Coronado Promise Scholarship applications now online
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
Community organizations and leaders have come together to offer graduating seniors in the Coronado High school class of 2023 two years of free college via the Coronado Promise.
The scholarship awards up to $5,000 over a two-year period to students who enroll at one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges or at an Arizona certificate-granting, regionally accredited technical training/trade school, according to a press release.
The Coronado Promise was born from the efforts of the Scottsdale Charros, Coronado Foundation for the Future, Scottsdale Unified School District, and Scottsdale Community College to encourage students in the Coronado Learning Community to attend Coronado High School and pursue higher education upon graduation.
Upon learning of the Coronado Promise, Coronado High School alumnus Rob Flick pledged $1 million to support the program through the Flick Family Foundation. The program funded 27 graduates in 2022 and plans to offer a similar number of scholarships in 2023.
Applications are now available at CoronadoPromise.com and in the “Gear Up” office at Coronado High School and are due March 6, 2023. Students are encouraged to inquire early for assistance in completing the application. Translators are available.
Coronado High School has long served predominantly low-income students who will become the first in their family to attend a higher learning institution. Coronado Promise advocates hope the scholarship will support and encourage students’ ambition and help ease their path, removing some of the obstacles inhibiting their success, the release states.
“Education plays a significant role in helping end the cycle of poverty by providing students with improved opportunities for the future,” said Dennis Robbins, executive director, Scottsdale Charros. “More education is associated with higher lifetime incomes, better job prospects, a longer life, increased community involvement, and better physical and mental health.”
The Coronado Promise boasts more than just a financial gift as each scholarship recipient is provided a mentor and a support system to help guide them through the transition from high school to college.
Past Coronado Scholarship recipient Juan Ernesto Booth noted, “Not only does the scholarship provide financial aid, it introduces students to an entire team dedicated to the success of those participants. The scholarship is more than just the money, it opens the doors to guidance, counseling, and people who truly believe in the future of those receiving it.”