Ten Yavapai County students pursuing education degrees each received a $1,500 scholarship from the Education Scholarship Endowment of Yavapai County.
Students received the scholarships at the 10th annual awards luncheon. They were made possible by Gladys Gardner, a prominent Prescott resident who founded the endowment.
Recipients represent five different county communities.
Morgan Dubs, Shannon Erickson and Erik Juarez, all from Prescott Valley; and Jonathan Hannah and Christine Penner, both from Prescott; will attend Northern Arizona University.
Ramsey Louise Fornara, Chino Valley, will enroll at Grand Canyon College.
Amy Kuntz, Cottonwood, will attend the University of Arizona.
William Hogue, Prescott; and Tabitha King, Dewey; will attend Prescott College.
Jill Wagner, Prescott, will attend Yavapai College.
During the awards luncheon, Brandy Cox, the 2009 Yavapai County "Teacher of the Year" told the students that they must have intense passion and dedication to be effective classroom teachers.
Those present for the May 14 luncheon included the recipients, many accompanied by their families; several local education and elected political officials, and ESEYC board members Gladys Gardner, Tim Carter, Cory Gardner, Le Anne Lawhead, Lisa Mauldin, Ron Minnich, Ray Newton, Bob Williams and Robert St. Clair.
Since its founding 10 years ago, the ESEYC has distributed more than $100,000 to college and university students who became teachers.