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Yavapai College Foundation announces new endowment at Scholarship Reception

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Sandy and Perry Massie, middle, talk with scholarship recipients Jennifer Kelly, left, and Jenna Bourque Saturday morning during the Yavapai College Foundation Scholarship Reception at YC in Prescott.  The Massie’s are major contributors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship fund.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>Sandy and Perry Massie, middle, talk with scholarship recipients Jennifer Kelly, left, and Jenna Bourque Saturday morning during the Yavapai College Foundation Scholarship Reception at YC in Prescott. The Massie’s are major contributors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship fund.

PRESCOTT - When anyone applies for a scholarship at Yavapai College, there will now be a box that asks whether that person has been a Little Brother or Little Sister.

Representatives of the Yavapai College Foundation (YCF) announced at the 5th Annual Yavapai College Foundation Scholarship Reception that Perry and Sandy Massie have established the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS) Endowed Scholarship through YCF with a gift of $105,000.

The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors enrolling at Yavapai College who have been a part of YBBBS at any point in their lives.

Children who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters age out of the program at 18 and many of them don't have the financial resources to go to college, according to Perry Massie, President of the Yavapai College Foundation Board and Chair of Yavapai YBBBS's board.

"It sort of creates a strategic partnership that supports these kids, who a lot of are from single parent families and really can't afford to go to college; now they will get an opportunity to do that," Massey said.

Kathleen Murphy, YBBBS President and CEO, says the idea was Perry's and that when the scholarships are given, the organization will continue supporting the relationship between the Big and the Little.

"We won't close that match," Murphy said. "That will help the student be more successful."

In the last nine months, YC has added nine new endowed scholarship funds, bringing the college's number of named funds managed by the YC Foundation to 164.

With the help of those funds, the YC Foundation was able to provide 382 students with scholarships out of the 792 who applied.

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