Facts About Phoenix Union Foundation for Education Scholarship Awards

Posted by Community Relations on 6/3/2015

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded scholarships this year totaling $88,000, assisting 60 District seniors in furthering their education at Arizona colleges and universities next year. The amount was $18,000 more than last year and the highest total distributed in one 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.

Five seniors received four-year scholarships of $8,000 each--Joy Cocone, Alhambra; Omar Tay, Carl Hayden; Lal Len Mawi, Camelback; Jesslynne Alvarez, Central and Edwin Perez, Trevor Browne. A new donor, the Dr. Mehrdad Shafa Medical Scholarship Foundation, awarded $19,000 to 14 students who plan to study in the medical, nursing or allied health sciences next fall.

Proceeds from the 2014 Phoenix Union Scholarship Dinner and the Foundation Scholarship Open Golf Tournament generated almost half the scholarship funds. Proceeds from this year’s Dinner in February and Golf Tournament in May will be used for next year’s scholarships. These two Foundation fundraisers are also building an endowment fund that is over $280,000, with a goal of $1 million.

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education has provided over $950,000 in scholarships in the past 26 years. Scholarship applications are distributed to all District employees and are due in April. Volunteer business, community and education members read and score the applications which are awarded in May. Individuals or businesses interested in volunteering or making a scholarship donation can visit www.foundation4education.org.