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Local Order of the Eastern Star chapter donates $50,000 for EAC student scholarships

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Local Order of the Eastern Star chapter donates $50,000 for EAC student scholarships

By Kris McBride


The Order of the Eastern Star, Arcadia Chapter #9, donated $50,000 to the Eastern Arizona College Foundation to create a lasting endowment for local EAC student scholarships. Mollie Carlin and John Ratje, members of the Order, presented the donation to EAC President Todd Haynie and David Udall, executive director with the EAC Foundation.

Mollie Carlin read a prepared statement from Clara Page, secretary for the Order, when the donation was presented. “Our members strive to support community projects and welcome this opportunity to share our blessings. Thank you for all that you are doing to make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors in the Gila Valley and beyond.”

Recipients for the Order of the Eastern Star scholarship must:

“Generous donations like these are the reason most students leave EAC debt free,” said Udall. “We appreciate the Order of the Eastern Star’s commitment to improving the quality of life in this community through education. They are truly making a difference in the lives of others.”

To find out more about EAC’s academic and donated scholarships, please click here .

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Standing, left to right, are Todd Haynie, EAC president; Mollie Carlin, Order of the Eastern Star, Arcadia Chapter #9; John Ratje, Order of the Eastern Star, Arcadia Chapter #9; David Udall, EAC Alumni Foundation executive director [EAC – Sophia Saldana photo.]

About the Order of the Eastern Star, Arcadia Chapter #9:

The Order of the Eastern Star is a social, charitable, and fraternal organization to which both women and men can belong. It is an order composed of people of spiritual convictions and is open to all faiths. The purpose of the Order is to provide an organization where women and men with high moral and social character can join and contribute time, energy, and wisdom with charity, truth, and loving kindness for the good of all mankind. The Order is inter-generational and has members of all ages. Members become fast friends who not only work together for good causes, but also support one another in good and bad times. The Order remains rooted in charitable endeavors and fraternal fellowship and offers its members a wide variety of opportunities for personal growth and community involvement. The Arcadia Chapter #9 is located in Safford and is one of 31 chapters in the state. The Chapter was chartered in November 1902 in the territory of Arizona and is thus known as a Territorial Chapter.

About Eastern Arizona College:

Eastern Arizona College – the first community college in Arizona – has helped students achieve their dreams since 1888. With campuses in Thatcher, Globe, and Payson, EAC’s qualified and caring instructors prepare students for the most in-demand careers and advanced study at universities. EAC offers more than 80 certificates and degrees, including the #1 nursing school in Arizona, a fine arts program featuring the only marching band in Arizona, and an engineering program that brings students up to speed for success at universities and top-tiered firms. Students thrive at EAC, making friendships that last a lifetime. EAC’s vibrant student experience includes on-campus housing, more than 30 clubs and organizations, active intramurals, and nationally ranked athletic and e-sports teams. At EAC, most students leave with $0 debt. Let EAC provide an affordable way for you to claim your dreams. Contact or call (928) 428-8272 today.