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40 College Success Arizona Scholars to Receive College Degrees

May 16th, 2017

Phoenix, Arizona – May is a special month for College Success Arizona as 40 of our scholarship, and mentoring, students are graduating from colleges and universities around the state. The students are graduating from the Art Institute of Phoenix, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.

Rich Nickel, the CEO of College Success Arizona, says the graduations reflect a lot of hard work, “We’re extremely proud of our students, many of whom grew up in circumstances that would not likely lead to a college degree if not for their determination to overcome some pretty big challenges. College Success Arizona scholars tend to be high-potential young people from low-income backgrounds.”

Nickel adds that all of the students graduating this year are receiving their bachelor’s degrees. “Having training and education beyond high school is critical because research shows that by 2020 approximately two-thirds of all jobs in the state will require a college degree or certificate. It also shows that a person with a college degree or certificate on average earns five-hundred dollars more per week than those without that level of education.”

Over the past decade, College Success Arizona has provided nearly 1,300 students with more than $15.6 million in scholarships and mentoring services. The Phoenix-based educational nonprofit currently has 830 students currently enrolled in their program and is very proud of the 379 students (includes 2017 graduates) who have already graduated with an associate degree or higher.

College Success Arizona’s scholarships provide up to six-thousand dollars per school year for educational expenses and specialized mentoring services. The mentoring involves a team of “Success Advisers” working with the students to help them overcome academic and personal challenges throughout their college experience.

Our 2017 graduates are:

Art Institute of Phoenix:

  • Elizabeth Castillo

Arizona State University

  • Audree Adams-Dupont
  • Alejandra Alvarado
  • Shyla Bonham
  • Ashley Curiel
  • Francisco Fernandez
  • Channeyla Garcia
  • Itzel Garcia
  • Yvonne Garcia
  • Brianna Goss
  • Antonio Gutierrez
  • Diana Gutierrez
  • Adalberto Hurtado
  • Scott Koch II
  • Andres Morales
  • Pablo Moreno
  • Duyanh Nguyen
  • Luis Perez-Medina
  • Thao Phan
  • Jesus Rios
  • Magda Roman
  • Ruby Salgado
  • Jenny Ung

Grand Canyon University

  • Stephanie Pena-Montoya

Northern Arizona University

  • Josephina Chavez (NAU-Yuma)
  • Amanda Cooper
  • Alexander Garcia
  • Karina Gonzalez (NAU-Yuma)
  • Anahi Rubio-Barrera
  • Jonathan Yamasaki

University of Arizona

  • Andrea Anguiano (U of A – Yuma)
  • Angeleena Corrente
  • Rebecca DeLao
  • Alexis Gonzales
  • Ariel McCurdy
  • Shayla Nardi
  • Amariz Palencia
  • Marc Sanchez
  • Miguel Solorio
  • Darren Stroughter
  • Anselmo Vargas


Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page.

Your support can help change lives.

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