Tempe Dollars for Scholars Awards $78,000 in Scholarships to TUHSD Seniors!

Tempe Dollars for Scholars (TDFS), a chapter of Scholarship America, has announced the award of scholarships totaling $78,000 to graduating seniors from all seven Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) schools.

Each scholarship recipients received a $1,000 award that can be used toward tuition, books, campus fees, or other college-related expenses for the 2021-2022 school year.

TDFS celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and is an all-volunteer group of community members and school guidance counselors that raises funds through individual donations, special events, partnerships, and grants. Since its inception in 2006, the chapter has awarded $418,000 in scholarship funds to TUHSD graduates. Many of the scholarships are tribute or memorial scholarships that are funded by friends and family. Two major donors – the Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation and the Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Staff – have provided significant financial support for the chapter’s scholarship program.

During the school year, TDFS board members provide a mentorship program that supports scholarship recipients as they transition to higher education. The chapter provides assistance to classroom teachers and scholarship counselors who request scholarship application assistance with their students and also offers support to donors for fund-raising initiatives.

Students apply for the awards online and can also can apply for additional scholarships promoted by Scholarship America. Community members interested in contributing to TDFS or establishing a scholarship should contact Nori Cannell Zavaleta at noricannell@gmail.com or Dianne Welling at dwelling@tempeunion.org.  


2021 Tempe Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Award Recipients


Compadre Academy

Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Staff Ione Sharp Memorial Scholarship – Jackelyn Guillen

Zita and Pen Johnson Scholarship – Miranda Banuelos


Corona del Sol High School

Blake Norvell “Smile” Scholarship - Namita Shah and Nicole Perez 

Rund Family Scholarship – Kasey Wochner

Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Staff Ione Sharp Memorial Scholarship – Ahmez Standifer

Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation Scholarship - Andrew Sandberg, Hannah Seyler, Kayla Cortez, Abraham Jimenez, Nathan Shapiro, Makayla Corella, Anissa Rios, Samuel Johnson, Anvitha Doddipalli, Clara White


Desert Vista High School

Barbara A. McDonald Resilience Award – Benjamin Carter

Dr. Joe McDonald Memorial Scholarship – Brandon Tse

Rund Family Scholarship – Nicole Spreitzer

Larry Cannell Memorial Athletic Scholarship – Mason Hickel

Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation Scholarship – Aislinn Conner, Adam Stewart, Katie Spreitzer, Alyssa Duncan, Canyon Akromis, Shanti Oza, Alexa Horn, Madeline Zallar, Lauren Goebel


Marcos de Niza High School

Katherine and Dan Roberson Memorial Scholarship – Kelsi DeWaard

Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Staff Ione Sharp Memorial Scholarship – Stephanie Alvarez

Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation Scholarship – Erik Hernandez, Demetrius Gracia, Shazeen Imtiaz, Emily Saenz, Victoria Adam, Crystal McCoy, Cirasole Houser, Grace Smith, Gabriella Ramirez, Braeden Mattson


McClintock High School

Kathryn Shook Kilcrease Memorial Scholarship – Danielle Connacher

Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation Scholarship – Nisha Reddy, Stephanie Paola Martinez Ramos, Angel Rodriguez, Yoselin Flor Aguilar, Sofie Chung, Alexia Moreno, Joud Ahmad Badwan, Zyon Farris, Ella Zeiders, Chloe Stephenson-Brown


Mountain Pointe High School

John Lassen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Lauren Froberg

Larry Thomas Memorial Scholarship – Kara Asher

Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Staff Ione Sharp Memorial Scholarship – Graciela McHenry

Annis Dotts Memorial Scholarship – Grace Phillips

Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation Scholarship – Jacob Harrison, Brett Whitmyer, Taryn Collins, Angel Heredia, Grace Urbinato, Marcos Smith, Ailee Schoenfeld, A’Niyah Johnson


Tempe High School

Dr. Eileen Yellin Memorial Scholarship – Devynn Thurston

Tom Welling Memorial Scholarship – Xiafeng Xu

Pam Olsson Memorial Scholarship – Ja’Arri Williams

Julie Butler Kenkel Memorial Scholarship – Preshious Appleton

Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Staff Ione Sharp Memorial Scholarship – Delia Rodriguez

Hasan Naqvi Health & Education Scholarship – Jessica Roman

Janis Chapman Merrill Foundation Scholarship – Morgan Latam, Alexlis Rivera-Jinel, Javion Anderson, Jose Beltran, Stephanie Zarco, Angelica Aguilera, Leonardo Velasco, Lawrence Jimenez

About Tempe Union High School District
Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) is an A-rated school district by the Arizona Department of Education and home to approximately 14,500 students across seven high schools. Five TUHSD schools have also earned the A+ Award of Excellence from the Arizona Educational Foundation and three schools – Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe and McClintock - have earned the award twice. It is our vision that all students will graduate with the knowledge, understanding and ability to apply skills necessary for success in college, career and life. For more information, visit www.tempeunion.org.

About Tempe Dollars For Scholars
Tempe Dollars for Scholars offers scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors in the Tempe Union High School District, and is a nonprofit foundation that supports academic success in our community. Tempe Dollars for Scholars is part of Scholarship America's® national network of locally based, volunteer-driven chapters, and our mission is to work with our community to offer scholarships to promote postsecondary educational opportunities for students. For more information, visit www.tempe.dollarsforscholars.org