Meet Our Scholarship Recipients
"I want to be there for others. That’s what drove me to public safety."
"I realize that my college education is a powerful privilege, and I plan to utilize my privilege to empower others."
"Lead by example is my philosophy."
"I know that I am on the right path."
"I received wonderful schooling that provided me with a career and not just a job."
" I am living proof that you can go from being homeless to the Ivy Leagues."
"I want to work with communities and guide them towards education. "
"I’m just scratching the surface in my education. To be noticed in any light, makes this so special. "
"Kind gestures make it possible for me to pursue my degree and help others in the future."
"I want to major in economics or finance with a focus on sustainable systems and engineering."
"You need a clear vision of what you want to achieve and a game plan that you follow."
"I feel like I’ve gone through this almost three-year process of every single possible way I could hit the lottery...I’ve hit the lottery! "
"With the scholarships that I’ve received, I plow through difficulties that life throws my way. "
"I hope to work in a hospital that serves the Native American population, to give back what was given to me. "
"I’m working toward a goal . . . to one day practice tribal law. "
"I’m already on the road to being one of the youngest African-American dentists in Arizona!"
"Chefs communicate art on a plate. I will hone that. It’s a labor of love."
"Everyone I’ve met on this journey has helped in different parts of my education. Their advice will help me in my future."
"My parent's sacrifices will pay off as I achieve goals through higher education."
"I am a person who shoots for the moon because even if I fail, I am still among the stars. "
"I take nothing for granted. I'm able to enjoy so many educational and leadership opportunities."
"Because of my desire to serve others at an early age, I always knew I wanted to study medicine."
"I plan to be the first from my family to graduate from college, but I do not intend to be the last."
"My dreams are an active and present reality."
"I promised myself that I was going to college. I knew I was just going to have to work hard, get high marks, and do my personal best!"
"Because of the scholarships I’ve received, I will be the first one in my family to graduate from college."
"I know that education will bring us success in our new home."
"My education will allow me to improve the quality of an organization that has changed the lives of numerous children."
"If it weren’t for the ACE program, and scholarship I received I would not have the opportunity to pursue my education."
"I’ve learned personal responsibility for my education and future. It’s a lesson that I will always carry with me."
"Today I have hopes of doors opening, and that my friends and I can continue our education. "
"I know that one day I will be Dr. Rodriguez."
"It's a wonderful feeling to have people who support my education and are willing to give their hard earned money in order to aid in my successes."
"I have a plan now that ACE gave me confidence and direction."
"I’ve gone back to school and I’m getting it together. You are never too old to learn!"
"I hope to work as a Policy Analyst for the Arizona Legislature."
"My college really supports me and the instructors are really understanding."
"There's no excuse to not better yourself through education. there are scholarships and people willing to help you achieve your potential."
"I just want to keep learning more things! I just can’t quench that thirst for knowledge."
"Once you start receiving scholarships, you know that others believe in you as well, and you can’t let them down!"
"My scholarship has helped me keep this great balance in life and I'm very appreciative."
"I was so determined to be included in the program that I just kept calling and calling until I was accepted!"
"I would like to get a Masters Degree in Public Policy or Public Administration and follow the road of public service."
"My parents didn’t go to college and it was difficult for them to understand my educational goals. Now they see how much I have achieved."
"South Mountain Community College was my first step, and the right step for me, so that I can become better prepared."
"Never give up – no matter your age, story or situation. Success is the sweetest revenge."
"Scholarships tremendously helped lift the financial burden off my shoulders."
"I always wanted to help people. I'm part of a team of medical professionals who work together to help bring people to better health."
"I always tell my younger brother and sister how important it is to go to college and follow their dreams."
"People thought that by living on my own in America, I could possibly turn the wrong way. I chose not to do so."
"There is so much assistance for people who really want to be successful and self-sufficient."
"I want to be a living honor to my grandmother, for her patriotic and brave work."
"I have a chance to make a difference in my children’s lives and other children’s lives too."
"I am determined to make this happen."
"I have a whole new view and perspective that I never thought possible."
"People are willing to help you get an education, you have to be willing to put in the time and the commitment!"
"The spirit of philanthropy drives our community. Investing in each other gives us faith that together we can be better."
"I'm so glad that I've been given this opportunity. It won't be wasted."
"Going to college with no family support or financial stability can be challenging, but the blessings you receive when you don’t give up are so worth it."
"Without scholarships I could not continue my higher education…they are imperative to me."
"I work on a team that has discovered a genetic cause of a rare type of ovarian cancer."
"I never could have dreamed I would be where I am now, so when things get rough I remind myself of everything I have accomplished so far, and of all the great things I am going to do."
"The CPLC scholarship program has helped me keep this great balance in my life, and I’m very appreciative."
"I have a wonderful career, self-sufficiency and independence."