By Sophia Saldaña/EAC
THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College’s 37th annual Scholarship Banquet was held this past semester to recognize the scholastic achievements of over 100 EAC students.
The banquet, held at EAC’s campus in Thatcher, recognized donors and recipients of 60 scholarships. Many of the scholarships are annually funded by the generous contributions of various organizations and individuals, while others are endowed scholarships funded by the earnings provided by the gifts of donors.
Next was the Alumni Association Scholarship, which was made possible by the gifts of EAC alumni through annual fundraising. The scholarship was presented to 12 students who are children or grandchildren of EAC alumni who demonstrate exemplary character traits and academic ability. Recipients included Shayci Echols; Kallie Boring of Sahuarita, daughter of John and Summer Boring; Callie Pugh of Joseph City, daughter of Robert and Tonnie Pugh; Jake Brown of Pima, son of Robyn Ferrin; Joann Wahl of St. Johns, son of Alan and Deanne Wahl; Elisabeth Stevens of Snowflake, daughter of James and Stephanie Stevens; Amber Jarvis of St. Johns, daughter of Shawna and Brad Jarvis; Payce Mortensen, Madisen Farris of Thatcher daughter of Billy and Nicole Farris; Reagan Olson; Madison Voelker of Globe, daughter of Jeannette and Daniel Voelker; and Kaysha Griffin, of Thatcher, daughter of Darrin and Crystal Griffin.
Brookie Bryce, of Pima, daughter of Boyd and Rachel Bryce, was awarded the Safford Rotary Club Scholarship, which is given to a deserving Graham County high school graduate.
The United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties Scholarship was awarded to twenty-six students: Kristianna Alva, daughter of Francyne; Tathra Ward, daughter of Ron and Lorene Shiflet; Ethan Bryce, son of Nathan and Sonda Bryce; Mirandy Griffin, daughter of Jessica Griffin – all from Thatcher; Rylan Taylor, son of Brent and Jeanine Taylor; Naomi Park, daughter of Robert and Noelle Park; Rhett Hawkins, son of Richie and Mickey Hawkins; Destiny Driver, daughter of Janice and Dave Driver, and Adamaris Hernandez, daughter of Juan F. Hernandez and Adriana Ojeda – all from Safford; Kayla Hawkins, daughter of Shane and Carol Hawkins; Elizabeth Warn, daughter of Travis and Tabitha Warn – both from of Pima; Megan Vansickle, daughter of Collista Jensen; Taralyn Neilson, daughter of Melissa Stewart; Melissa Claridge, daughter of Randall and Mindy Claridge – all of Duncan; Alyssa Bonilla, of Bylas, daughter of Anthony and Felicia Garcia; Alia Camacho, of Clifton, daughter of Steve and Sarah Camacho; Thaddeus Gray, of Morenci, son of Thaddeus and Amanda Gray; And the rest included Brittany Ewing, Shari Burnett, McKayla Wilson, Venicia Montez, Zack Walker, Austin Hogle, Natalye Hanna, Chantel Barber, and Jon Figueroa. The scholarship was established to benefit the high school graduates of Graham and Greenlee counties. The United Way understands the life-changing benefit of education and funds these scholarships to help our community improve the education level and earning ability of the youth in our community.
Savannah Sherwood, of Pima, daughter of Dale and Denna Sherwood, was awarded the Dr. Robin MacDonald Music Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students in EAC music programs.
Students wishing to receive scholarships for the next school year should complete their scholarship applications by March 1 for priority consideration.
For more information about EAC’s donor scholarships, or to create or endow a scholarship of your own, call the Director of EAC’s Foundation, David Udall at 428-8296; visit the website at https://www.eacalumni.org, and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eacalumni.org/.