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Scholarship Night for students of Yuma County

As Benjamin Franklin once said, an investment in education always pays the best interest. Recognizing this, generous individuals, families and community groups in Yuma County have established and contributed to scholarship funds to support students in our county in pursuing their educational goals after high school.

The Yuma Community Foundation has partnered with Arizona Western College Foundation and the University of Arizona Yuma to facilitate a Scholarship Night for local students on Wednesday, December 3 at Cibola High School.  Attendees will discover and learn about scholarship opportunities to support them as they pursue their educational goals after high school. Representatives of various community groups and YCF staff will be available to offer information and answer questions about when and how to apply. Contact Janell Johnson to learn more about this event or find out how you can support a local scholarship fund.

2014 Heart of Yuma Awards

During the 15th annual Heart of Yuma celebration in October, former state Senator Russ Jones and his wife Janet were named Philanthropists of the Year in honor of their generous contributions to Yuma County.

The Joneses’ involvement with the Yuma Community Foundation dates back to its establishment in the early 1990s, and the couple remains actively involved to this day. Russ has also contributed his time, talents and treasure to the Yuma Regional Medical Center Foundation, the San Luis Community Fund, the US/Mexico Border Philanthropic Partnership and the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation.

Russ and Janet founded the Yuma Orchestra Association in 1976, which has since supported arts and culture in the Yuma area by providing enrichment and educational opportunities for students and conductors as well as hosting the annual Celebration of Strings. Janet herself volunteers four days a week with local schools and actively promotes youth music education in Yuma County in a variety of other ways.

Read more about this year's Philanthropists of the Year and the fifteenth annual Heart of Yuma in the Yuma Sun's article.


The Yuma Community Foundation also announced the nonprofit organizations that received grants to support projects that nurture youth, combat food insecurity, support animal welfare and advance the health and wellness of our county. Read more about grants awarded by the Yuma Community Foundation.

Society of Philanthropic Fellows welcomes new members

  • Russ and Janet Jones, Philanthropists of the Year
  • Russell McCloud, Outstanding Leader 
  • Tonya Knisley, Outstanding Young Leader 
  • William “Bill” Esmeier, Outstanding Volunteer 
  • Brice and Becky Zeller, Outstanding Benefactors 
  • The Salvation Army, Outstanding Nonprofit Organization 
  • Republic Services, Outstanding For-profit Corporation Grants


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