FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Raymond Educational Foundation will be sending 29 more students to college, each on a $1,000-scholarship. Members of the Flagstaff organization presented a check for $29,000 to the Coconino Community College Foundation at Dr. Tom Montfort's dental office Aug. 12.
"I was fortunate to have attended last year's ... graduate banquet and met or heard several of the speakers who had received Raymond Scholarships," said Montfort, president of the Foundation. "Their speaking presence and their compelling stories were inspiring. These fine young people are the core of Dr. Raymond's vision: to be good citizens and stewards of our earth through post high school higher education or training. The Raymond Educational Foundation has been helping in this way for over 50 years and will probably do this for many years to come."
To be eligible for the scholarship funds, students must be Coconino County residents, have at least a nine-hour credit load and maintain a 3.0 grade-point-average. Preference is given to graduates of high schools in the county.
CCC student Brenndon Tso is one of the scholarship recipients. He is studying psychology and says he hopes to be a clinical psychologist. "This allowed me to pay more attention to my studies [instead] of worrying about the financial part."
The Raymond Educational Foundation has been an organization since 1951. It is the largest private donor for CCC scholarships.
"The Foundation is so important because we view this funding as an investment for our citizens," said Raymond Educational Foundation member Sarah Cromer.
"Because of the Raymond Foundation's continued support, we are able to award scholarships to more students than ever before," said CCC Assistant Director for Student Financial Assistance Lisa Hill. "This is a significant contribution because of the number of students it reaches, and because it helps directly with costs associated with college."
The Raymond Educational Foundation is a long-time supporter of the college. This gift comes after last year's $25,000 contribution.