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Vicki Piña Scholarship Fund

Vicki Piña grew up in Nogales, Arizona, in a large, loving Lebanese family, and learned the value of hard work, perseverance, and strong family values. She attended the University of Arizona, married and had a daughter (Jennifer) and eventually became the owner of a successful printing and copying company. After selling her business Vicki worked as volunteer coordinator for Homeward Bound, a social service agency that assisted homeless women with families, mostly victims of domestic violence, to become financially stable and to secure permanent homes. Vicki had great appreciation for both education and community service, and great compassion for women whose life circumstances pose barriers to success. She devoted countless hours to community service through Soroptimist International of Phoenix, part of a worldwide volunteer organization. After serving as president of that organization Vicki went on to serve as a board member, officer and then governor of Soroptimist International of the Americas Golden West Region. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all that she encountered.


Vicki Piña had great appreciation for education and compassion for women whose life circumstances posed barriers to success.

This scholarship supports adult females with financial need in their pursuit of higher education at a post-secondary school in Arizona.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Adult female.
  • Enrolled and accepted as an undergraduate, graduate or adult re-entry student at an accredited trade/vocational, two-year or four-year school in Arizona.
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Award Details:

  • One time award disbursed in two equal payments, one per semester.
  • Award may be renewed contingent on available funds, and upon student maintaining criteria and enrollment (4 years total).

Supplemental Questions:

1. Describe your experience with domestic violence or a comparable hardship or obstacle, how it impacted your life, and how you showed perseverance and succeeded in spite of adversity.
2. Are you currently or were you a client of Homeward Bound?