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

DMCF names 2016 Scholars

The Desert Mountain Community Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $39,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year, the highest amount in the scholarship program's four years. Learn more about the 17 students who received scholarships. Four of the 2016 DMCF Scholars are receiving their second or third scholarship.

Several factors were considered in selecting the Scholars, with greater weight given to financial need and applicant essays about their future plans and goals. Reviewers used an objective scoring system to select the winning applicants.

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Scholarship sponsors

Several 2016 scholarships are named in recognition of generous support from:

  • Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty at Desert Mountain
  • Buzz Jensen’s Paradise Home Entertainment
  • Coyote Creek Construction
  • Innovative Wine Cellar Designs
  • Morris Hall
  • Pinnacle Aviation
  • Renewal by Andersen

2016 Desert Mountain Community Foundation Scholars

Benjamin Alvarez Martinez—Son of Ana Palestino, Banquet Captain, DMC
Aspires to be an OB/GYN doctor
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Taryn Carbol—Member Services Representative, DMC
Pursuing an advanced degree in Teaching

Whitney Cherekos—Spouse of Andy Cherekos, Golf Shop Sales Supervisor, DMC
Currently teaches sixth grade, pursuing a master’s degree in Teaching

Alexandra Cook—Daughter of Catherine Cook, Treasury Analyst, CCMC
Plans to play college softball and pursue a degree in Physical Therapy
Buzz Jensen, Paradise Home Entertainment Scholar

Erin Evers Lopez—Spouse of Justin Lopez, Assistant Golf Pro, DMC
With a degree in Marketing, now pursuing education in Accounting

Ibanery Garcia—Daughter of Jose Garcia Rabago, Equipment Operator I, DMC
Graduate of ASU with a degree in Multicultural/Multilingual Education, pursing a master’s in Speech Pathology

Maria Guadalupe Valle Carrera—Daughter of Cirino Valle Aponte, Mechanic III, DMC
Continuing her education in Nursing School
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

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

Brett Lim—Golf Tournament Coordinator, DMC
With a degree in Micro Biology, continuing education in Communication and Accounting

Mackenzie Lizarraga—Daughter of Anibal Lizarraga, Mechanic III, DMC
Starting her college career having earned credits while attending high school
Pinnacle Aviation Scholar

Marlon Lopez Garcia, Cook III—DMC
Pursuing an MBA, attended National University of Mexico

Claudia Lovelace—Sonoran Spa Receptionist, DMC
Committed to obtaining a bachelor’s degree without parental financial support
Renewal by Andersen Scholar

Nancy Ortega Ocampo—Daughter of Mario Ortega Evangelista, Equip Operator I, DMC
First generation college student, pursuing her degree in Nursing
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Scholar

Dennis Pearce—Irrigation Tech II, DMC
Pursing a certificate of Turf Studies, Penn State Online

Brianna Roos—Sonoran Spa Receptionist, DMC
With an Equine Science degree, the next step is to become a veterinarian
Morris Hall Scholar

Jessica Salgado—Pastry Cook III, DMC
With an associate’s degree in Baking and Pastry, now pursuing education to become a registered dietitian
Innovative Wine Cellar Designs Scholar

Cynthia Tripathi—Membership Relations Coordinator, DMC
A summa cum laude graduate with plans to attend graduate school
Publisher of Escaping Average: 18 Tips to Spark Positive Momentum and Transform Your Life, available on Amazon
Coyote Creek Construction Scholar

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.