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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 email@example.com or Dianne Welling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Tempe Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Award Recipients
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.