Phoenix Union Foundation Awards Scholarship Money

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/22/2013

Fifty students were awarded $71,600 in scholarships this year from the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education to further their education at accredited colleges and universities next year.




The Foundation for Education, a 501 (c) (3) that supports pathways to success in college, career and life, and provides support for District-wide, college-going student programs and college scholarships, began in 1985 as the Phoenix Union Partnership of Business and Education. In recent years, it has concentrated on generating need-based scholarships for PUHSD students.


Scholarships ranged from $100 annually to $8,000 over a four-year academic career, distributed from a pool of scholarship resources, from individual and organization donors to employee contributions and fundraising events.


Proceeds from the 2012 Phoenix Union Gala and the Foundation Scholarship Open Golf Tournament generated $40,000 in $8,000 scholarships to five students- Alicia Castro Cardenas, Trevor Browne; Jennifer Price Smith, Bioscience; Evelyn Dominguez, Camelback; Cheyanne Tietje, Betty Fairfax and Christian Hernandez, Carl Hayden.  Proceeds from this year’s Gala in February and Golf Tournament in May will be used for next year’s scholarships.  These two Foundation fundraisers have also established an endowment fund that has topped $100,000. 


“Giving Back Pays Forward” Scholarships to 32 students totaling $23,700 were supported by community, business and PUHSD staff, family and friends to recognize loved ones, support students and give back to their community. 


Eight students benefited from the generosity of Phoenix Union employees whose contributions were used for $8,000 to the “Invest in the Best” Scholarships of $1,000 each.


The Phoenix Union Black Alliance gave six scholarships valued at $2,300.


The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education, formerly known as the Partnership for Business and Education,   has provided over $800,000 in scholarships in the past 25 years.     Scholarship applications are distributed to all District employees and due in April.  Volunteer business, community and education members read and score the applications to award in May.  Individuals or businesses interested in volunteering or making a scholarship donation can visit