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More than 150 Education Forward Arizona Scholars and their families honored in Phoenix


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  • Kristy Jozwiak   |   Education Forward Arizona

More Than 150 Education Forward Arizona Scholars And Their Families Honored In Phoenix. Photo Courtesy Education Forward Arizona

In an effort to expand college access and attainment across the state, Education Forward Arizona honored more than 150 Arizona college graduates in a special ceremony last night at its headquarters in Phoenix.

All of the students, many of which are the first-generation college graduates, received scholarships and/or mentorship support from the nonprofit organization.   

The graduates have all earned degrees from various colleges and universities this month, including: Arizona State University, Benedictine University at Mesa, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University, Tohono O’odham Community College, University of Arizona, University of Washington, and Universidad Estatal de Sonora.

“We are beyond proud of each one of these Education Forward Arizona Scholars,” said Dr. Richard Daniel, Executive Vice President of Education Forward Arizona. “They represent the incredible talent of Arizona students and we’re honored to be able to share in their educational success.”

As part of their scholarship opportunity, the students received support from success advisers, who offered coaching and mentoring and helped them to successfully navigate through their college experience. The advisers also connect the scholars with campus resources and provide guidance to keep the students on track to graduate. Toward the end of their college experience, the advisers also help students transition into careers. 

Not only have these graduates overcome tremendous obstacles to earn scholarships and start, persist in, and graduate from college, but they also have continuously achieved success while experiencing adversity throughout their college careers. As evidenced by their degrees and future careers, these graduates are going places. They aspire to work in healthcare, mental health, law, engineering, and design and will surely contribute back to the community.  

The Education Forward Arizona 2022 scholarship college graduates honored include:

Arizona State University


Alexa Alvarez Valdivia


Athziri  Arvizu Leon


Steele Baldwin


Allissia Bandin


Bridget Beltran-Perez


Mikel Bonner   


Christian Combs (Lake Havasu)


Kenya  Cornejo Ramos


Carina Garcia


Luis Garcia Arellano   


Luis Gaxiola Gonzalez


Lusadriana Ibarra Leon


Delanie Cencelewski (Kingman)


Daniela Marquez (San Luis)


Monica Marquez


Jerina Winter Gabriel


Jazmin Gutierrez


Nilda Hernandez


Maricela Moya Pena (San Luis)


Rachell Peña


Jocelyne Meza Marquez


Rosario Tirado Diaz (San Luis)


Abraham Viveros Valenzuela


Aspyn Walters


Marco Zepeda (San Luis)


David Ortiz


Edward Gutierrez (Tempe)


Trevonte McClain


Andrew Garcia (Arizona City)


Shailene Edwards (San Carlos)


Kristiann Ferreira (San Carlos)


Michelle Ramirez-Tunales


Epiphany Jones (Tucson)


Diana Arellano Barajas


Fernanda Damian Melchor


Ashley Hernandez


Gisela Laprada


Melissa Lopez


Nina Estrella    


Kevin Evaristo


Kevin Moore (Phoenix)


Denisse Moreno Quiroz


Sergio Navarro


Abigail Garcia


Caitlin Gilbert-Kroen   


Gunner Tillemans


Griselda Tizcareno


Chase Walther


Gabriela Lopez


Jose Martinez


Valentino Mejia


Cindy Mojica Bayardo


Erwin Panuco Gamez


Carlos Rivas


Sofia Rocha    


Daniel Romero


Airam Sanchez


Nancy Suarez-Castro


Letsy Valencia Canizalez


Cassity Wellington


Yasmin Silva


Monica Lam


Eduardo Teodosio Campuzano


Selena Teran 


Benedictine University at Mesa


Gala Escareno 


Grand Canyon University


Vanesa Judith De La Vara (Phoenix)


Pricila Hultquist


Tyre Kim (Cottonwood)


Aydee Ramirez


Judit Vargas (Prescott Valley)


Kesha Leon (Laveen)


Sanny Cortes Nery


Erika Magana


Kayre Meza


Michelle Ramirez


Luis Pena Espinoza 


Northern Arizona University


Gabriel Castillo (San Luis)


Damira Clark (Cottonwood)


Jakeb Cook


Rene Guerrero


Hayley Cunningham


Jaqueline Martinez (Bullhead City)


Esther Evins


Levi Parker (Clarkdale)


Shawntee Shegogue (Prescott Valley)


Alison Rosenberger


Nelva Valenzuela (Flagstaff)


Margaux Sarno (Prescott Valley)


Kaitlyn Williams


Yasmin Leon


Ana Barrios


Dustin Bright (Flagstaff)


Ackela Eldridge


Alyssa Manion


Jasmine Nava


Sarah Raff


Brian Varela (Flagstaff)

Brooklyn Merrill 

Ashleigh Quintana

Airam Valenzuela

Andrea Hernandez Limon (Peoria)

Zowie McShane

Gabriella Muse

Kelly Pearson

Kimberly Rodriguez 

Tohono O’odham Community College

Danielle Kouyoumdijian (Tucson) 

Universidad Estatal de Sonora

Lizdy Valenzuela (San Luis Rio Colorado) 

University of Arizona

Jan Carlo Acuna-Estrada

Jazael Carrasco (Tucson)

Valeria Castro Nunez

Nicole Cuadras

Anthony De La Cruz

Nancy Guzman

Luisa Hernandez

Caroline Karlinsey

Estefany Mota

Audrey Lim

Aaron Massis

Hugo Pedrego Estrada

Brianna Mendoza

Kendra Monroe (Phoenix)

Kaitlyn Moss (Tucson)

Katelyn Prouty 

MaKenzi Thompson

Connor Fletcher

Katelyn Calvillo (Avondale)

Brenda Dicochea (Tucson)

Alejandra Becerra Linares

Dylan Boyd

Yasmine Flores 

Elizabeth Hall

Anthony Margules

Jake Morin 

Reyna Perez

Citlally Salazar

Adriana Sanchez

Zul Santiago

Harun AbdiIram Arce

Daniel Cruz

Paulina Gutierrez (Tucson) 

University of Washington

Lawrence Zephier-Reed

Education Forward Arizona champions P-20 education attainment as critical to advancing the state’s economy and improving the quality of life of its residents. We do this by advocating for solutions, implementing innovative programs and services, and using our voice to drive progress towards the goals in the Arizona Education Progress Meter. Learn more at EducationForwardArizona.org.