Each year, Community Celebrating Diversity offers youth scholarships to college-bound high school students. The sponsors of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event provides the funds for the scholarships.
Since 2007, 35 students have been awarded a total of $86,500 in scholarships. (2018)
Application submission is now closed. Thank you for applying. The 2019 scholarship cycle will open November 1st, 2018.
Please contact Joe Rusin at 480-205-8620 for further information.
The Community Celebrating Diversity Scholarship is funded by the corporate sponsors of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and Community Celebrating Diversity. CCD sponsors two $2,500 scholarships to high school graduates who show promise of continued excellence.
These scholarships are for study at post-secondary institutions of higher education in Arizona. The following selection criteria are utilized in identifying our scholarship recipients:
• The eligible student must be a full-time resident of Arizona and has community involvement in Scottsdale.
• The eligible student must be a U.S. citizen, or provide evidence that he or she is a permanent resident of the United States.
• The eligible student must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
2018 Youth Scholarship Recipients
Maheeyah is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School, ranking in the top 13% of her class. Her commitment to service is evident through her work with various causes, including Lighthouse for Hope, Audrey’s Angels, HonorHealth’s Teen Volunteer program and extensive work with refuge programs. Maheeyah has volunteered over 250 hours with the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley where she led service activities for youth and supported a refuge outreach program. In 2016, Maheeyah founded and became the president of The Outreach Program, a student-lead Desert Mountain club focused on providing aid to refugees in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In the Fall, she will attend Arizona State University where she will pursue a psychology major with the intent to become a therapist.
Analisa is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School where she excelled in academics, volunteerism and art. Her coursework includes several AP and Honors classes and electives in both visual and performing arts. As a sculpture student she was selected for Scottsdale Arts’ Visions program twice. Her service to the Scottsdale community included work with the elderly through Scottsdale’s SMART program and with youth through her job at the Jewish Community Center. Analisa was a member of Desert Mountain’s Art Club and served as president of the Advanced Leadership Club. Immediately following graduation, she will be attending Northern Arizona University where she plans to pursue a Biology degree with a minor in forensics and hopes to become a lab technician for a police department.
2017 Scholarship Winners
Emin Hajdarovic is a graduate of Coronado High School
Grace is a graduate of Saguaro High School