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CAC English Faculty Award Scholarships to Students

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Central Arizona College English faculty awarded book and completion scholarships to multiple students this spring.

For the book scholarship, students had to submit a 250-300 word essay on how CAC has helped them, as a student, achieve their educational goals. Students had to be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours for the spring semester, achieve a grade of B or better in ENG 101/121 and have selected a program/pathway of study.

Fifteen book scholarships were awarded to help students purchase books and supplies at CAC’s bookstores. Each book scholarship was $250. Students who received the book scholarships include:


Angelica Bonilla-Cervantes, Associate of Applied Science, Health Information Technology

Signal Peak Campus

Madelaine Allgaier, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Danae Baker Alvarez, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Alyssa Anderson, Associate of Science, Liberal Arts

Jaden Bernhardt, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Kaitlyn Smith, Associate of Arts, Liberal Studies

Spencer Moorehouse, Associate of Business

Maricopa Campus

Elizabeth Prentice, Associate of Applied Science,

Madison Turfler , Associate of Arts, Elementary Education

Kaleigh Ward, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

 Superstition Mountain Campus

Alysa Hinton, Certificate, Massage Therapy

San Tan Campus

Katherine Houser, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Rebecca Kleen, Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education

Maddison McCoy, Associate of Science, Liberal Arts

Danielle Mckinley, Associate of Arts, Liberal Studies

The Completion Scholarship pays for up to 15 credit hours for someone intending to graduate this semester. Requirements include a GPA of 2.5 or better.

The requirements for the completion scholarship were slightly different. To apply, students had to submit a 500+-word essay explaining why the funds were needed for completion, maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and have between 3 and 18 credits remaining to complete their degree or certificate.

The completion scholarship was designed to assist CAC students who are close to completing a degree or certificate and in need of tuition assistance. Students were awarded the amount, up to 18 credits, to cover their tuition for their final semester at CAC. Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Students receiving the spring 2021 completion scholarship include:

Virtual Campus

Marissa Vanukoff, Certificate, Nutrition & Health Promotion

San Tan Campus

Shaniya Deo, Associate of Science, Liberal Arts

Signal Peak Campus

Kayla Harper, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Ann Hatch, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing

Maricopa Campus

Magen Kelly, Associate of Arts, Liberal Studies

Student, Ann Hatch stated, “Thank you for offering me the completion scholarship for Spring 2021!  This could not come at a better time for me. I am in my last semester of the Nursing Program here, and I registered for my classes not sure how I was going to be able to pay my tuition. This scholarship allows me to complete my program debt free.” She added, “I have either paid along the way bit by bit or my parents have helped me pay tuition in the past two years. I am an adult student and have 4 children of my own that I am working to support. I have a job lined up doing hospice nursing after I complete my program, working with those who are near death and in need of compassionate care. This scholarship is the final nudge I need to accomplish my goal of becoming a registered nurse and a hospice nurse.  Thank you all so much for your kindness, in this gift to me and my family.”

Karen Hindhede, Professor of English and Literary Art & Languages Division Chair explained, “This spring there were 91 applicants for the Book Scholarship and 32 applicants for the Completion Scholarship. Our faculty are pleased to be able to assist students with this financial support each semester.”