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Scholarships awarded at annual banquet

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Scholarships awarded at annual banquet

Over 80 Eastern Arizona College students and area high school students were recognized for their scholastic achievements at the 21st Annual Scholarship Dinner held in Thatcher on Sept. 16. The evening recognized donors and recipients of some 57 scholarships. Many of the scholarships are annually funded by the generous contributions of a range of organizations and individuals, while the other awards are endowed scholarships funded by the earnings of endowment funds provided by the generous gifts of various donors.

Receiving the EAC Alumni Association Scholarships were Trevor Richins, Adrianna Curtis, Brianca Hall, Shelly Reynolds, Robert Bryant, Adrienne Pratt, Jordan Mayberry, Erin Wolslagel, Tana Welker, Melissa Kay, and Jolyn Fralie. The Alumni Association Scholarship is presented to the child or grandchild of an EAC Alumnus who has demonstrated exemplary character traits and academic ability.

The Arizona State Savings and Credit Union Scholarship went to Brooklyn Norton. The Arizona State Savings and Credit Union awards this scholarships to Arizona residents majoring in Business and who are credit union members.

The Ashley Marie Beals Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Megan Mattice. This scholarship memorializes the life of Ashley Marie Beals and seeks to improve the quality of health care in Southeastern Arizona and beyond. It is awarded to a full time student enrolled in the EAC Nursing Program or pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in pre-medical science.

James Justice received the Bank One Scholarship, which is awarded to a returning student majoring in Business who has a high GPA and participates in extracurricular activities.

The family and friends of Tony and William Bernstein have contributed to establish a memorial to provide the opportunity of higher education to a deserving student seeking a degree in Industrial Technology or Environmental Biology. This year’s recipient was Michael Crane.

Amber Thomas received the Bill and Naoma McGlocklin Scholarship. It is awarded to a student with the goals, dedication and character to become an exceptional nurse. The recipient must be enrolled in EAC’s Nursing Program.

The Clara Curtis Bennett Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Daniel P. Hopkins. This scholarship is provided by Max Bennett as a memorial to his wife, Clara Curtis Bennett, to improve the future of our community and country.

The Clara M. Drobka Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Czerina Garcia. This scholarship is provided by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas to a new or returning student who demonstrates qualities of high moral character and integrity.

The College Park Scholarship is presented by Gerald Deabel, who desires to be a good neighbor and support to the community. This year’s recipient was Kailee Ferguson.

Ruth McDaniel was the recipient of the Dr. Dorine Chancellor Scholarship given by the Arizona Business and Professional Women’s Foundation to a female wanting to gain or enhance her career skills.

The DRG Technologies Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in Business or Computer Information Systems and was awarded this year to Jaci Pearson.

Richard Jason Beals received the EAC Faculty Association Scholarship. The EAC Faculty Association awards a scholarship to a student returning for the sophomore year. Selection criteria include grade point average, extracurricular activities at the College, and community involvement.

Robin Brewer was the recipient of the Emil Crockett Scholarship which is given annually by the Emil Crockett Insurance Agency to an outstanding returning student from Graham County who is majoring in business.

Follett College Stores Scholarship went to Justin Esquibel. The scholarship is awarded to a returning student majoring in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration or Small Business Management with a high cumulative grade point average.

The Gila Valley SME (Society of Mining, Metallurgical and Exploration Engineers) Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to complete a four-year engineering degree. This year’s recipient was Ryan Williams.

Christopher Prestwich was awarded the Jesse U. DeVaney Scholarship. It is awarded to a returning student majoring in Business Administration or Computer Science. Jesse DeVaney dedicated 37 years of service to EAC where he served as an instructor in Business Administration and later in administrative positions including Registrar, and Dean of Admissions, Research and Development.

The Keith and Kathleen McBride Crockett Family Alumni Scholarship is awarded to a student who is the child or grandchild of an EAC alumnus and honors the service of Keith and Kathleen and their children. Keith served as president of the EAC Alumni Association for 14 years and as a member of the EAC Foundation Board for 13 years. This year’s recipient was Rocki Gibbons.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW 10385 Scholarship was awarded to Kristie Keiffer. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a veteran or relative of a veteran of the United States Armed Services.

Ryan Merrill received the M. Williams Scholarship which is awarded to students who desire to make the most of their educational opportunities and go on to strengthen the communities where they live.

The Mary Kim Titla Scholarship is awarded annually to a Native American student enrolled full-time at EAC. The recipient must posess qualities of personal integrity, good moral character, and good citizenship and maintain a high GPA. This year’s recipient was Melanie Jim.

The Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Board of Directors Nursing Scholarship went to Richard Jason Beals, MarJean Poindexter, Tabitha Cervantes, Tiffany French Hayes, Heather Olcott, Shannon Goodman-Morris, Dennis Skinner, and Kim Grigsby Randall. The Mt. Graham Community Hospital Board of Directors provides this scholarship to an EAC student seeking a degree in nursing.

The Newman Club Scholarship went to Aimee Montano and Cristina Munoz. The Newman Club gives these scholarships to deserving returning students who are active participants in the Newman Club and are excellent examples of Catholic youth both on and off campus.

The Ora Deconcini-Martin Scholarship was awarded to Cori Good. As a graduate of the Gila Academy, Mrs. Deconcini-Martin went on to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through this scholarship, she hopes to inspire others to continue in this tradition.

Stephanie Povatah received the Pizza Edge Scholarship which was established by EAC alumnus Larry Justice and his wife, Diane. Recipients must maintain a high GPA, good citizenship, character, and integrity.

The Safford Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship provides a scholarship to women returning to college after an interruption caused by occupational or family responsibilities. This year’s recipients were Misty Alexander and Belinda Boring.

The Safford Lions Club Drafting Scholarship went to Shelly Reynolds. The Safford Lions Club provides this scholarship to a full-time student pursuing a degree in Drafting Technology.

The Safford Rotary Club Scholarship went to Auraelia Emery. This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Graham County high school graduate.

The William N. “Billy” Stroud III Memorial Athletic Training Scholarship is awarded by Mr. and Mrs. Stroud in memory of their son to a student having leadership ability and pursuing a career in Athletic Training. This year’s recipient was Julie Hall.

Receiving the Woman’s Club of Safford Math/Science Award was Kristie Watson. The award is given to an outstanding math/science student who has maintained a high academic record throughout enrollment at EAC.

Receiving the Woman’s Club of Safford Music Award was Crystal Willyerd. The award is given to a Gila Valley High School graduate majoring in music.

The Allen H. and Marie A. Cress Memorial Music Scholarship was established by Mrs. Arleen Gosselin in memory of her father and mother, it is given to a student participating in the A Capella choir. This year’s recipient is Michael Pettingill.

The Debra Mullenaux Memorial Scholarship was created as a tribute to the life and memory of Debra Mullenaux to help students who have demonstrated lives of goodness and integrity gain an education. It is awarded to a married full-time student. This year’s recipient was Tyson Capel.

The Dr. David G. Lunt Choral Music Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Lunt who served as choral director at EAC for 21 years and built a program that is recognized across Arizona and beyond for excellent and uplifting entertainment. This year’s recipient was Elias Osuna.

The Dr. Pam Rule Memorial Scholarship went to Ruth Guttierez. This scholarship memorializes Dr. Rule who taught Anthropology courses at EAC and served as Director of the EAC Museum of Anthropology from 1986 to 1989.

The recipient of the Eldon and Lucille Palmer Memorial Scholarship was Jennifer McQuade. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time Thatcher High School graduate pursuing a degree in music.

The Ella T. and J. David Lee Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in a vocational field. This year’s recipient was Emily Rios.

The George R. Bingham Jr. Memorial Drama Scholarship is provided in memory of George R. Bingham Jr. by his family and friends, and is awarded to a full-time student seeking a degree in Theatre and Cinematic Arts. This year’s recipient was Brieanna Breckenridge.

The H. Greg Brockmeier Scholarship was awarded to Tiffanie Barton. H. Greg Brockmeier provided 32 years of service to this community and his employer. Sodexho, Inc. and Affiliates honors Greg with this scholarship.

Gordon Meikle Garrett received the Harvey J. and Loretta Olsen Memorial Scholarship, which was established by a bequest from Harvey and Loretta Olsen. It is awarded to a returning Sophomore seeking a university transfer degree.

The Helen Johnson Bone Scholarship, is awarded by William J. Bone on behalf of his late wife, Helen Johnson Bone, to a homemaker or displaced homemaker seeking a degree from EAC. The recipient this year was Heather Olcott.

The John Mickelson Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Trenton Mattice. The scholarship is given in memory of the late Arizona State Senator John Mickelson, to an outstanding student athlete who will be returning to EAC.

Holly Carlson and Christine Roof were the recipients of the Kathryn Murphy-Spencer L. Kimball Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to returning students majoring in a university transfer curriculum with an excellent grade point average, who have provided service to the College and the community.

The Meghan Lynne Hammer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kyle Zale. The scholarship was established by family and friends in loving memory of Meghan Lynne Hammer. The recipients must be full-time students from Globe/Miami who participate in band.

The recipients of the Phyllis Martin Lord Scholarship were Danielle Causey and Monica Ibarra. The scholarship was established in memory of Phyllis Martin Lord. The scholarships are awarded annually to students demonstrating economic need, scholarship potential, characteristics of personal integrity, and service to family, church, and community.

Phelan Bauman received the Ruth Merrill Moeller Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Theo L. Moeller in honor of his wife of 50 years and commemorating the beginning of that relationship at Gila College and is awarded to a full-time music major.

Raelynn Brown was awarded the Sarah Lamoreaux Memorial Scholarship. This award is provided by the Edwin Lamoreaux family in loving memory of their daughter Sarah. The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate qualities of goodness, enthusiasm, dedication, and be a positive role model for EAC.

The William J. Bone Scholarship went to Karyn Rutherford. The scholarship is awarded by William J. Bone, to a deserving student who has been determined to possess personal integrity, good moral character and good citizenship.

Other scholarships that were awarded earlier in the year included the Anna Deane Millett, Don and Carlotta Pace Scholarship, which is presented in memory of Gila Vally philanthropists and educators Don and Carlotta Pace to a student who has achieved academically while a freshman at EAC and who will be returning in the coming year. This year’s recipient was Helen R. Wood.

The Bette N. Smith Nursing Scholarship went to MarJean Poindexter. The scholarship is funded in Bette’s memory by her family.

The Dallace Butler Memorial Scholarship is given by the family of Dallace Butler in his memory. He was employed in many capacities at EAC, the last being the counselor for the Micronesian Project. This year’s recipient is Emily Naron.

The Douglas Michael Loeb Memorial Scholarship is presented to a full-time student majoring in either Auto Mechanics or Auto Service Technology. This year’s recipients are Jason Doubt, W. Brent Taylor, and Gabriel Hernandez.

Angela Taylor and Carol Ann DeLeon were this year’s recipients of the Elizabeth Louise Loeb Memorial Scholarship. It is given in honor of the late Elizabeth Louise Loeb in honor of her long-standing support of education.

Mariana Hortelano was the recipient of the Fred and Olga Pace Scholarship. It is given to a deserving Graham County resident who is seeking a degree that provides preparation for gainful employment.

The Glenn West Memorial Art Scholarship was awarded to Rachel Diane Lohman and Deborah Turner. This scholarship is awarded to returning sophomores with a major in any art curriculum and a high GPA.

The Russell T. and Leola Lundell Memorial Scholarship is given to a chemistry major with a high GPA who demonstrates good character and gives service to the College. The recipient this year was Jorden Marble.

The Virginia Rae Barr Memorial Scholarship is funded through an endowment provided by Mrs. Virginia Vornauf and is awarded to an EAC student majoring in Early Childhood Development or Education. This year’s recipient was Amber Nichole Barnes.

Gordon Meikle Garrett received the William D. Smith Memorial Scholarship which is awarded to a student majoring in drafting who has demonstrated outstanding drafting ability.

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.