College Success Arizona works with a number of supporters throughout the state who are interested in helping students gain access to college by providing financial support. Below is a description of each of our primary supporters and how they are helping students get into and graduate from college.
The following supporters provide scholarship funds directly to College Success Arizona. We make decisions on which students receive these funds, based on student needs and interests within each year’s applicant pool.
OUR SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERS INCLUDE:
Approximately 275 students participate in the Gear Up scholarship program with College Success Arizona. Gear Up has allocated $10 million in federal funds to the organization over several years. Gear Up’s efforts start with a cohort of students in seventh grade. By the time these students are seniors in high school, several hundred receive college scholarships through College Success Arizona.
Arizona Public Service provides a single scholarship each year to a student that fits the company’s specific requirements.
BHHS Legacy Foundation supports organizations working to improve health across the state and provides annual funding and mentoring support for 11 students pursuing majors in health care.
One of the initial scholarship supporters of Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, the former organizational name of College Success Arizona, a generous donation from the late philanthropist William Carstens provided funding for the first cohort of scholars in 2005. Deborah Carstens has continued the tradition with Carstens Family Funds supporting a cohort of 10 to 20 new students each year for four years. Each school year, these funds alone support between 30 and 50 students across all higher education grade levels. Carstens Family Funds was the first private philanthropy to contribute at least one million dollars to Arizona College Scholarship Foundation. Moving forward, Deborah Carstens’ hope is that our newly educated young people will remain in Arizona to follow their career paths.
Through its endowed fund, Helios Education Foundation provides scholarships to approximately 80 students annually, with 20 new scholars starting each year. Helios is now working with its seventh cohort of scholars.