Juan Booth is just six credits away from earning associate degrees in biology and art from Scottsdale Community College.
Booth, 20, a 2020 graduate of Coronado High School, plans to continue his studies at CSC to earn credit toward a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Arizona University through an outreach program between the two schools. and ultimately hopes to help the plight of endangered animal species. .
None of this would have been possible without financial assistance, and Booth was able to speak about its importance last week, praising the Coronado Foundation.
“I looked at several scholarships, but the Coronado Foundation for the Future Promise scholarship really stood out for me,” Booth said Wednesday, fighting back tears.
“The team showed great consideration from the start. They made the application process smooth and very easy,” he said. “Not only does the scholarship provide students with financial aid, but it introduces students to a whole team dedicated to participating.”
Now, even more students will have the chance to pursue a similar debt-free education, as it was announced on Wednesday that the ‘Coronado Promise’ scholarship is expanding to help 20 students per year up to $5,000 over a period of two years attending a Maricopa county. Arizona accredited community or certificate college, technical or trade school for two years.
“I can tell you that when I was on the Foundation for the Future Scholarship Selection Committee, it was very difficult for me because we had four or five worthy applicants and we could only choose one or maybe even two,” Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega said. noted
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 21 at 3 p.m. at the GEAR UP office at Coronado High School and winners will be selected on April 18.
“This pledge is close to my heart not only because Coronado students benefit from this program, but also because growing up in Pittsburgh, I have seen the positive impact the Pittsburgh pledge has had on the community,” said Coronado High School Principal Amy Palatucci. noted.
“Coronado students are the future leaders of tomorrow and deserve every opportunity to succeed,” she continued. “Our students and community in Coronado most deserve the support this promising scholarship will provide. With this commitment and this promise, we invest in our students, our future.
The scholarship is a collaboration of the Coronado Foundation for the Future, Scottsdale Charros, Scottsdale Community College, Coronado High School, City of Scottsdale, and Flick Family Foundation. Flick has pledged $50,000 per year for 10 years in scholarship funds and will match additional funds raised for the program up to an additional $50,000 per year for 10 years.
A 1971 Coronado graduate, Rob Flick said he couldn’t have gone to college on his own without a full scholarship to the US Naval Academy.
“My parents couldn’t afford to send me, so I know how people have opportunities in front of them but don’t have the financial means to fund them,” Flick said.
And his fundraising efforts aren’t over yet. Flick explained:
“My goal, if I may, over the next five years or so is not to have 20 or 25 scholarships – as I think we are going to do this year – but to have 100 scholarships. studies per year coming here from Coronado and maybe we can get other schools to start following.
Dennis Robbins, Executive Director of Scottsdale Charros, said, “Students at Coronado High School work hard, often bearing the weight of their family’s expectations to become the first person to attend college or other advanced education. We support and encourage this ambition and want to help ease their path, removing as many barriers to their success as possible.
Kim Hartmann, an SUSD board member from 2014 to 2018, said she spotted a troubling trend emerging from Coronado when she served.
SUSD had a nearly 90% rate of students pursuing some form of post-secondary education, but that number was much lower for Coronado, which primarily serves low-income students, Hartmann recalled.
“It’s not so much about getting in, it’s about not applying,” Hartmann said. “The university requires resources, money.
Once they enter, Coronado students tend to complete their degree programs, she said, adding:
“That’s what the Coronado Promise is, breaking down financial barriers,” she said.
In addition to the Coronado Promise Scholarship, the program includes the Promise Pathway, which will meet the additional needs of K-12 students in the Coronado Learning Community. To prepare for higher education, students may need additional academic and social-emotional support as well as college and career-readiness skills throughout elementary, middle, and high school.
“There’s another part of the promise that we’re also committing to and it’s a part that doesn’t happen in every other community,” said SUSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel.
“It’s that we recognize that there is a pipeline from kindergarten to post-secondary (education) and recently the Scottsdale Unified School Board made the decision to invest in the Coronado learning community by creating a self-contained middle school with three power supplies. elementary schools so that we have a viable pipeline of students entering Coronado High School who ensure our students are prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to do.
SUSD board member Patty Beckman said she is dedicated to fundraising for the scholarship.
“I am filled with gratitude seeing so many of our community partners come together to help change the lives of our deserving students in Coronado,” she said. “We are ready to start fundraising because all of our students deserve the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education without financial barriers. We hope that Coronado Promise will become the model for similar scholarship programs in each of our five learning communities.