Phoenix Union College-Bound Seniors Helped by Foundation Scholarships
The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education awarded $95,250 in scholarships in 2022. These funds will assist 52 Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) seniors in furthering their education at colleges and universities next year.
The Phoenix Union Foundation for Education is a 501(c)(3) that supports pathways to success in college, career, and life. The Foundation provides support for PXU college-going students, programs, and scholarships. It began in 1985 as the Phoenix Union Partnership of Business and Education, and in recent years, has focused on generating need-based scholarships for PXU students.
Scholarships range from $500 annually to $8,000 over a four-year academic career. Funds are distributed from a pool of scholarship resources provided by individual and organizational donors to employee contributions and fundraising events.
Six seniors received four-year scholarships totaling $8,000. Luis Ceballos, Metro Tech; Trinity Markham, Cesar Chavez; Melona Medhane, Betty Fairfax; Natalia Perales, Trevor Browne; Kiera Rodriguez, North; Ximena Sanchez Corral, Carl Hayden.
Fifteen students benefited from the generosity of PXU employees whose contributions were used for the Invest in the Best Scholarships of $1,000 each. The PXU Black Alliance Scholarship awarded three students $2000 each for a total of $6000. Thirteen students earned named scholarships totaling $13,250. The PXU Sports Hall of Fame Athletics Awards provided 24 scholarships to student-athletes from 11 campuses.
Scholarship applications are available annually to all District seniors and are due in April. This year, the Foundation received support from volunteers, business, community, and education professionals to read and score the applications.
Individuals or businesses interested in volunteering or making scholarship donations to the Foundation for Education can visit www.foundation4education.org. In 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation, in partnership with PXU, launched an apparel store with $1 from every sale going to the Emergency Assistance Fund supporting PXU families in need. The need still exists, as does the store. The store can be found at https://stores.inksoft.com/PXU/shop/home.