Central Arizona College English Department awards scholarships

Central Arizona College Superstition Campus at 805 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

This spring, Central Arizona College English faculty provided two types of scholarships — completion or book —- to 23 students, totaling $9,338.

Four completion scholarships, totaling $4,638 were awarded, enabling the selected students to complete and graduate from CAC this May, according to a press release. Additionally, 19 book scholarships helped students purchase books and supplies at CAC’s bookstores. Each book scholarship was $250.

The completion scholarship aims to assist CAC students who are close to completing a degree or certificate and in need of tuition assistance.

To apply, students had to submit a 500-plus-word essay explaining why the funds were needed for completion, maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and have between three and 18 credits remaining to complete their degree or certificate.

The non-renewable scholarship covered up to 15 credit hours, with a maximum of $1,290 to be awarded per student.

The book scholarship requirements were slightly different. Students had to submit a 250-300 word essay on how CAC has helped them, as a student, achieve their educational goals.

Students had to be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours for the spring semester, achieve a grade of B or better in ENG 101 and have selected a program of study or major.

More than 40 students applied for the available scholarship opportunities, a release states.

“I am very grateful to be one of the recipients of the CAC English Department Book Scholarship,” Ravenna Hinojosa, who received a book scholarship, said in a prepared statement.

“This scholarship not only covered the entire costs of my textbooks, but also essential school supplies that I needed. It really meant a lot to me to receive this funding, as it took away much of the stress that comes with the start of a new semester. I felt I was more prepared to begin classes, as I had the necessary materials and was able to put the money I would have spent on textbooks towards my tuition payment.

“The CAC Book Scholarship helped me work on my educational goals, since I started the spring semester without worry or stress. I would like to thank the English Department for providing this incredibly helpful scholarship.”

David Pecusa was one of the four recipients of the completion scholarship.

“Receiving the Completion Scholarship from CAC English Department compels a deep sense of gratitude,” he said in a prepared statement. “Realizing that graduation is in sight, it is possible to continue higher education even though it has been many years after high school.”

Karen Hindhede, professor of English and literary art and the languages division chair, said the faculty is “extremely pleased” to assist students financially.

“The money can make such a difference in students being able to complete their educational goals,” she said in a prepared statement.

“We are so proud of each of these students who deserve the scholarship based on their hard work.”

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