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

2019 DMF Scholars Announced

We are pleased to announce our 2019-20 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 DMF Board of Advisors for approval. 

Eighteen students have been awarded $50,500.

Thank you Desert Mountain residents and club members, we couldn’t do it without you. Our total scholarship awards are $229,475 in seven short years.

Add your support

The support of community members is vital to the future of the scholarship program. The Desert Mountain 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 DMF Scholarship Fund

Scholarship sponsors

Several 2019 scholarships are named in recognition of generous support from:

  • Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty at Desert Mountain
  • Pinnacle Aviation
  • Jaque.Design

2019 Desert Mountain Foundation Scholars

Michael Antahn—son of Kathleen Anthan, Senior Accounting Clerk, DMC.
Plans to attend Gateway Community College to study Respiratory Therapy.

Juan Marquez Garcia—Café Verde Specialist, Sonoran, DMC.
Plans to attend Paradise Valley Community College to study Education.

Annalyse (Annie) Harris—server at SEVEN, DMC.
Attends Arizona State University and studies Criminal Justice/Criminology.
Moe Krabbe and Suzy Shanbrom-Krabbe Scholar

Jane Heddles-Flint—Massage Therapist, Sonoran Spa, DMC.
Plans to obtain a Craniosacral Certificate from Well Being Retreat Center.

Lynn LaThai—Hairstylist, Sonoran Spa, DMC.
Plans to attend a course at Hair Dreams USA.

Mackenzie Lizarraga*—daughter of Anibal Lizarraga Carrillo, Mechanic III, Geronimo, DMC .
Attends Arizona State University and studies Education.
Pinnacle Aviation Scholar 

Benjamin Alvarez Martinez*—son of Ana Palestino, CG Banquet Captain, DMC. 
Attends University of Arizona and studies Women and Gender Studies.
Russ Lyon Sotheby's Scholar

Melany Hernandez Marquez*—daughter of Michel Hernandez de la Osa, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Cochise, DMC. 
Attends Arizona State University and studies Global Management. 
Jaque.Design Scholar

Kelly Montana*—Personal Trainer, Sonoran Clubhouse, DMC.
Will attend Titleist Performance Institute.

Mario Ortega—son of Mario Ortega Evangelista, Equipment Operator III, APC, DMC.
Attends Phoenix College and studies Engineering.

Nancy Ortega*daughter of Mario Ortega Evangelista, Equipment Operator III, APC, DMC.

Attends Northern Arizona University and studies Nursing.
Russ Lyon Sotheby's Scholar

Jessica Plasencia*—daughter of Leonardo Plasencia Lugo, Equipment Operator, 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 and studies Environmental Science.

Ezekiel Randall—son of Andrea Randall, CFO, DMC.
Plans to attend University of Arizona to study Architecture.

Christopher Martinez Reyes—son of Martin Martinez Vasquez, Irrigation Technician, Apache, DMC.
Attends Glendale Community College and studies Exercise and Wellness.

Mekena Sparks—daughter of Rodney Sparks,, Golf Course Maintenance Coordinator, DMC.
Plans to attend Grand Canyon University to study Business Administration and Performing.
Russ Lyon Sotheby's Scholar

Tena Marie Wilson*—Massage Therapist, Sonoran Clubhouse, DMC.
Plans to attend a Medical Massage Therapy Class.

Taryn Wycoff—fitness desk specialist at Sonoran and daughter of Kahy Wycoff, Director of Member Services, DMC.
Plans to attend Arizona State University to study Finance.
John E. Evard, Jr. Scholar

Selecting DMF Scholars

Scholarships are provided through the Desert Mountain 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 essays about future plans and goals, academic achievement, demonstrated community service, and relationship to a Desert Mountain employee in good standing.