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Carol Backus Memorial Scholarship

Carol Backus Memorial Scholarship

The Carol Backus Memorial Scholarship is an endowment established by Ms. Backus in 1988 before her death. She was a long-time resident of Winterhaven, California. Through her generous donation, she hoped to assist students showing academic progress and effort...

Daughters of the American Revolution Yuma Chapter Scholarship

Daughters of the American Revolution Yuma Chapter Scholarship

The Daughters of the American Revolution Yuma Chapter Scholarship was established in 1995, with a bequest in the will of Elsie N. White, a DAR member. Since then it has grown and become an endowment due to an additional donations from the Daughters of the American...

Dee Jay Carr Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Dee Jay Carr Memorial Scholarship Endowment

The Dee Jay Carr Memorial Scholarship was started in 1995 by Mr. Denny Carr following the tragic death of his son, Daniel James “Dee Jay” Carr, in an automobile crash upon returning from a class at Arizona Western College. Mr. Carr raised funds each year for the...

Dr. Matthew L. Wong Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Matthew L. Wong Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Matthew L. Wong was a true blue “Criminal” graduating from Yuma High School where he played on the football team. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley then went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Southern...

George H. & Leila M. Payne Scholarship

George H. & Leila M. Payne Scholarship

The George H. & Leila M. Payne Scholarship was established in 1997 by their daughter, Madeleine Jameson. This endowment benefits students with physical challenges. George and Leila Payne moved to the “Yuma Project” in 1913 and bought a farm on May and 8th street,...

Gertrud J. Moody Scholarship

Gertrud J. Moody Scholarship

Arizona Western College was named as a beneficiary of the Gerturd J. Moody Scholarship which is an endowment held by the Arizona Community Foundation. In 1948, she moved from Cleveland to Phoenix hoping the warmer weather would help her rheumatoid arthritis. It...

Hector German Uriarte Memorial Scholarship

Hector German Uriarte Memorial Scholarship

The Hector German Uriarte Memorial Scholarship was established Josie Uriarte in loving memory of her son. Hector passed away at the age of nineteen. He was a loving son and special friend. This scholarship will benefit a student who has attended Antelope and is...

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Jacob Louis Daily Memorial Scholarship

For several years Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association has been raising scholarship money for Arizona Western College students who demonstrate financial need. In order for Jacob’s fund to reach “endowment status” Bruce Gwynn, Executive Director of Yuma Fresh Vegetable...

Janice Fife Scholarship

Janice Fife Scholarship

Arizona Western College was named as a beneficiary of the Janice Fife Scholarship which is an endowment established and held by the Arizona Community Foundation. Ms. Fife, a dedicated educator in Yuma County, desired to assist deserving students majoring in...

Jesus Andrade Scholarship

Jesus Andrade Scholarship

Jesus Andrade was born in San Luis, Mexico and moved to Yuma with his family at the age of eleven. He attended Rancho Viejo Elementary School, Crane Jr. High, and Yuma High School. Thanks to scholarship donors, he was able to attend Arizona Western College and...

Parker McCollum Memorial Scholarship

Parker McCollum Memorial Scholarship

Parker Stephen McCollum was a very bright young man who loved to learn. This was evident from a very young age when he would entrench himself in his books and amaze his family with the knowledge that he would retain. His passion for reading inspired his mother to...

Richard M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Richard M. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Richard Johnson, a stiff competitor, worked as a professor of English at AWC for many years. After battling years of illness and managing to return to the classroom each time, He lost his battle in 2005. Students and co-workers alike remember him for his...

Robert J. Moody Memorial Scholarship

Robert J. Moody Memorial Scholarship

The Robert J. Moody Memorial Scholarship is an endowment established to assist students majoring in agriculture at AWC. Bob Moody came to the Yuma area as the University of Arizona Agriculture Extension Agent in 1944. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Moodys farmed in...

Sunnyside Construction Scholarship

Sunnyside Construction Scholarship

The Sunnyside Construction Scholarship was established by Steve Pino, owner of Sunnyside Construction, to honor his children’s educational achievements. Sunnyside Construction is a proud supporter of higher education in Yuma County!

Sylvia Plotts Memorial Scholarship

Sylvia Plotts Memorial Scholarship

Sylvia F. Plotts was born in 1897 in Iowa. She obtained her Master’s Degree in 1946 and continued post-graduate work at both Arizona Universities. She taught high school for eight years and served as County School Superintendent from 1944 to 1951. Ms. Plotts taught...

Yuma County Republican Women's Club "Frank and Pat Cooper" Scholarship

Yuma County Republican Women's Club "Frank and Pat Cooper" Scholarship

The Yuma County Republican Women’s Club “Frank and Pat Cooper” Scholarship Endowment was established in 2012. Frank and Pat Cooper, active volunteers in the Yuma community and dedicated supporters of the Yuma County Republican Party, were named Yuma County Citizens...

Yuma County Republican Women's Club "Nikki Ferguson" Scholarship Endowment

Yuma County Republican Women's Club "Nikki Ferguson" Scholarship Endowment

The Yuma County Republican Women’s Club established the “Nikki Ferguson” to honor Andrea Nicole “Nikki” Ferguson. She was seventeen years old when her life was cut short by an undiagnosed heart disease. Through this scholarship, the hard work and determination of...