By Taryn Lamb
THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College’s 33rd annual Scholarship Banquet was held earlier this month to recognize the scholastic achievements of 58 EAC students.
The banquet, held at EAC’s campus in Thatcher, recognized donors and recipients of nearly 40 scholarships. Many of the scholarships are annually funded by the generous contributions of various organizations and individuals, while others are endowed scholarships funded by the earnings provided by the gifts of donors.
The first scholarship of the night, the Alumni Association Scholarship, was made possible by the gifts of EAC alumni through annual fundraising. The scholarship was presented to twelve students who are children or grandchildren of EAC alumni who demonstrate exemplary character traits and academic ability. Recipients included Talon Bates, of Gilbert, son of Shelli Lamoreaux Engler; Hannah Bradley, of Pima, daughter of Michael and Geralyn Bradley; Riley Bucko, of San Tan Valley, daughter of Matthew and Joele Bucko; Curtis Hancock, of Pima, son of Jace and Monica Hancock; Shelby Johnson, of Pima, daughter of Justin and Cari Johnson; Emilie Mattice, of Thatcher, daughter of Scott and Aisilyn Ferrin; Cierra Myers, of Holbrook, daughter of Debbie and David Shumway; Bryson Palmer, of Joseph City, son of Alan and Vicky Palmer; Sabrina Sanders, of Thatcher, daughter of Jonathan and Marsha Sanders; Savana Shumway, of Holbrook, daughter of Debbie and David Shumway; Bailee Webb, of Safford, daughter of Michelle and Darrin Webb; and Bret VanWinkle, of Show Low, son of Ken and Roni VanWinkle.
Davon Bolton, of Seattle, Washington, son of Willona King and David Bolton and Taylor Hollestelle, of Morenci, daughter of Maxine James Hollestelle, were both presented with the Dr. Dorine Chancellor Athletic Scholarship. This scholarship assists one women’s softball student (Hollestelle) and one men’s basketball student (Bolton) each year.
Elizabeth Mabb, of Payson, daughter of Jamie and Brian Mabb, received the Dr. Ron Keith Memorial Scholarship. The family of Dr. Ron Keith, a former faculty member and administrator at EAC, established this scholarship in order to help students who are members of the EAC band program.
Kendra Claridge, of Thatcher, daughter of Aaron and Erika Claridge, was awarded the GFWC – Woman’s Club of Safford Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a Gila Valley high school graduate.
Talitha Binnie, of Snowflake, daughter of Mark and Valerie Binnie, was presented the Keith and Kathleen McBride Crockett Family Alumni Scholarship. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be a child or grandchild of an EAC alumnus.
Ashley Rhodes, of Benson, daughter of Jeff and Traci Rhodes, received the Kristie and Patrick Putnam Scholarship. Jerry and Karen Berg award this scholarship to a student who is a single parent studying business, nursing, science, or computer science.
Jemila Fiame, of Bylas, daughter of Thelma Rope, was awarded the Mary Kim Titla Scholarship. This scholarship is for a Native American student who shows personal integrity, good moral character, and citizenship, and is enrolled full-time at EAC.
Drew Brown, of Safford, son of Doug and Kelly Brown, was awarded the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is provided to a student from Graham or Greenlee County who is enrolled in the EAC Nursing Program.
Diana Ramirez, of Wickenburg, daughter of Rodolfo and Elvira Ramirez, received the Newman Sustaining Board Scholarship, which is given to an active participant in the Newman Club.
Jeremiah Guy, of La Junta, Colorado, son of Robert and Monique Guy, and Tiffany Weech, of Pima, daughter of Daryl and Eileen Weech, were awarded the Ora DeConcini-Martin Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to a returning full-time student (Guy) and a new freshman (Weech) student pursuing a degree in business administration or business education.
Sayla Turner, of Chinle, daughter of Clara and Joseph Turner, was presented the Pizza Edge Scholarship. EAC alumnus, Larry Justice and his wife, Diane, owners of Pizza Edge, established this scholarship to be awarded to a student with a high GPA who demonstrates good character, citizenship, and integrity.
Kiara Goseyun, of Bylas, daughter of Marthalin Bylas, and Esmeralda Madero, of Pima, daughter of Rosario Cervantes and Levi Rascon, each received the Safford Lions Club Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to incoming EAC freshmen who are graduates of a Graham County high school.
Brandyn Quinonez, of Safford, son of Harold and Julie Quinonez, and Alesandro Avalos, of Safford, son of Kittie Avalos, were given the Safford Rotary Club Scholarship, which is given to deserving Graham County high school graduates.
Dustin Baldwin, of Taylor, son of Kyle and Elain Baldwin, was awarded the Ashley Marie Beals Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship memorializes the life of Ashley Marie Beals and is intended to improve the quality of healthcare in Southern Arizona and beyond by supporting a nursing or pre-medical student.
Sierra Boren, of Joseph City, daughter of Samuel and Dana Johnstun, was given the Debra Mullenaux Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was created as a tribute to the life and memory of Debra Mullenaux.
Brittany Miner, of Queen Creek, daughter of Brian and Bonnie Reed, was awarded the Dr. Pam Rule Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship memorializes Dr. Pam Rule who taught anthropology courses at Eastern Arizona College and served as a director of the EAC Museum of Anthropology.
Christian Farley, of Thatcher, son of Aubrey and BreeAnna Farley, received the Eldon and Lucille Palmer Memorial Scholarship. A memorial to over 73 years of marriage, this scholarship is presented to a full-time student from Thatcher High School majoring in music.
William Masten, of Pima, son of Travis and Shanna Masten, was awarded the Ella T. and J. David Lee Memorial Scholarship. In memory of Ella T. and J. David Lee, this scholarship is presented to an EAC student majoring in either Administrative Information Services or another vocational field.
Amilynn Webb, of Safford, daughter of Michelle and Darrin Webb, was awarded the Farrel C. and Bessie A. Layton Scholarship. This scholarship benefits a full-time student on the Thatcher campus, with a 3.0 GPA, who demonstrates a financial need.
Joseph Speers, of Tucson, received the George R. Bingham Jr. Memorial Drama Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time EAC student seeking a degree in Theatre and Cinematic Arts.
Taylor Hart Brown, of Buckeye, daughter of Christopher and Tiffany Hart, and Elias Gardner, of Phoenix, son of Jay and Rachel Gardner, both received the H. Greg Brockmeier Scholarship. In honor of Greg Brockmeier, who has provided 32 years of service to the community and his employer, this award is presented to a new or returning student.
Justin Heslop, of Gilbert, son of Chad and Karen Heslop, was awarded the Harvey J. and Loretta Olsen Memorial Scholarship. Established by a bequest from Harvey J. and Loretta Olsen, this scholarship is awarded to a returning sophomore seeking a university transfer degree.
Joeline Blair, of Thatcher, was awarded the Helen Johnson Bone Scholarship, which was established by William J. Bone and the late Helen Johnson Bone to benefit a homemaker seeking a degree from EAC.
Ashley Myers, of Globe, daughter of Jason and Tina Myers, received the John Mickelson Endowed Scholarship. In honor of John Mickelson, a state senator instrumental in establishing the Arizona State Community College System, this scholarship is given to an outstanding freshman returning to EAC for their sophomore year.
Rylee Brower, of San Tan Valley, daughter of Ryan and Eileen Brower, was awarded the Kathryn Murphy-Spencer L. Kimball Scholarship. Students majoring in a university transfer curriculum with an excellent GPA and who have provided service to the College and the community may qualify for this scholarship.
Abigail Carnahan, of Globe, daughter of Didi and Ron Carnahan, was awarded the Meghan Lynne Hammer Memorial Scholarship. Family and friends of Meghan Lynne Hammer, who dedicated herself to helping others improve their lives through music, established this scholarship to be awarded to a Miami or Globe High School graduating senior who wants to further their education in the field of music at EAC.
Andrew Arias, of Rio Rico, son of Christina M. Islas and Felipe Arias, was awarded the Phyllis Martin Lord Scholarship. Family and friends of Phyllis Martin Lord award this scholarship to a student demonstrating scholarship potential, integrity, and service to family, church, and community.
Blake Krofchik, of Prescott Valley, son of April Drane, received the Sarah Lamoreaux Memorial Scholarship. The Edwin Lamoreaux family provides this scholarship in memory of their daughter Sarah. The recipient of this scholarship must demonstrate qualities of goodness, enthusiasm, dedication, and be a positive role model for EAC.
The Sumitomo-Freeport-McMoRan Scholarship, provided by the Sumitomo Metals Mining Corporation in honor of the 30th anniversary of their partnership with Phelps Dodge Corporation, was given to two students studying industrial technology. Recipients of this award were Ethan Anway, of Thatcher, son of Janice and Edward Anway, and Brandon Tapia, of Benson, son of Evan and Martin Tapia.
Kaylee Palmer, of Winslow, daughter of Alan and Vicky Palmer, was given the Walter and Julia Rogers Scholarship. This scholarship was established with fond memories of Walter’s start at Gila Junior College.
Ashley Trejo, of St. David, daughter of Jeffrey and Brenda Trejo, was awarded the William J. Bone Scholarship, which is given to a deserving student who has been determined to possess personal integrity, good moral character, and good citizenship.
There were several other scholarships that were not presented at the banquet. They included: the Allen H. and Marie A. Cress Music Scholarship awarded to Kyle Blanchard, of Show Low; the Anna Deane Millett, Don and Carlotta Pace Scholarship awarded to Calli Harmon, of Thatcher; the Bernstein Brothers Memorial Scholarship received by Lydia Macias, of Globe; the Dennis Braithwaite Memorial Music Scholarship and the Dr. David G. Lunt Choral Music Scholarship both donated to Phillip Lunt, of Mesa; the Donald J. Caldwell Educational Scholarship, given to Samantha Jenson, of Thatcher, and Sally Evans, of Yuma; the Douglas Michael Loeb Memorial Scholarship donated to Graham Thomas, of Tucson; the EAC Foundation Nursing Scholarship awarded to Ellie Nielsen, of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Chelsea Helms, of Yuma; the E. James Lee and Jacqueline McFadden Lee Scholarship awarded to both Nathan Lyon, of Avondale, and Jason Boren, of Central; the Emil Crockett Scholarship received by Tresha Preston, of Pima; the Follett College Stores Scholarship donated to Lianne Reidhead, of Safford; the Fred and Olga Pace Scholarship awarded to Samuel MacKinlay, of Mesa; the G. Wayne and Phillis Blake Scholarship received by Spencer Peery, of Miami; the Helen Papas Memorial Scholarship awarded to Brittney Stradling, of Henderson Nevada; the Kalvert W. Lines Scholarship received by Walker Lewis, of Safford; the Mark J. Green Excellence in Spanish Scholarship donated to Adriana Mascarenas, of Willcox; the Virginia Rae Barr Memorial Scholarship awarded to Courtney Baldwin, of Taylor; the William D. Smith Memorial Scholarship donated to Amber Diaz, of Safford and the Max and Clara Curtis Bennett Scholarship donated to Logan Jones, of Virden, New Mexico.
For more information about EAC’s scholarship opportunities, or to set up a scholarship of your own, contact EAC’s Alumni Center and Foundation at (928) 428-8295.