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1st Diamondbacks-Helios Scholars Set to Graduate

March 31st, 2016

March 31, 2016

By Troy Wilde,

Tempe, AZ – The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona made an investment in young people several years ago. That investment is netting a return with several scholarship students getting ready to graduate from the state’s biggest universities.

Marie Corazon Aquino will graduate from Arizona State University (ASU) with a degree in Public Health, Nancy Flores is graduating from ASU with a degree in Speech and Hearing and Patt Intarakamhang is graduating from the University of Arizona (UA) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

These are the first of the “Diamondbacks-Helios Scholars” to graduate from college.

The scholarships provide the students with up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. In addition to the money, Myrna Cardenas, the Senior Success Adviser with College Success Arizona, explains that mentoring is also important in helping the scholars achieve their goals, “We’re able to meet one-on-one with these students and really get to know them personally and help them with any of the challenges that may arise during school. So, we feel that along with the financial part of it that comes from the Diamondbacks – with us coming in for the mentorship, we’re really able to work these students and help them get through school.”

Myrna says there are many more of these young scholars working toward their own graduation dates, “The joint effort of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Helios and College Success Arizona is providing full scholarships to eight students per year over five years. So, in total forty students are expected to graduate with bachelor’s degrees from this program.”

Myrna says she is hopeful that success stories such as the Diamondbacks-Helios Scholars will encourage other businesses and organizations to support similar programs.

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