CASSANDRA FRYE was not only an honors student in high school, but also a rodeo champion and an entrepreneur.
She grew up on a small ranch and started her own pet sitting business while she was in high school. Cassie took care of farm animals, household pets and even exotic animals in order to save money for college. She grew her business, “Cowgirl Pet Sitting”, to the point where she was even able to hire a few part time helpers. In her spare time, Cassie competed in barrel racing and won first place in a 2016 rodeo competition in Phoenix.
Cassie began her studies in pre-veterinary medicine at Arizona State University in fall of 2019. Here is what she had to say about her Community Outreach Scholarship:
“Being raised by a single mother with two children, I knew she couldn’t afford to send both of us to college. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream of attending college and becoming a veterinarian. Without the generosity of the SaddleBrooke community, I would not be able to attend Arizona State University. I am very grateful to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach for providing me this opportunity and I admire the SaddleBrooke community for helping students further their education.”
ROBERT CASILLAS graduated first in his high school class with a 4.0 grade point average and served as President of the Student Council. In addition to working part time for the Town of Hayden, Robert served as Vice President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and organized and delivered food baskets to local families. He helped organize the local blood drive and volunteered with the Pinal County Youth Reading Program and the Little League baseball program.
Robert states “Being the recipient of the Community Outreach Scholarship means that I am financially able to attend the University of Arizona to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I knew that continuing my education would be costly and this scholarship will help me purchase many of the materials I need. I am honored that the SBCO Scholarship Committee chose me as a recipient and I sincerely appreciate their contribution to my future success.”
AUGUSTINE HING attended Central Arizona college for two years and earned a 4.0 grade point average before enrolling at Arizona State University in 2019 to major in Education.
In addition to earning a 3.9 grade point average as valedictorian of her high school class, Augustine was a member of Student Council and was a varsity member of the basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball teams. She worked as a grocery clerk at the local food market in Superior to save money for college and, in her spare time, volunteered at the Food Bank and for the Superior Fire Department.
Augustine writes, “My choice to become an educator is inspired by my high school teacher, Mrs. Villaverde. Her daily lessons, advice and encouragement guided me through high school. My Mom, a single parent, also motivated me to excel and take advantage of every opportunity afforded me. One day I will come back and inspire the next generation at Superior High School the way my Mom and my teachers have inspired me.”
Regarding her scholarship, Augustine writes, “Receiving this scholarship relieved the stress of how I was going to be able to afford going to college. I am able to be here at ASU and enjoy everything there is to offer. I love school. I love the environment and the energy that Tempe has. I can walk to class, visit home and continue to work towards my dream of becoming a teacher.”