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United Way of Graham County provides 25 scholarships to local students

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United Way of Graham County provides 25 scholarships to local students

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—The United Way of Graham County recently announced that they will continue funding scholarships for high school graduates coming to Eastern Arizona College from Graham and Greenlee Counties. Currently, twenty-five students are attending Eastern with tuition scholarships and this announcement will make higher education a possibility for twenty-five more area students.

“Local students exhibiting financial need with their EAC scholarship applications will be chosen this spring for the scholarship award,” said David Udall, executive director of the EAC Alumni Association and Foundation. “Many of the students being awarded these scholarships would have likely not attended school for the entire year, especially as full-time students.”

The EAC Foundation, on behalf of these students, is profoundly grateful for the opportunities made possible through the help from the United Way of Graham County. These students have expressed their thanks in writing and in word. Some of their thoughts of appreciation are shown in the notes below.

“Without this, my education would have been extremely difficult to pay for … Thank you again for this scholarship and this opportunity for me to continue on to get a higher education [in Computer Assisted Drafting].” – James-Michael Holguin

“I don’t know how to express how thankful I am for you … I don’t know how we would have paid for my schooling without you. You have truly blessed our lives and we are grateful!” – Cassidy Hinton

“I wanted to say thank you for the scholarship…Without it I wasn’t going to be able to pay for classes this year. I’m very thankful to you. Thank you!” – Tyler Post

“Having a college in my hometown is awesome on its own… This program is amazing and I’m so thankful it was able to bless my life and I hope it blesses many more. Again thank you.” – Autumn Hendricks