Soup’s On event by C.A.L.L. helps keep CAC’s Promise for the Future

January 16, 2009

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – Soup’s On again Feb. 11 when the Central Arizona College Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L.) program unveils a cornucopia of soup, chili and stew during its annual fundraising event benefiting the Promise for the Future Scholarship program.

The annual luncheon is open to the public and will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be served in Room 444 of the Superstition Mountain Campus, located at 273 East Old West Highway in Apache Junction.

C.A.L.L. members make homemade soups, stews and chili - almost anything that can be brewed up in a crock pot – for guests who have an opportunity to sample as much food as they can slurp.

Tickets for the annual fundraising luncheon may be purchased in advance by contacting Joel Beck at Central’s Superstition Mountain Campus at 480-677-7721, or by e-mail at

Ticket prices are based upon donation with a minimum charge of $5 per person.

Last year’s event raised $4,545.75, or nearly the equivalent of three in-state scholarships to Central Arizona College.

The Promise for the Future Scholarship Program is a joint effort of Central Arizona College, the Central Arizona College Foundation, and the schools throughout Pinal County. Its purpose is to address the school dropout rate in the county and increase access to higher education.

Pinal County seventh-grade students and their parents are given information about the program and encouraged to start planning for college. Students enrolled in the eighth grade in a Pinal County middle school have the opportunity to sign a Promise for the Future Contract of Commitment. This information is distributed through Pinal County middle schools in the spring of each year.

Students will be eligible to submit the formal application during the spring of their senior year in high school.

Recipients may receive the award of up to four semesters of free tuition for study at any of CAC’s nine campuses or centers. Students must graduate from a Pinal County high school with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and then enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

While at Central Arizona College, students must maintain a 2.50 GPA, be continuously enrolled at the college, and complete a minimum of nine credits each semester.

The Promise for the Future Scholarship program was launched in May 2001. Through 2008, more than 7,000 Pinal County students have enrolled in the program.

During the 2008-09 academic year, 106 of 361 eligible students entered Central Arizona College for their first year of college.

For information on contributing to the Promise for the Future Scholarship Fund, please contact Gary Broussard, executive director of the Central Arizona College Foundation, by phone at 520-494-5469, or by e-mail at


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