Willcox student among first 11 Martha McSally “Dare To Fly” Scholars

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McSally is partnering with Arizona Community Foundation, awarding nearly $50k in scholarships to Arizona students for 22-23 academic year 

Tucson, AZ—Martha McSally, in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation, announced the inaugural class of “Martha McSally Dare to Fly Scholars” for Academic Year 2022-2023. Over 300 students applied for the first-ever Dare to Fly scholarship, and 11 scholars were selected by a committee after reviewing applications and interviewing the top applicants. In addition to financial scholarships, winners will participate in mentoring, networking, and other opportunities for support and growth as they pursue their education.  

“I am so impressed with the caliber and potential of our first class of Dare to Fly Scholars, and I look forward to being a wingman on their higher education journey,” said McSally. “I know the path to success begins with a quality education and am honored to share my financial support and experience to help make their dreams a reality. These men and women have already demonstrated grit, courage, capacity and a growth mentality—they will soar in their very bright futures!”

“We appreciate partnering with Martha McSally for the Dare to Fly Scholarship,” said Lorenzo Chavez, ACF’s Executive Director of Education & Scholarships. “This new ACF scholarship will impact these scholars’ lives by relieving the financial burden of college costs and providing on-going relationship support to the students. Congratulations to the inaugural Dare to Fly scholars!” 

Josephine Olson, an inaugural Dare to Fly Scholar responded to the news with a thank you letter which in part said “This scholarship will forever be a reminder of the importance of giving in all regards of life and I will keep this in mind while pursuing a career in the medical field. For me, this is not just an act of kindness but an inspiration to live a lifestyle dedicated to service. Thank you, Martha McSally, for your generosity, faith, and commitment towards my education. I am truly humbled and thankful.” 

2022-2023 Martha McSally Dare to Fly Scholars. Their stories will be featured on McSally’s social media (@marthamcsally) in the weeks ahead: 

  • Josephine Olson—(Gilbert) Incoming freshman NAU 
  • Madj Nawara—(Avondale) Senior ASU
  • Amanda Dzur—(Chandler) Scottsdale CC and Upper Iowa University 
  • Samantha Tagala—(Phoenix) Incoming freshman ASU 
  • Jennifer Carranza—(Somerton) Senior GCU 
  • Dani Raymond—(Yuma) Incoming freshman UA 
  • Isabel Patchen—(Yuma) Incoming freshman UA 
  • Kamber Delahel—(Cottonwood) Incoming freshman GCU 
  • Seth Nevers—(Surprise) Incoming freshman ASU 
  • Jodi Denny—(Willcox) Incoming freshman Embry-Riddle 
  • Skyla Cochran—(Scottsdale) Incoming freshman ASU

About the Martha McSally Dare to Fly Scholarship:
Martha McSally created the Dare to Fly Scholarship through the Arizona Community Foundation to support Arizona students pursuing undergraduate education in the state. In addition to providing financial aid, the purpose of the scholarship is to support students through mentoring, networking opportunities, periodic get-togethers with speakers and other growth opportunities for the scholars. Scholars were selected by a committee based on their academic and extracurricular record as well as demonstrated grit, courage, and a growth mindset.