OCTOBER 9, 2013

Desert Mountain Community Foundation awards first scholarships

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SCOTTSDALE – The Advisory Board for the Desert Mountain Community Foundation, a fund of the Arizona Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the very first group of Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholars. Eleven students, including three Desert Mountain employees and eight employee family members, earned a total of $19,000 in scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Awards ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 each.

The scholarships are provided through the Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, administered through the Arizona Community Foundation. Scholars were selected through an application process by a review panel which included members of the DMCF Advisory Board, Desert Mountain members, a local education expert and Arizona Community Foundation Scholarship Office staff members.

Selection was based on financial need, essays about future plans and goals, academic achievement, demonstrated community service, and relationship to a Desert Mountain employee in good standing. Reviewers used an objective scoring system to select the winning applicants.

This year’s DMCF Scholars are:
Lal Biak Vul (Phoenix) - Greenville Technical College
Makella Brems (Phoenix) - Claremont McKenna College
Brett Cunningham (Mesa) - Scottsdale Community College
Justin Dantine (Cave Creek) -Paradise Valley Community College
Alexander Gonzalez (Cave Creek) - Grand Canyon University
Kaylah Klimuck (Cave Creek) - Everest College in Phoenix
Lauren Lehrner (Cave Creek) – Arizona State University
Wendie Marlais (Cave Creek) - Ron Fletcher Program of Study
Shelby Pike (Phoenix) - Arizona State University
Savannah Sappington (Scottsdale) - Phoenix Christian High School
Nicholas Ward (Phoenix) - Arizona State University

Gifts to support the Desert Mountain Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible and can be made online with a credit card at www.azfoundation.org/desertmountain.  The Desert Mountain Community Foundation is not owned, sponsored, affiliated or controlled by Desert Mountain Club, Inc. or the Desert Mountain Master Association.

The Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization with four regional offices throughout Arizona. Established in 1978 and certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, ACF is among the top 30 community foundations in the nation with more than $570 million in trust and endowment assets. Last year, ACF and its affiliates awarded $41 million in grants and scholarships to some 2,500 nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. More information is available at www.azfoundation.org.