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College Success Arizona Awards Scholarships to 23 Students

May 25th, 2017

College Success Arizona is excited to announce that twenty-three students from around the state have been selected to receive two and four year scholarships to attend colleges and universities in Arizona.

“This is our thirteenth year of awarding scholarships,” said Rich Nickel, College Success Arizona’s President and CEO.  With this year’s group of scholars, we have been able to help nearly 1,300 high potential students from low-income backgrounds with scholarships totaling over 16.7 million dollars. We’ve been supporting Arizona students, Arizona institutions, and Arizona communities since 2005. We’re very proud of the services we provide, and the successes our scholars have had.”

Nickel adds that that getting education beyond high school may be more important than ever before, “It has been reported that by the year 2020, nearly 70 percent of all jobs in Arizona will require a career certificate or college degree.”

The scholarships, awarded to Arizona high school students, attending Arizona colleges and universities, provide up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. The students also receive specialized mentoring services from “Success Advisers” (mentors) who work with the students to help them overcome academic as well as personal struggles.

Marjorie DeRubeis, College Success Arizona’s Director of Success Services, says selecting twenty-three students from hundreds of applicants was not easy:

“There are so many talented young people out there competing for a limited number of scholarships. Our scholars go on to do some amazing things that contribute to a better community, a better Arizona, a better nation, and a better world.  If more funds were available, we’d have the ability to provide scholarships to even more deserving Arizona students, who in turn, could even do more to improve their communities.”

This year’s recipients will be attending Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, and come from high schools from across the state, including Camelback, Carl Hayden, Coronado, Desert Ridge, Maryvale, Metro Tech, North, Notre Dame Prep, Parker, Peoria, Perry, Pueblo, Ray, Sunnyside, Trevor Browne, Tucson, University, and Westview. They’ll be working toward Bachelor’s Degrees in such subjects as Math, Earth & Space Exploration, Sustainability, Nursing, Engineering, Biomedical Science, Family Studies and Human Development, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Medicine, Pharmacy, Environmental Studies, Astronomy, and Psychology.

For information on how you can help deserving Arizona students earn their college degrees, contact Loreal Scott, Executive Assistant at (602) 636-1850 /

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