EAC students to benefit from Graham County Hispanic Heritage Scholarships

Contributed Photo/Courtesy EAC: From left, EAC Foundation Executive Director David Udall receives a check for $5,600 from Michael Andazola and Lupe Muñoz, who stopped for a picture. The money is from the Graham County Hispanic Heritage Scholarships and will fund scholarships for local students who will be graduating from high school next spring.

By Taryn Lamb

Thatcher — The third annual Graham County Hispanic Family Heritage Festival was held last month and was a great success for organizers and attendees alike.  The event was full of entertainment, dancing, and fun.

The Pablo and Bonifacia Juarez family was named Hispanic Family of the Year for 2017. Michael Andazola, one of the festival’s organizers said, “We brought in quality entertainment, but we made sure to feature local performers to celebrate the talent that’s here.”

The Graham County Hispanic Family Heritage Festival is also a fundraising event for local student scholarships. Scholarship assistance has already been awarded to six students and with the generosity of those participating at this year’s event, four more scholarships will be awarded this spring.

“The Graham County Hispanic Family Heritage and Scholarship Fund volunteers, along with many other service organizations in our valley, make it a pleasure to live here,” said Executive Director of EAC’s Foundation and Alumni Association, David Udall. “There are so many good people in our community who share their time and finances toward the common goal of helping others receive a great education and a brighter future.”

Students and future students who would like to apply for this and other donor-funded scholarships at Eastern Arizona College should apply online through the link on their Gila Hank account by Feb. 28, 2018.  High school counselors or the staff at the EAC Admissions office at (928) 428-8472 are happy to help those who may have questions about applying at EAC.