Scholarships

The Desert Mountain Community Foundation’s Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships for Desert Mountain employees and their families.

DMCF names 2017 Scholars

The Desert Mountain Community Foundation is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year. In April, a team of reviewers evaluated the applications, discussed the merits of each, voted on who should receive scholarship awards, and forwarded their recommendations to the DMCF Board of Advisors.

The $44,000 awarded to this year's 18 students represents an increase over last year’s awards in number and total dollar amount. Learn more about the 2017 Scholars. Total scholarship awards now exceed $160,000 in five short years.

Add your support

The support of community members is vital to the future of the scholarship program. The Desert Mountain Community Foundation is building an endowment that will make it possible to award at least $25,000 annually in perpetuity. You can add your support for future scholarship recipients.

Give to the DMCF Scholarship Fund

Scholarship sponsors

Several 2017 scholarships are named in recognition of generous support from:

  • Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty at Desert Mountain
  • Allstate Appliance
  • Buzz Jensen’s Paradise Home Entertainment
  • Innovative Wine Cellar Designs
  • Pinnacle Aviation
  • Renewal by Andersen

2017 Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholars

Alexandra Cook—Daughter of Catherine Cook, Treasury Analyst, CCMC
Attends the University of Colorado and is pursuing a Physical Therapy degree
Buzz Jensen’s, Paradise Home Entertainment Scholar

Alyssa Ramirez—Daughter of Arturo Ramirez, OWL Sous Chef, DMC
Will attend Arizona State University and aspires to be an Obstetrician

Cierra Cook—Daughter of Catherine Cook, Treasury Analyst, CCMC
Plans to pursue a degree in Psychology at Boston College
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Benjamin Alvarez Martinez—Son of Ana Palestino, CG Banquet Captain, DMC
Attending University of Arizona, aspires to be an OB/GYN physician
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Brianna Roos—Sonoran Spa Receptionist, DMC 
With an Equine Science degree, the next step is to become a Vet Tech

Gabrielle Keller—Daughter of Francine Keller, Executive Assistant, DMC
Attends the College of Nursing at Arizona State University
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Genesis Dunigan—Apache Greeter, DMC
Attends Arizona State University, studying Speech Therapist
Renewal by Andersen Scholar  

Ibanery Garcia—Daughter of Jose Garcia Rabago, CHI Equipment Operator I, DMC
Graduate of ASU with Bachelor’s in Multicultural/Multilingual Education, pursing a Master’s in Speech Pathology at Northern Arizona University 

Jessica Plasencia Salgado—CHI Food and Beverage, DMC
Will attend Arizona State University and hopes to become a physician
Innovative Wine Cellars Design Scholar 

Jordyn Vaughn—Sonoran Boutique Sales, DMC
Attends Arizona State University, studying criminal justice and hopes to become a lawyer 

Kaylah Klimuck—Employee and daughter of Sharon Klimuck, Banquet Captain, DMC
Will attend Glendale Community College and receive a Nursing Assistant degree and eventually an RN 

Mackenzie Lizarraga—Daughter of Anibal Lizarraga, Mechanic III, DMC
Attends Scottsdale Community College and hopes to become an early education teacher
Pinnacle Aviation Scholar 

Maria GuadalupeValle Carrera—Daughter of Cirino Valle Aponte, Mechanic III, DMC
Attends Grand Canyon University, studying Nursing
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar  

Melany Hernandez—Daughter of Michel Hernandez, GER Equipment Operator II, DMC
Will attend Arizona State University, pursue a law degree and become a criminal defense attorney
Allstate Appliances Scholar 

Quinn Carbol—CHI Outside Services Professional, DMC
Plans to take an EMT course 

Savanah Sparks—Daughter of Rodney Sparks, GC Maintenance Coordinator, DMC
Attends Gateway Community College and is pursuing a nursing certificate and proceed to a nursing degree 

Theresa Beall—Contract Adminstrator, DMC
Plans to take a Fitness Certification Course and specialize in Youth Fitness 

Whitney Cherekos—Spouse of Andy Cherekos, Golf Shop Sales Supervisor, DMC
Currently teaches sixth grade, pursuing a Master’s in Education at Northern Arizona University

Selecting DMCF Scholars

Scholarships are provided through the Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Scholars are selected through an application process by a review panel that includes members of the DMCF Advisory Board, Desert Mountain members, a local education expert, and Arizona Community Foundation Scholarship Office staff members.

Selection is based on financial need, essays about future plans and goals, academic achievement, demonstrated community service, and relationship to a Desert Mountain employee in good standing.