Supporting a hundred-year track record of supporting youth and education programs, Cox has announced the awarding of $35,000 for 10 Cox Diversity Scholarships to Valley high school students, that will support their future education after graduation. The 2021 Cox Diversity Scholars have identified a wide variety of future professions such as pediatric surgeon, teacher, news producer, orthodontist, marine biologist, biomedical engineer and lawyer. Each of the Cox Diversity Scholars will receive $3,500 from Cox.
“At Cox, diversity, inclusion and equity are interwoven in our core values and part of what makes our company special. These unique perspectives enable our employees, our customers, and our communities to be themselves and connect as part of a thriving culture. These Diversity Scholarships are a natural extension of how Cox continues to bring us together and we are very proud of these students,” said Susan Anable, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, Cox Southwest Region.
This year’s Arizona Cox Diversity Scholars are:
1. Syed Ali who graduated from University High School in Tolleson and will attend the University of Arizona where he will study biomedical engineering on his path to becoming a pediatric orthopedic surgeon
2. Jesus Gonzalez who graduated from Trevor G. Browne High School in Phoenix and will attend Northern Arizona University where he will study education on his way to becoming a teacher
3. Chasitty Guzman who graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix and will attend the University of Arizona where she will study pre-law on her way to becoming an immigration attorney
4. Chloe Hiller who graduated from Arcadia High School in Phoenix and will attend the University of Arizona where she will study Journalism on her way to becoming a news producer
5. Sonia Martinez Jimenez who graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa and will attend the University of Arizona where she will study biochemistry on her way to becoming an orthodontist
6. Mariza McNatt who graduated from North High School in Phoenix and intends to become a biomedical engineer
7. Yvonne Moreira-Andrade who graduated from Bioscience High School in Phoenix and intends to study biology in college on her way to becoming a marine biologist
8. Jennifer Olague who graduated from Dysart High School in El Mirage and will attend Grand Canyon University where she will study biomedicine on her way to becoming a biomedical engineer
9. Siddhant Saxena who graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale and will attend Arizona State University where he will study biomedicine on his way to becoming a physician
10. Kidist Taye who graduated from University High School in Tolleson and will attend Washington University in St. Louis where she will study global studies on her way to becoming an attorney
“I am honored to be the recipient of the $3500 Cox Diversity Scholarship for 2021 and I am thankful for Cox’s generosity. Being awarded this scholarship not only reduces my financial burden, but it further motivates me to stay committed to working hard as I pursue a degree in Journalism at The University of Arizona,” said scholar Chloe Hiller.
Cox presented $35,000 in Diversity Scholarships to students in the Valley in partnership with other diverse organizations including YWCA Metro Phoenix, Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders, Be a Leader Foundation, NAACP Maricopa Branch, One n Ten, Black Chamber of Arizona and Chicanos Por La Causa.
The competitive scholarships required the applicants to be on track for graduation with a minimum 2.5- grade point average, provide demonstrated leadership and community service as well as submit an essay focused on a significant leader from their respective diverse community.