Each year, Community Celebrating Diversity offers youth scholarships to college-bound high school students. The sponsors of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event provides the funds for the scholarships.
Since 2007, 52 students have been awarded a total of $126,500 in scholarships. (2022)
The 2023 scholarship cycle is now closed.
Please contact Joe Rusin at 480-205-8620 for further information.
The Community Celebrating Diversity Scholarship is funded by the corporate sponsors of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. CCD sponsors five $2,500 scholarships (two for pursuing a STEM degree and three for general education) to high school graduates who show promise of continued excellence in academics and community service.
These scholarships are for study at post-secondary institutions of higher education in Arizona. The following selection criteria are utilized in identifying our scholarship recipients:
The eligible student must be a full-time resident of Arizona and has community involvement in Scottsdale.
The eligible student must be a U.S. citizen, or provide evidence that he or she is a permanent resident of the United States.
The eligible student must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
THE 2023 SCHOLARSHIP CYCLE IS NOW CLOSED
2022 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP RECEPIENTS
Natalie Foster will be graduating from Saguaro High School with distinction from the Scottsdale Math and Science Academy. She is the President of the Sisters in STEM initiative, a community service program that invites elementary and middle school students to various events where they can participate in STEM related activities. She is also the President of Saguaros FRC robotics team and spends time volunteering with elementary and middle school robotics teams. Natalie will be majoring in Civil Engineering with a focus in sustainability at ASU Barrett.
Esther Low is an International Baccalaureate graduate of Desert Mountain High School. She is headed to Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University to pursue a major in biological sciences and one day be in the medical field. She is most grateful to God, her family, friends, and teachers who have been there for her.
Throughout high school, Esther led as president of the Ambassadors club and school tutoring club. She made it her goal to help other students and create community. Esther aspires to continue her passions and ambitions and as she furthers her education at Arizona State University.
2021 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
2021 Scholarship Award Recipients Jazmin Preston, Jessica Gordon, Aylin Garcia Lugo, Cassandra Coppo, and Arianna Silva
2020 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
2020 Scholarship Award Recipients William Noll, Eve Rennie, Jaclyn Fishbach, Carsten Ramirez, and Brianne Iannone.
2019 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
2019 Scholarship Award Recipients Ally Lugowski, Pilar Artega, Mia Powell, Kaitlyn Moorehaed, and Max Walker (not pictured) with the MLK Event Scholarship Committee, CCD Board Members, and Sponsors.
2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
2017 Scholarship Award Recipient Grace Sluga with the MLK Event Scholarship Committee, CCD Board Members, and Sponsors.
2018 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
2018 Scholarship Award Recipients Analisa Peterson and Maheeyah Mukarram with the MLK Event Scholarship Committee, CCD Board Members, and Sponsors.