Twelve local students earn scholarships
Twelve Yavapai County students representing five county communities will each receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Education Scholarship Endowment of Yavapai County.
All 12 are planning careers in teaching.
Those receiving scholarships were recognized during a luncheon May 11 at the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott. In addition to honoring these prospective teachers, the ESYEC Board dedicated the Awards Luncheon to the late Bob Williams, ESEYC Board Member and retired educator.
The scholarship recipients are:
Jenica Artlip and Debby Schoenfeld, both from Chino Valley. Both are majoring in elementary education at Northern Arizona University.
Nathaniel Hald, Christina Jones, Jill Wagner and Albert Zalfini, all from Prescott. Hald and Zalfina will major in education at Northern Arizona University, while Jones and Wagner will complete their education degrees at Prescott College.
Rebecca Kepner, of Prescott, received a special scholarship funded through the Sunrise Lions Club to assist a student who will teach special education or students with special needs. Kepner will attend Northern Arizona University.
Crystal Kathe, of Mayer, will study elementary education at Prescott College.
Tabitha King, Tanya Padilla-Melton and Sally Stolz, all from Prescott Valley. All will work on elementary education degrees at Northern Arizona University.
Ashly Lawler, of Cottonwood, will study English and education at Northern Arizona University.
The $18,000 in scholarships is funded from an endowment founded in 2001 by Gladys Gardner, a former teacher who later served as a state representative for District 1 and ultimately became a Yavapai County supervisor. Gardner is now retired and lives in Prescott.
In the 11 years since its founding, the ESEYC has contributed more than $164,000 to 94 qualified applicants.