SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

George Rivas is a bilingual student who graduated from high school with a 3.7 grade point average and studied piano for nine years. 

George volunteered at the Golden Goose Thrift Shop, the Casa Maria Food Kitchen and served as a Eucharistic Minister at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church.  In 2017, the Diocese of Tucson awarded George their Saint John Paul II Youth Award. 

George is majoring in Political Science at the University of Arizona and plans to minor in Arabic.  He hopes to work in a U. S. Embassy as a Foreign Service Officer.

George states, “Receiving the SBCO Scholarship has been a blessing. Attending college today is not as affordable as it was in the past, so this scholarship has helped me a lot in being able to afford this next step in my education. With this scholarship, I was able to pay for all my textbooks in both my first and second semesters. I am so grateful that this scholarship is here for me!”

 

SBCO is very proud to announce that one of our scholarship students, Brittany Paton, will complete her Masters Degree this year from Northern Arizona University.

Brittany was first selected for the SBCO scholarship program when she graduated from Ray High School in Kearny, AZ  back in 2015.  In addition to being on the honor roll all four years, she served as Secretary and President of the Student Council, was a varsity volleyball player and was an active volunteer in her community. 

With financial support from SBCO, she attended Northern Arizona University and graduated summa cum laude in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA and a B.S. in Accounting. With continued financial support from Community Outreach, Brittany is completing her Masters in Business Administration this year. 

She writes, “I have been honored to be selected for an SBCO scholarship. This $3000 annual scholarship has allowed me the chance to further my education and my dream of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. I want to express my gratitude to you for your support to students such as myself furthering their education.”

 

Makayla Martinez graduated third in her class at Superior High School with a 3.8 GPA. She was Treasurer of both DECA and Student Council and served as both President and Editor of her high school yearbook. 

Makayla worked as a restaurant cashier and as a lifeguard to save money for college, and in 2018 received a Congressional Award for Community Service. She is currently an Exercise and Wellness major at ASU and hopes to become an Occupational Therapist. 

Makayla writes: “This SBCO scholarship has reduced my burden of paying for college. I am so proud to not only be accepted into college but also to receive this financial assistance.  Continuing my education is important to me because I want to be independent and never have to depend on anyone else.  I want to thank the SaddleBrooke community for acknowledging small town students like me who want a bigger and brighter future.”

 

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.

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