program made a huge difference on my journey to my teaching certification," said Hagen. 
"Not only did they provide a stipend which helped on the tuition end, but they provided a learning community that made a huge difference in support and encouragement."

"Both my fellow Noyce Scholars and the faculty and staff at Rio Salado and the Noyce Scholar program provided many learning opportunities and much-needed support. It made the process an exciting and joyful event."

Hagen is one of 28 scholars who have completed the program. There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Noyce Scholar Recareers as Math Teacher


Lindsey Buckles is one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped her quickly transition from an actuary career to become a middle school teacher in Prescott Valley.

“Being a Noyce Scholar has been such a great experience for me,” said Buckles. “I have received so much support and additional resources from the program and other scholars that I would not have received otherwise. It is such a great program that has made me the teacher I am today.”

Buckles teaches 8th grade math at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce Scholarship applicants, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

This story by Prescott Valley Tribune Reporter Sue Tone provides additional insights into Buckles journey into teaching.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grant Helps STEM Pros Recareer as Teachers

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Fifteen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals have a chance at recareering as secondary classroom teachers through Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program. Qualified candidates will benefit from a generous $16.5K stipend provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rio Salado’s fast-track teacher education program.

The next deadline to apply is July 24, 2015. 

Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.

It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.

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“I attended Rio’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Orientation,” said Westersund. “The instructor put up a slide with three questions: Do you like math and science? Are you needing to recareer? Do you want to help others learn? And I said, yes, that’s me.”

“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”

Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November and received her teacher certification in January. She plans to teach honors algebra and financial algebra at Horizon Community of Learning Charter School in Phoenix. Westersund is one of 28 Rio Salado students who has already completed the program.

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.
The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient. 

“Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview. Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.

Classes for the next cohort begin the first week of September. For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.

Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 Employee Giving Campaign Successes

Rio Salado employees come together every spring to participate in the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign (EGC) to help raise funds in support of scholarships as a part of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

This year Rio Salado employees raised a record-breaking $25,124 from 160 donors - $8,124 more than its projected goal!

The success of this campaign is a testament to the commitment Rio Salado employees have to making education affordable and accessible.

"The annual campaign raises funds for scholarships to encourage and support education as a transformational experience," said Rio Salado Coordinator of Public Programs Deborah Spotts.

A 2014-15 Rio Salado scholarship recipient is Joe Jacobson, Jr. a USMC veteran who serves as a Veteran Assistant at the East Valley Veterans Education Center.

“I am grateful for We Are Rio... it was a stepping stone for me in completing my associate degree and moving on to ASU," said Jacobson.

Jacobson will graduate with an associate degree on May 15 from Mesa Community College and begin his program at Arizona State University on May 18. He plans to major in Public Service-Community Resolutions (Business) with a minor in American Indian Studies.

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

Scholarships are available every semester by applying online at mcccdf.academicworks.com

Pictured above: Rio Salado Acting Chief Information Officer David O’Shea, Joe Jacobson and Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante.