Twenty-five new full-time students arrived at EAC last week, thanks to the United Way of Graham County
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—As EAC’s fall semester began, many full-time students were on campus who likely would not be attending except for the generosity of the United Way of Graham County and those who support their fundraising efforts. Last spring, 25 students were offered full-tuition scholarships made possible by a $50,000 grant from the United Way of Graham County. Local fundraising and matching grants have grown in recent years and the United Way has been pleased to provide assistance across the Gila Valley.
Student recipients of the United Way Scholarship were from local high schools including Fort Thomas, Pima, Thatcher, Mt. Graham, Safford, Duncan and Morenci. Twelve of the student recipients were able to gather for the photograph during the first week of school.
“We wish to thank the United Way of Graham County for their generosity,” said David Udall, executive director of the EAC Alumni Association and Foundation. “Their investment in the lives of our local students will mean opportunities for better employment and trained employees for local businesses, health care facilities, and government organizations. We look forward to seeing them fulfill their potential and in turn giving back to the community in the future.”
The students have expressed their thanks in writing and in word. Some of their thoughts of appreciation are shown in the notes below.
By awarding me the United Way Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. - Evelyn West
Without this scholarship I might not have been able to start college this year. My family is not very financially stable. As much as they would like to help me they simply cannot. Because they can't help, any amount of money means a great deal to me. I wish to personally thank you for your generous donations to the United Way Scholarship. This scholarship is very important to me and anyone else who is lucky enough to receive it. - Daniel Hawkins
By awarding me the United Way Scholarship, you have diminished my financial problems concerning tuition, allowing me to focus on learning—the most important aspect of school. I can only wish one day I will be able to help and give back to students and my community just as you have helped me. - Dominique Burgman
### 1st row left to right – Mikal Pate, Evelyn West, Taylor Barney, Dominique Burgman, Tiaerra Jordan, and Noemi Ramos