Principal Claudio Coria and Former Alhambra Students Were Speakers at a Grand Canyon University Scholarship Fundraising Event

Posted by Community Relations on 1/13/2016

Principal Claudio Coria and former Alhambra students were speakers at a Grand Canyon University scholarship fundraising event to kick off “Students Inspiring Students: A Neighborhood Scholarship,” January 7.  The GCU Scholarship Foundation’s goal is to raise $1 million to provide 800 full-tuition scholarships, beginning with 200 in the fall of 2016. Many of the recipients will be Phoenix Union students. Former Alhambra students Genesis Cruz and Dulce Carreon, who won scholarships to the Colangelo College of Business at GCU spoke. Both also benefitted from the GCU Learning Lounge while in high school, getting free tutoring from college students after school. Both are now tutors, themselves. “Even if I’m done with GCU, I want to stay here and give back to the community,” Cruz said. This (Students Inspiring Students) will help many more students reach a level that I never thought I would reach,” Carreon said.

The goal is for this scholarship to be a pay-it-forward, so that students from the neighborhood not only benefit from the Learning Lounge and the scholarship, but are then required to become tutors themselves. “Our goal is to make this the most education-minded community in the country. We would like to populate this neighborhood of kids with college-goers so it becomes part of the neighborhood culture,” GCU President Brian Mueller said. His pitch to 100 prospective donors came with a challenge, when he personally contributed $100,000. The goal is $500,000 from donors and a match from the university. “The GCU Learning Lounge started with ‘Let’s help kids who are struggling,’, but now we say, “What are we going to do to push this college-going initiative that we have,” Coria said.

After the fundraising event, Alhambra’s choir sang the National Anthem, and Alhambra students and parents attended the basketball game at no cost. Coria was interviewed at halftime of the game broadcast.