100 Club of Arizona Scholarship Fund
The 100 Club of Arizona Scholarship program provides financial education assistance to public safety officers, firefighters, and their immediate family members throughout the state of Arizona.
To donate please visit: https://www.100club.org
- Undergraduate studies in upcoming school year (trade/vocational schools, community college, or university studies)
- Graduating high school senior or student currently enrolled and continuing in undergraduate studies
- Minimum GPA of 2.8 (unweighted for current HS seniors)
- Students can apply again in subsequent years for consideration
Alexandra Ryan Swanson Live Your Dream
Amy Wasserman Scholarship Fund
Amy Wasserman was dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids. Her life was about helping at-risk kids overcome the cultural, social and economic barriers that enclose them; and empowering them with the self-esteem to stay away from gangs and drugs, and instill belief that they had a real chance to achieve the American Dream.
She would say her greatest reward was seeing one of “her kids” obtain higher education, break the chains of poverty and build a thriving successful life.
There could be no finer tribute to her memory, nor more apt expression of her legacy than to establish a Scholarship Fund to help her former students at Nevitt Elementary School, and other kids like them, obtain a higher education as foundation for a better life.
Arizona City/County Management Association Esser & Andrews Scholarship Fund
The Arizona City/County Management Association was established in 1954. It is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge and ability of city, town, and county managers, as well as other local government administrators and to strengthen the quality of local government in the State of Arizona through professional management, education, training, and the mutual exchange of information.
The ACMA cooperates with the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, the International City/County Management Association, various public institutions of higher learning in Arizona, and other organizations dedicated to supporting and promoting local government management. The organization was incorporated in 1998. It currently has approximately 280 members and is staffed by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
Marvin A. Andrews Scholarship/Internship
The Andrews Scholarship was initiated in 1990 in honor of the dedicated years of service by Marvin Andrews, former City Manager of Phoenix, to local government in Arizona. The Andrews Scholarship is sponsored by ACMA and is designed to honor and financially assist Arizona students in public administration, public policy or undergrad students working towards their Masters of Public Administration degree who aspire to a career in local government management. A scholarship is awarded to a full-time student attending either Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University or the University of Arizona who has exhibited strong academic achievement. In addition to the monetary award, the Andrews Scholarship recipient will be given the opportunity for a paid internship stipend of $6,000 with a participating Arizona city, town, or county. The purpose of the internship is to provide the scholarship recipient with professional experience and training in an Arizona city or town with a population of less than 50,000 or a county with a population of less than 200,000. This paid summer internship is provided through ACMA Scholarship funds and matching funds from the city, town, or county providing the internship. The Andrews Scholarship recipient will also be awarded a complimentary year of ACMA Student Membership.
The scholarship is open to Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Policy students as well as undergraduates in political science, planning, sustainability programs and the universities’ honors colleges. Masters students will still need to have completed nine hours by December. Undergrad students will need to have 72 hours completed by December.
Students not selected as the recipient will have the opportunity to interview with hosts that are not selected by the scholarship recipient. If this opportunity is available, students that applied and interviewed for the internship will be notified in March.
Charles A. Esser Memorial Scholarship
The Esser Scholarship program was initiated in 1973 in honor and memory of Charles A. Esser, former City Manager of Phoenix. Sponsored by ACMA, the scholarship is designed to honor and financially assist Arizona graduate students in public administration who aspire to a career in local government management. The scholarship is awarded annually to an MPA student attending either Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona or Grand Canyon University who is currently working or aspiring to work in local government and who has exhibited strong academic achievement.
Interviews will be held the week of December 12 at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, 1820 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Applicants will be notified on December 3 of interview date and times. Selected recipients of the Andrews and Esser scholarships are asked to attend the ACMA Winter Conference in Sedona, Arizona on February 2, 2017. Recipients will receive one complimentary room night and conference registration.
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been a vibrant part of the state’s business community for over 64 years. It has an established reputation of actively promoting small business growth in today’s increasingly diversified market. The AZHCC serves as the primary advocate for Latino-owned businesses statewide by offering seminars, workshops, marketing and networking events, as well as a variety of well established, high-profile sponsorship opportunities for our corporate and community partners. The AZHCC is a vital link to growing power and influence of the Latino business and consumer market and the health and prosperity of the state and national economy.
Austin S. Hicks Hope and Promise Scholarship Fund
Austin Sterling Hicks, 17, son of Jay and Jennifer Hicks and brother of Alex Hicks passed away October 17, 2014. Austin was born April 23, 1997 and was a senior at Chaparral High School. Austin was an amazing son, brother, grandson, Boy Scout, gymnastic instructor and friend to all who had the good fortune to meet and know him. His beautiful spirit and smile brought hope and promise to our world. We will miss him dearly.
To a young girl born in Mobridge, South Dakota in 1922, the life of a stewardess was seen as exciting and glamorous…but there was a catch. In order to qualify as a stewardess, in those days you had to first become a registered nurse.
Undaunted, Barbara Caldwell Shay entered the Anker School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated at a dramatic point in this country’s history. The country was at war and several of her fellow graduates wore cadet uniforms to the graduation ceremony. In a letter written to her parents in May of 1944, Barbara said,
“The ceremony was impressive as 1500 student nurses marched in formation 8-across in a solid bank in front of the auditorium. The University of Minnesota band played “the Star Spangled Banner.” A number of national figures took part (by radio) to honor 96,000 cadets nation wide.”
Barbara’s eyes, however, were still on the skies and when she graduated, she found employment as a stewardess at Western Airlines. She travelled the country fulfilling her dream, but eventually Barbara wanted to settle down, marry and raise a family. She traded in her wings for work as a nurse. During the course of her nursing career, Barbara worked both as a hospital and then as a doctor’s nurse. Eventually, she worked for the county and, subsequently, served as a school nurse in Yuma, Arizona for many years.
Barbara was nothing if not loyal. She and her fellow nursing school classmates attended annual reunions for nearly 50 years, the last one ten years ago in Scottsdale. The nurses truly enjoyed each other’s company and loved to laugh and reminisce. Barbara was known for her sense of humor; she loved to have a great time!
How do you honor a woman such as this…full of life and profoundly dedicated to her profession? Her son, Dan Shay and his wife, Bobbi, felt Barbara would be pleased to know a scholarship was established in her name which encouraged young people to enter the field of nursing. To that end, the Shays created the Barbara Shay Memorial Nursing Scholarship at the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma. Graduating students from Kofa and Cibola High Schools who are accepted in the Arizona Western College nursing program as full-time students, may apply for this scholarship.
Catherine M. Newman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cathy was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew-up in Amarillo, Texas. She understood the challenge of financing a college education; she supported herself through college and graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in microbiology. She put that degree to good use, working for 15 years in environmental (water quality) research and regulatory compliance. Everywhere she worked, she was respected for her hard work, admired for her technical competence, and loved for the respect and admiration she returned to her co-workers.
Eventually, Cathy’s focus turned to family – raising 2 kids and being a great Mom and Wife. And as this life-role unfurled, she became committed to finding and harnessing the strengths of people around her. She took on leadership of the annual fund raising auction for the Waldorf School’s in Seattle and Phoenix, and helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars to support these charter schools. Later, she became a youth volleyball coach at the YMCA in Ahwatukee (Phoenix, Arizona). Cathy developed a love for volleyball while in high school and she harnessed this passion into a commitment to be the best volleyball coach she could be, always focusing on teaching improvement and sportsmanship over winning. Her players loved her.
Bridging across all of Cathy’s life was a passion for writing. Though she never scored the published work she dreamed of, she always had the greatest respect for those who followed their dreams and became accomplished writers.
Thus, the criteria established for this scholarship award is a reflection of Cathy’s values:
• Interest in the sciences, including math and engineering;
• Interest in writing, and journalism;
• Commitment to academic achievement;
• Commitment to community service.
You may also donate to this fund by check payable to;
Catherine M. Newman Memorial Scholarship Fund
ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
2201 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Desert Mountain Community Foundation
The Desert Mountain Community Foundation is a community-based charitable fund that facilitates philanthropic support for community programs and facilities that can include art education, schools, museums, cultural centers, and medical
facilities. At the recommendation of its Advisory Board, the Desert Mountain Community Foundation awards grants to
those 501©(3) organizations that will benefit the Desert Mountain community.
Dougherty Foundation Scholarship
M.J.G. Dougherty and wife Bess established the Dougherty Foundation as a non-profit educational trust in 1954. Its purpose was “to assist deserving and qualified students who would not otherwise be able to continue their undergraduate or post graduate education.” At that time, the Foundation offered low interest loans to students whose parents were not able to pay college expenses. Scholarship awards were added as funds became available.
M.J.G. Dougherty, or Colonel Dougherty as he was widely known, played an important role in the history of Mesa, Arizona. He was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of the Territory of Arizona in November, 1909.
Born in Franklin, Kewanee County, Wisconsin on May 19, 1880, the son of a lumberman, M.J.G. received his education in the public schools of his home town. He attended St. James Academy and Stevens Point State College and graduated from Wisconsin State Teachers College in 1906. He received his law degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1908. In 1909, he married Bessis L. Severn, a college classmate and talented musician who was born in Cuba, New York in 1878.
Though childless, the Dougherty’s had a keen interest in education and in helping students. The idea for the Foundation grew out of the Dougherty’s love for children and education.
Gene Shay Memorial Scholarship Fund
Gene Shay was born in Edgemont, South Dakota on 7 August 1922. His family moved to Mobridge, South Dakota in 1937 where he graduated from Mobridge High School in 1940. During World War II he served in the United States Navy as a signalman. After World War II he returned to Mobridge and worked with his father at Shay Oil Company, which his father had started in the 1930’s.
In 1947 he married Barbara Caldwell from Mobridge. He and Barbara had two sons, James and Daniel. After too many cold South Dakota winters, Gene and Barbara and their two sons arrived in Yuma, Arizona in the summer of 1961.
Shay Oil Company Inc. in Yuma began with one location in 1961. The company had the first self-serve gas station in Yuma. At the time of Gene Shay’s death from a heart attack on 3 February 1983, the family business was in the process of converting a service bay station into their first convenience store.
Daniel Shay became President of Shay Oil Company Inc. in 1983, to become the third generation to lead the family business, which has grown to 19 locations throughout Yuma County as of 2013. To honor the legacy of the business acumen, integrity, and pioneering expertise of Gene Shay, his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Bobbi Shay, have established the Gene Shay Memorial Scholarship.
Jeffrey David McClelland
Jeffrey David McClelland was born March 31, 1959 in Saginaw, Michigan, but grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. His father’s work for S.C. Johnson Wax took the family to Brazil from 1970 to 1974, giving Jeff the opportunity to learn Portuguese and to develop his interest in traveling and learning about new places and cultures.
Jeff attended Northwestern University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1980 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a commission in the United States Navy. He went to flight school in Pensacola and continued his training in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he also served as a Flight Instructor. He then was stationed at Moffitt Field, CA, flying P-3 anti-submarine warfare planes. His numerous deployments took him to places such as Alaska, Japan, Africa, and the Middle East. Jeff left active duty in 1986 but remained in the Naval Reserves until his 20-year retirement as a Commander.
After receiving his MBA from the Stanford Business School, Jeff began his commercial aviation career as a Financial Analyst with American Airlines. After three years, he moved to Northwest Airlines, where he worked for nearly a decade in senior management positions in both finance and operations. In 1999, Jeff was hired by Phoenix-based America West Airlines as Senior Vice President of Operations to lead the turnaround of the airline’s significant operating challenges. He was named Chief Operating Officer the day before September 11, 2001 and continued to lead the airline’s operational recovery in the wake of that event. He was instrumental in the merger of America West and US Airways in 2005 and afterwards assumed a new position as Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for finance, legal affairs, human resources, labor relations, properties and facilities, and two wholly-owned subsidiary operations. He also proudly served as a board member of the Arizona Science Center.
Jeff was a brilliant executive but liked nothing better than to be out among the airline’s operations. He especially loved all things associated with flight and had the highest regard for the aviation professionals in the flight center. With that in mind, the airline also renamed its flight center building in Phoenix the Jeffrey D. McClelland Flight Center.
Upon Jeff’s passing at age 47 after a four year fight with cancer, the airline issued the following statement:
“Jeff’s contributions, which are too numerous to list, went well beyond any job title. He brought insight, depth and vision to our airline and he did so with an unparalleled work ethic and the utmost integrity. He was the embodiment of leadership by example, setting a standard that drove those of us who worked with him to be better executives and better people. Jeff dealt with his disease the same way he approached every other challenge: with resolve and a quiet determination. He never complained or asked for help, choosing instead to keep his battle private while continuing to come to work and contribute well beyond what any reasonable person would expect.”
Above all, Jeff loved his family—his wife and their four boys; his parents and his two brothers, and all his extended family.
Kenneth N. Harrison
Kenneth N. Harrison believed in serving his country. He enlisted in the US Navy after he finished high school, serving honorably in the Korean War aboard the Bon Homme Richard and the Oriskany aircraft carriers.
After separating from the service, Ken began a 25 year career with the Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma Fire Department.
Reflecting his era and life experience, Ken was a proud member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
His death profoundly touched not only his family, but his many friends and acquaintances. “He was like a father figure to me in many ways,” said one of those friends.
He had an abiding interest in restoring old cars and was particularly proud of his work as a fire fighter. Because of those interests, caring anonymous donors established a scholarship at the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma in his name. The Kenneth N. Harrison Memorial Scholarship will benefit graduates of Yuma High School who plan to pursue studies in fire science or automotive technology.
Kieren McErlain Williams Memorial Scholarship
The Kieren McErlain Williams Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010 in memory of a young man who loved science and nature. His warmth, wisdom and wit created a magnetic force and he lived for goodness, kindness, humor and love.
Marion F. Griffin
Marion Griffin was born to pioneer parents in Gadsden, AZ in 1924. He passed away July 10, 2006, after a lifetime of farming in the Yuma area. A humble, determined man, his career produced a successful farming operation. For years, he was a partner in G &S Produce where winter produce and summer melons were their specialty. He then continued with Griffin Ranches until his death, growing a variety of crops.
Marion attended Gadsden School and Yuma High School, before leaving for the University of Arizona. He was active in both local and state Future Farmers of America and enjoyed seeing the youth of our area continue to participate in agriculture-related activities. His enthusiasm for farming was high up until the very end. He was always interested in new equipment, new techniques, new crops and the market price, or the status, of every acre of ground he monitored. Marion’s love of farming was evident in all his actions.
To honor his life, the Marion F. Griffin Memorial U of A Agriculture Scholarship has been established at the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma. Marion Griffin felt students should be given an opportunity to experience their agriculture college life away from their hometown. Therefore, the scholarship is for Yuma area students who have a financial need and who want to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Marion was loved and respected by many, evidenced by the fact there have been more than 75 contributions to this fund.
Maverick Albert Campisi Memorial Scholarship
Maverick Campisi was an Ironwood Ridge High School student. He would have been a 2018 graduate. Maverick died by suicide on June 17, 2016 just four short weeks after his sophomore year. He loved volleyball, basketball, weight lifting/work outs and on-line gaming. He had his driver’s license early his sophomore year. So, he was constantly on the move with his friends. Outgoing and friendly, he was known by many at school.
National Association of Women in Construction - Greater Phoenix Chapter No. 98
NAWIC is a nationwide association of women working in all facets of the construction industry. Its Core Purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. For over fifty years the Greater Phoenix chapter has focused on the education necessary to meet this mission. Monthly speakers, seminars and scholarships are just a few of the activities the chapter uses to educate current and future members of the construction industry. By participating in community outreach and volunteer opportunities, NAWIC Greater Phoenix strives to demonstrate the heart of the industry.
This scholarship is made possible by generous support from construction industry donors. In 2015, our Red Rose Bowling Event raised over $17,000 for the endowment. Red Rose sponsors included ALB Piping Products & Services, Bel-Aire Mechanical, Inc., Cannon & Wendt Electric Co., Chasse Building Team, Contractors Landfill & Recycling, Coreslab Structures, DPR Construction, H & E Equipment, HKS, Inc., Hagen Business Systems, Hunt Construction Group, Inc., Hunter Hagan & Company, Ltd., McGough Construction, Performance Contracting, Inc., R&R Construction Materials, Inc., Sun Valley Supply Co., Sundt Construction, Sunstate Equipment and Winroc.
Andrea Nicole “Nikki” Ferguson was born on May 10th, 1985 at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Other than a year in Japan, she lived her life in Yuma, attending Ronald Reagan Fundamental School, Crane Jr. High, Arizona Western College and Yuma High.
A fighter from the start, immediately after her birth she was flown to Tucson Medical Center where she underwent several surgeries in her first few days of life. After her first birthday she faced reconstruction surgery on her hand and was told she could do anything in life but play the piano. To those who knew Nikki, it is no surprise that by age 8 she could play the piano with the best of them. From the beginning of her life Nikki never backed away from any challenge, and prevailed over any obstacle that got in her way.
Her senior year at Yuma High was particularly busy as she maintained her Honors status, worked at Barnes & Noble Coffeshop, attended AWC and participated in all the other fun activities that go along with being Senior in High School. Nikki’s strong personality and drive was contagious. Her positive impact on her fellow students at Yuma High School was evidenced by the dozens of testimonial letters her parents received from Nikki’s fellow students, teachers and friends.
Her years as a volunteer at Yuma Regional Medical Center inspired her to work towards a career in nursing, and at the same time, her employment experiences at Dairy Queen, Barnes & Noble and participation in DECA and COE at Yuma High created an interest in a business career.
It is with joy and love that the “Nikki Ferguson Healthcare/Business Scholarship Fund” is established at Yuma High School. Prayerfully, this will enable future “Yuma Criminals” to pursue careers in Health or Business professions and although her life was cut much to short, Nikki’s dream of service to the community will live on through others.
Northern Arizona Scholarship Fund
Scholarships from this fund support the continuing education of students who have already graduated from Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, AZ. Applicants must be previous winners of scholarships from the Northern Arizona Fund of Mingus Connection (Cottonwood). Scholarship awards are in the amount of $2,000.
Pat Marr Memorial Scholarship for Vocational Excellence
Pat Marr grew up in Wisner, Nebraska on a large working farm. As a young woman, she dreamt of the day she would be able to branch out from her rural upbringing to experience the world. As a college freshman at Colorado Women’s College in Denver, she began to get a glimpse of what life had to offer. While pursuing a business degree, she would spend much of her spare time at the Denver International Airport watching travelers come and go while envisioning exciting travel destinations that were only a plane ride away.
As with many young dreams, her aspirations were sidelined by reality. She wed her lifelong husband and raised two daughters. While raising her girls, Pat finished an Associate’s Degree in bookkeeping and a college degree in teaching. She taught home economics and became actively involved in The Assistance League of Omaha (Nebraska) as well as other community charities helping underprivileged and underserved men, women and children. After her daughters had graduated and moved on with their lives, Pat’s desire to travel was reignited. She not only wanted to experience the world personally, but she loved sharing her experiences and knowledge with others. It was not long before she pursued a certification as a travel agent and embarked on a successful 25 plus year career as a travel agent – she had found and followed her passion. With her husband by her side, she traveled to every continent and spent countless hours planning every detail of her friends, family and clients travel adventures.
In 2004, Pat and her husband retired to Sedona, AZ and quickly became actively involved in the community supporting and participating in many civic and charitable endeavors. Pat cherished her involvement with the Sedona Film Festival and the people involved in the event. After a cancer diagnosis in 2009, Pat never missed a beat. She continued to work as a travel agent, stayed active in the community, and traveled as often as possible. She did not let cancer define her; it was simply another bump in the road that did not slow her down. She succumbed to her cancer in 2014, but enjoyed the company of family and friends until her last day. Pat is remembered by all for her infectious laugh, twinkling eyes and warm, gracious heart.
Phoenix Suns Charities
Phoenix Suns Charities wishes to recognize and reward students who set high expectations for themselves and have identified, and intend to pursue, endeavors that will lead to a successful future, not only for themselves but for their communities.
The SunStudent Scholarship program will award 12 scholarships of $5,000 each to Arizona students, 2 of which will be reserved for Native American students . In addition, one exceptional student will be selected as the 2015 Kevin Johnson Scholar and receive a $7,000 scholarship. These scholarship awards recognize students for both their academic achievements and community involvement while overcoming social or financial barriers.
Arizona High School seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to attend an accredited in-state post-secondary institution will be asked to answer the following question: Tell us about yourself, why you’ve selected the educational path you’re on, and how you plan to use your education to improve or impact your community.
QU Scholarship Mission:
To identify and promote scholastic achievement of Arizona lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth through a combination of monetary awards, social development and mentoring allies.
The QU Scholarship Fund…
Is a post-secondary scholarship program created by Dr. Shel-Don J. Legarrata and Dr. Kevin Axx in Phoenix, Arizona to promote scholastic excellence of Arizona LGBT youth regardless of financial, social or personal backgrounds.
Benefits Arizona LGBT youth at large and those actively participating with one n ten, Arizona’s largest LGBT youth organization.
Raises funds for these awards primarily through grassroots efforts including small, personally-held social events underwritten by passionate LGBT youth advocates, with nearly $300,000 raised since May of 2012.
Uses donations not only for scholarship awards, but also to build the QU Scholarship Fund Endowment to ensure the longevity of the scholarship program.
Is administered by the Arizona Community Foundation whose mission for the past 35 years has been to improve the quality of life in Arizona by promoting and facilitating effective philanthropy through various initiatives.
Riedel & Garcia Scholarship
Nieves Riedel has established a $25,000 scholarship fund at the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma to benefit students from San Luis High School, San Luis, Arizona. Applicants for the Riedel & Garcia Scholarship must be graduating seniors who plan to attend college full-time to pursue a degree in any field.
Riedel said, “The future of our children is very important to me and my family. My husband, David, felt—and I agree—that education is the key for future success for our youth. The community has been so good to us and it was important for both David and me to give something back,” said Riedel.
Established in 1994, the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma serves Yuma County and Western Arizona. Gifts to ACF of Yuma stay in the community and benefit local organizations.
The "Dee-Dee" Sonandres Scholarship Fund
“Dee-Dee”, as she was known by her many friends, and “mom” to her loved ones, had one final wish the week before her stroke: to provide a college fund for needy Hispanic students. Her main love was Peoria High School but students in the other district schools have her heart as well. Mom is a legend in the Peoria District. Her sons are still in contact with those adults now, many who remember her as their beloved kindergarten teacher. They speak with those who remember her visiting the poorest of areas, helping those in need the most. Her fluency in Spanish was unparalleled and she spent summers teaching the language in colleges. Her kindness and love of children was a gift from the angels. She had a presence radiating love and giving making those in her presence feel very special. If there’s one word heard over and over again describing “Dee Dee”, that word is “kindness”. Those receiving the assistance will honor Dee Dee by keeping that inside their hearts with whatever path their lives take them.
If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship fund, please visit this site .
The DeMichele Family
The “Kay T. DeMichele Angel Tree Scholarship Fund” was established by the DeMichele family to honor and remember a wonderful wife and mother, who died in 2004 after a courageous seven-year battle with breast cancer. Kay was an active member of the Love of Christ Lutheran Church, located in Mesa AZ, and after earning her “PHT” (putting hubby through), raising two daughters, and assisting her husband in the startup of his successful Mesabased engineering software company, she turned her attention to community outreach to the poor and homeless. Kay got involved with the Prison Fellowship Ministries “Angel Tree” program, which acts on the behalf of state prison inmates to provide Christmas gifts to their children, and introduced the program to Love of Christ Lutheran Church. She arranged inmate contact to find out the “wish lists” of their children and made those gifts available by raising contributions at the church to buy them and seeing that they were delivered …in some cases even delivering them herself. Later, she organized Christmas parties for these children and encouraged other valley churches to adopt the Angel Tree program. Kay had a very special place in her heart for “Angel Tree” kids, and would be pleased her family has taken her passion further by providing scholarships to deserving children who have a parent with a history of being in a state prison.
Kay T. DeMichele Scholarship Program Logo was designed to show the helping hand from childhood to college and then in adulthood, reaching back to help others. This scholarship was made possible by Kay’s family who loved her and wanted to carry on her legacy of helping others. It is your duty as adults to not only succeed by studying hard and working harder to achieve your goals, but to give back when you can. Volunteer, mentor or donate so that others can also benefit from this wonderful scholarship. This is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to the less fortunate to make sure that the opportunity of education is there.
Love, and a generous heart are what Kay lived her life by, and on behalf of the DeMichele Family we are proud to carry on her work.
The JJ Lipsman Memorial Scholarship Fund
The JJ Lipsman Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor the life of JJ (Jordan Jae) Lipsman. JJ was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 15, 1999. She attended Pinnacle Peak Elementary School, Mountain Trail Middle School, and at the time of her passing on November 24, 2014, Pinnacle High School.
JJ loved learning. She was inquisitive and had a gifted mind. Her wit was impeccable and keen. JJ had a passion for the sport of softball. She was fiercely competitive, but with the most graceful sportsmanship attitude. She was happiest on the softball field playing for her various teams.
JJ touched many people’s lives. She was gentle and kind. JJ was the person that always wanted to and did help others. She would often tutor fellow students when they did not understand a subject. Her smile and sweet personality was contagious. JJ inspired people to be better.
This scholarship has been created to foster and promote a student’s thirst for more knowledge, athleticism, and a love of life. Humor was a big part of JJ’s life. Her wit was charming and her practical jokes were innocent as well as fun. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student that embraces the gifts JJ had for living life to its fullest in academics, sports, and wit.
With Our Love for JJ,
The Kelley Family, Kim DiRé, Nik Boca, Frankie Boca, Ana Boca
The Lee Family
LEE FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
We are honoring the memory of our late family members by providing financial assistance to those students who possess the values that they treasured most – a love of education, high integrity and moral character, a passion for hard work, strong family values, and generosity.
DEA GIN FOO – Born in a small rural farming village in the Guandong province of southern China, the patriarch of our family migrated to America in the early 1900’s to seek opportunities in America, referred to by the Chinese as “Gam San”, or the “gold mountain.”
Dea Gin Foo eventually settled in Globe, AZ, which was then a booming mining town and found work serving food to the miners living in tents on the hills surrounding Globe. Living in an era when Chinese were considered a threat and blocked at every turn by restrictive laws (highlighted by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 that suppressed many human rights, including citizenship, otherwise granted to people of other ethnicities), nevertheless, over the years he became a successful entrepreneur and investor.
Over time, he facilitated bringing his children to America, two of whom chose to live long term in Globe. George K. Dea and his wife had four children, all of whom attended Globe schools and later graduated from the University of Arizona. His daughter was Chow Lee, our mother.
BING SAM AND CHOW LEE – Our parents were born and raised in the same village as our grandfather. Fueled by their dreams of realizing opportunities in America, they immigrated virtually penniless to this country in January 1939. Settling in Globe, AZ, to join Dea Gin Foo, and later moving to Scottsdale, AZ, they were “strangers in a strange land” but nevertheless instilled their values to our family members as they worked hard to realize the opportunities that America provided them. Although life was oftentimes harsh and demanding, they slowly began to prosper in this land of opportunity.
Years later, their dreams are being realized through four children, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Our extended family has earned multiple under-graduate and graduate degrees with careers in medicine, law, ministry, business, finance, academia, etc. We have collectively prospered far beyond what our parents could ever have imagined or dreamed long ago while working behind a water buffalo in small rice paddy fields in southern China. And we, their offspring, owe whatever success we have enjoyed to a poor, semi-illiterate Chinese couple who had a dream many years ago and then had the courage to fulfill it.
PAUL K. B. LEE – Our brother, who majored in elementary education at Arizona State University, suffered from a congenital heart condition and passed away prematurely at the age of 29. He had a drive for working with young students to help them achieve their objectives, a love of being with people, and a passion for music. He embodied the values that our parents instilled into our family.
CHUCK O. LEE — Our older brother, an accounting major and a student leader at the University of Arizona, enjoyed an early career as an executive at a growing major financial services organization in Phoenix and later became a successful entrepreneur as a real estate broker and developer. He was a devoted husband and father of four children, all of whom graduated from Arizona universities. As the first son, Chuck, in his formative years, was very instrumental in helping our parents adapt to, and become successful in, fulfilling the American dream.
In keeping with our parents’ dream and values, and on behalf of the extended B.S. Lee family, we, the surviving children of Bing Sam and Chow Lee, and the siblings of Paul K. B. Lee and Chuck O. Lee, endow this scholarship for the purpose of memorializing their lives and of perpetuating the values they held so dear.
We also appreciate the Globe school system, teachers, staff, and administration for the level of quality education we received to enable all of us to achieve success later in life.
We dedicate this scholarship to future Globe High award winners and trust that this financial assistance will help enable them to be successful in pursuing their future endeavors.
James V. Lee
Helen Lee Yee
The Nancy Engebretson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Nancy Engebretson Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of veteran newspaper photographer and Phoenix native Nancy Engebretson. The award is given to a student in at least his or her third semester of coursework in photojournalism who is preparing for a career in newspapers and who shares the adventurous spirit and humanistic values embodied in Nancy Engebretson’s 24 year professional career. She passed away in August 1999 at the age of 45 after a battle with cancer.
Nancy was known for her ready smile and caring heart. She was a wonderful individual who had empathy for her fellow human beings. To Nancy, photography was an avocation and not simply a job. She had a passion and talent for spot news photography and particularly loved documenting the activities of the Valley’s firefighting and emergency crews. At one time, she drove a Camaro that sported police/fire radio antennae and the personalized license plate SCOOP. She was a licensed pilot who loved aviation and was known to have flown small planes while taking pictures on assignment.
Nancy was a people’s photojournalist. She worked tirelessly to give back to the community she photographed, particularly to those in need whose circumstances she so eloquently chronicled in her pictures. Whether professionally, such as volunteering to make photo prints for the Phoenix Historical Society and shooting promotional pictures for animal rescue, or personally by cutting and donating her long blond hair for cancer patients, Nancy always looked for ways to help.
The Rick Oehme Memorial Scholarship
During his professional journey, Rick found his way to Vice President of Technical Services for USAirways through an unconventional path. After graduating from Palatine High School in 1980, he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. and shortly after completing his certificate as a licensed A&P mechanic, he accepted his first job in the industry with Evergreen Air Center in Tucson, AZ. Rick focused not only on his career, but in building long lasting, meaningful personal relationships along the way. With over 30 years in the aviation industry, he served in a a number of different capacities; as a mechanic, aviation sales, various management levels, and as president of third party maintenance facility in Macon, GA – along the way, he grew to uniquely understand the aviation industry, but more importantly he understood people.
Rick was diverse in his career, and together with his wife of 26 years, Cindy, they raised two children and built a strong family foundation. Moves, career changes, and health challenges never stood in the way of getting the job done for Rick. He had many passions outside of the aviation industry: riding motocross, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, surfing, playing the drums and always time spent with family and friends.
In 1999 Rick was hired as Vice President of Maintenance for Phoenix based America West Airlines, and it was here that Rick thrived in a growing industry, with a growing airline. America West merged with US Airways – and with his broad reach of knowledge, he continued to grow as well. Rick’s career was cut short when he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2008, but true to his spirit and energy Rick worked through the illness until his retirement in 2011. Rick succumbed to the disease in June 2012, leaving a huge hole in the hearts of his friends, family and colleagues.
We are proud to have his legacy continue on through an untraditional scholarship. The Rick Oehme Memorial Scholarship is geared towards a student dedicated in vocational training, please share your challenges, your aspirations and goals, and together it is our hope to help aid in your journey, honoring a true self made spirit.
For more about Rick and his family: www.caringbridge.org/visit/motoxrick961
Tri-City Cardiology Scholarship Fund
Each of the 21 board-certified physicians on staff at Tri-City Cardiology Consultants, PC, is dedicated to bringing only the best cardiology and vascular care to their patients in the Phoenix Metro area. Each one is a leader in his or her field; many earning the distinction of “Top Doctor” recognition by Phoenix Magazine since the practice was established in 1980. As graduates from some of the nation’s leading medical schools and fellowship programs, the Tri-City Cardiology team of physicians enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement.
The physicians at Tri-City Cardiology strongly believe in the importance of obtaining a solid education. More specifically, they believe in the importance of highly educated medical professionals and the impact they can make on the level of care provided to the members of this community.
Since 2010, Tri-City Cardiology has been offering scholarships to Banner Health System associates as well as Tri-City Cardiology staff members. Through the support of the Arizona Community Foundation, our physicians are able to give back to those they work alongside of every day, by offering scholarships to individuals that are working towards obtaining additional education in a Healthcare related field of study.
At Tri-City Cardiology Consultants, patient satisfaction is a top priority. Our team of physicians and staff are dedicated to providing high quality care and outstanding patient service and recognize that education in advancing medical technologies will be a keystone to our future success in providing excellent patient care for our communities.