Rio Rico High School students receive Dorrance Scholarships - AZEdNews
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Rio Rico High School students receive Dorrance Scholarships

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  • Dr. Carol Cullen/ Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35

(from Left) Angel Ojeda, Frida Sophia Gomez, And Marysela Alvarez Recognized At SCVUSD Governing Board Meeting For Receipt Of Dorrance Scholarships. Students Are Flanked By Their Parents. Back Row (from Left) Superintendent David Verdugo, RRHS Counselor Ami Kemp, And RRHS Principal Shelly Vroegh (red Blouse).

Three Rio Rico High School students receive the prestigious 2017-18 Dorrance Scholarship awarded by the Dorrance Foundation for Education:

  • Frida Sophia Gomez – to attend University of Arizona
  • Marysela Alvarez – to attend Northern Arizona University
  • Angel Ojeda – to attend Arizona State University

Thirty-six Arizona students who are the first in their family to attend college will receive the scholarship award and program package, worth more than $100,000 over four years, to attend one of Arizona’s three state universities.

In addition to receiving tuition assistance, Dorrance Scholars are required to live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years, attend monthly meetings with fellow scholars, perform volunteer service, register for and complete at least 12 credit hours each semester, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Monthly programming explores the integration of vocation, leadership and philanthropic effectiveness.

The scholarship award is renewable for up to three years, for a total of eight semesters of full-time, undergraduate study. Scholarships are renewed based on academic standing and participation in program events and activities.

“We are proud of these students’ accomplishments,” said RRHS Principal Shelly Vroegh. “They worked hard to achieve this scholarship which provides a complete array of college opportunities – pre-college summer transition, international travel, cultural enrichment, innovative entrepreneurship experience, mentoring and tutoring.  And, at the end of this, they should be debt-free.  I couldn’t be happier for them.”

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles. The district operates five schools. Approximately 3,500 students are enrolled during the 2017-2018 school year..

To learn more about the Dorrance Scholarship Programs, visit