The Desert Mountain Community Foundation’s Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships for Desert Mountain employees and their families.

2018 DMCF Scholars Announced

We are pleased to announce our 2018-19 Scholarship recipients! 

In April, a team of volunteers reviewed applications, discussed the merits of each, voted on who should receive awards and forwarded the recommended list to the DMCF Board of Advisors for approval. 

Nineteen students have been awarded $51,000, an increase over last year’s awards in the number of scholarships and total dollar amount.

Thank you Desert Mountain residents and club members, we couldn’t do it without you. Our total scholarship awards are $205,000 in six short years.

Add your support

The support of community members is vital to the future of the scholarship program. The Desert Mountain Community Foundation is building an endowment that will make it possible to award at least $25,000 annually in perpetuity. You can add your support for future scholarship recipients.

Give to the DMCF Scholarship Fund

Scholarship sponsors

Several 2018 scholarships are named in recognition of generous support from:

  • Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty at Desert Mountain
  • Pinnacle Aviation
  • PURE Design Environments
  • Webart Wall Finishes, Inc.

2018 Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholars

Quinn Carbol—Locker Room Specialist, CG Clubhouse, DMC.
Will attend medical school in the fall of 2018.

Whitney Cherekos—spouse of Andy Cherekos, Golf Shop Sales Supervisor, CG, DMC.
Currently teaches sixth grade, pursuing a Master’s in Education at Northern Arizona University.

Cierra Cook—Daughter of Catherine Cook, Treasury Analyst, CCMC.
Plans to pursue a degree in Psychology at Boston College.
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Ibanery Garcia—daughter of Jose Garcia Rabago, retired 3/31/18, CHI Equipment Operator I, DMC.
A graduate of ASU with Bachelor’s in Multicultural/Multilingual Education, pursuing a Master’s in Speech Pathology at Northern Arizona University.

Gabrielle Keller—daughter of Francine Keller, Executive Assistant, DMC.
Attends the College of Nursing at Arizona State University.
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Kaylah Klimuck—daughter of Sharon Klimuck, Banquet Captain, DMC. Currently working at Banner Health as a CNA and attends Glendale Community College to further her healthcare degree.

Mackenzie Lizarraga—daughter of Anibal Lizarraga, Mechanic III, DMC .
Attends Scottsdale Community College and hopes to become an early education teacher.
Pinnacle Aviation Scholar 

Melany Hernandez Marquez—daughter of Michel Hernandez, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Cochise, DMC. 
Attends Arizona State University, studying Global Management. 
Pure Design Environments Scholar

Benjamin Alvarez Martinez—son of Ana Palestino, CG Banquet Captain, DMC. 
Attending University of Arizona, studying Pre-med.
Russ Lyon Sotheby's Scholar

Nancy Ortegadaughter of Mario Ortega Evangelista, Equipment Operator II, APC, DMC

Attends Northern Arizona University and is studying Nursing.
Webart Wallfinishes, Inc. Scholar

Jessica Plasencia—daughter of Leonardo Plasencia Lugo, Greenskeeper, GER, DMC
Attends Arizona State University and studies Psychology.
Russ Lyon Sotheby's Scholar

Alyssa Ramirez—daughter of Arturo Ramirez, Chef de Cuisine, OWL, DMC
Attends Grand Canyon University studying Biology.

Savannah Sappington—daughter of Darren Sappington, Heavy Equipment Foreman, Agronomy, DMC. Attends Arizona Christian University studying Behavioral Health.

Jordan Vaugh—Golf Shop Sales Assistant, REN, DMC. A graduate of ASU, attending Phoenix College as a paralegal.

Ryan GamlinJunior Sous Chef, CG, DMC.
Arizona School of Real Estate and Business.

Kelly Montana—Personal Trainer, Sonoran Clubhouse, DMC.
Will attend the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Chinyere Owotor—son of Michelle Dyer, Junior Sous Chef, Café Verde, DMC.
Attends McKendree University and is studying Business.

Jack Sachen—son of Christopher Sachen, Golf Course Superintendent, CHI, DMC.
Will attend University of Arizona and study Communications.

Tena Marie Wilson—Massage Therapist, Sonoran Clubhouse, DMC.
Attends Neuromuscular Center for Americans Vision.

Selecting DMCF Scholars

Scholarships are provided through the Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Scholars are selected through an application process by a review panel that includes members of the DMCF Advisory Board, Desert Mountain members, a local education expert, and Arizona Community Foundation Scholarship Office staff members.

Selection is based on financial need, essays about future plans and goals, academic achievement, demonstrated community service, and relationship to a Desert Mountain employee in good standing.