The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona have partnered with Yavapai College to present their annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Nights. Two events will provide opportunities for local students, their families, and educators to learn more about post-secondary scholarships, vocational trainings, and certificates available for both traditional and non-traditional
The Annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night in Clarkdale brought together 24 scholarship providers and nearly 200 Sedona and Verde Valley high school and adult students and their families to learn about local scholarship opportunities. The event, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and sponsored by Yavapai College, is part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness about financial support for higher education available to high school students and adult students of all ages.
The need for a skilled labor workforce is increasing in Sedona and the Verde Valley. ACF of Sedona debuted one of their newest scholarship opportunities, Pathway to Careers: Sedona/Verde Valley Career and Technical Scholarship. This scholarship is positioned to be a philanthropic bridge for regional workforce development and it is offered to students who are seeking a technical vocation. Additionally, Yavapai College presented their 135+ scholarships available to Roughriders through the Yavapai College Foundation. Their financial aid office can help with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications and hosts a list of outside scholarships.
The Arizona Community Foundation was also present, sharing information about scholarship opportunities available to Yavapai County students and their unique online application portal that automatically matches students with more than 100 scholarships for which they qualify. ACF is the largest private provider of scholarships in the state and the application portal will open on January 3, 2019.
Many of the scholarship opportunities presented at Cash for College have application deadlines in early spring. Click here to receive a digital copy of the local scholarship booklet provided at the event. For more information about Cash for College or scholarship funds, contact Regional Philanthropic Advisor Tracey McConnell at 928.399.7218 or TMcConnell@azfoundation.org.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona celebrated the 18th Annual Spirit of Sedona honorees and 2018 grant recipients on Thursday, September 20. Community members in attendance learned about the projects funded through the annual competitive grants process and the contributions of this year’s honorees.
Pat Jansen and John Kincaid, Co-Chairs of ACF of Sedona’s Board of Advisors, shared, “This year’s event was truly joyous. Over 200 people gathered to celebrate not only the honorees, but also the many nonprofit grantees who work so tirelessly every day to make Sedona and the Verde Valley a beautiful and caring place to live. The energy, excitement and passion which radiated throughout the entire event was just a small reminder of the tremendous people we have in this community who strive to make a difference.”
With the support of its Board of Advisors and volunteer grant review panelists, ACF of Sedona awarded more than $130,200 in grants this year to 41 nonprofit organizations serving Sedona and the Verde Valley in the areas of animal welfare, arts & culture, education, environment & sustainability, community health, tolerance & diversity, social services, children, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
The Spirit of Sedona was made possible through the generosity of local sponsors including presenting sponsor BMO Harris Bank. Other financial sponsors included Dr. Carolyn Martin, Eye Boutique of Sedona; Paul Tibbs, Edward Jones; Dorn Homes; and Yavapai College. In-kind sponsors included Enchantment Resort; Larry Kane Photography; Sedona Media Services; and Red Rock Magic Trolley.
For more information about the event or this year’s honorees and grantees, contact Tracey McConnell at TMcConnell@azfoundation.org, or call 928.399.7218.
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