The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded $110,500 in Scholarships

Posted by Communications on 5/17/2017

The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded scholarships this year totaling $110,500, assisting 69 District seniors in furthering their education at Arizona colleges and universities next year.   The amount is the highest annual distribution since the Foundation’s inception and $22,500 more than last 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 2016 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 $450,000, with a goal of $1 million. 


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. A Scholarship Reception was held for this year’s recipients, May 17.