Flagstaff mayor, Pine Canyon Club step up for college students

From left: Coconino County Juvenile Court representatives Diedra Silbert and Bryon Matsuda accepted a giant check signed by Pine Canyon Club President Warren Smith and Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson for the Step-Up Scholarship. CCC President Tom Jordan thanked the group for coming together to create the scholarship and college opportunities for young people associated with the juvenile court system. Also pictured is CCC Foundation Director Bob Erb (Photo courtesy of CCC).

From left: Coconino County Juvenile Court representatives Diedra Silbert and Bryon Matsuda accepted a giant check signed by Pine Canyon Club President Warren Smith and Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson for the Step-Up Scholarship. CCC President Tom Jordan thanked the group for coming together to create the scholarship and college opportunities for young people associated with the juvenile court system. Also pictured is CCC Foundation Director Bob Erb (Photo courtesy of CCC).

FLAGSTAFF-Flagstaff Mayor Joe Donaldson, the mayor's mother Mary Donaldson, Pine Canyon Club and Juvenile Court Services are teaming up with Coconino Community College (CCC) to bring out the college student in young people associated with the Coconino County juvenile court system. Applications for the new Step Up Scholarship are available now for the 2007 fall semester.

The Donaldsons are contributing $15,000-matched by Pine Canyon Club-to create the Step-Up Endowed Scholarship through the CCC Foundation. Juvenile Court Services is also donating $5,000. The annual scholarship will pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies at CCC for one or more students who are selected by Bryon Matsuda, Coconino County juvenile court director.

"Our donors' life-changing vision of a scholarship fund that educationally empowers past court-involved youth toward a successful future is only surpassed by our donors' incredible kindness and generosities," said Matsuda.

Applicants must be high school graduates or have completed a GED, have an academic plan documented by a CCC advisor and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

"To us it's all about education, education, education. It's no longer acceptable to leave some children behind," said Mayor Donaldson. "By providing these scholarship monies, my mother and I hope to make our future one of opportunities, and not liabilities."

The idea of the scholarship came out of a discussion with the college, the mayor and juvenile court representatives about how to help potential students receive an education, students who might otherwise not have the opportunity, said CCC Foundation Director Robert Erb. "We were looking for something that could give these individuals direction and meaning in their lives and help them to become responsible and successful citizens."

"This is a very good cause to help those who may have made some mistakes and need a fresh start," said Pine Canyon Club President Warren Smith. "It's always been our philosophy to be part of the community and participate in the community in positive ways. We want to help the city where we make our living and where we reside."

The college's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students will be mentoring the scholarship recipients. "I hope that through the mentoring program, I can share my own experiences in education and service so that someone else might find his path to a similarly enriched quality of living," said PTK Past President and CCC student Ian Montanye-McRee.

Coconino County Juvenile Court Services Prevention Coordinator Diedra Silbert had served as CCC's career development counselor from 1995 to 2000. "I saw a lot of people who had made mistakes but wanted to go somewhere with their lives. They knew education was the way to do that. Those are the kind of people who will be benefiting from the Step-Up Scholarship."

Applications for the Step-Up Scholarship are available at Juvenile Court at 1001 E. Sawmill Road in Flagstaff. Completed applications for fall scholarships are due Friday, June 22. For more information call Silbert at 226-5431.

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