Our Donors

Albert and Lola Chatinsky

Albert and Lola Chatinsky Scholarship Endowment

In memory of their parents, Mark and Steve Chatinsky established an endowment for the Albert and Lola Chatinsky Scholarship Fund through the Maricopa Community College District Foundation to support students in the Artist of Promise Program. The purpose of the fund...

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C&R Tire and Auto Repair Marketing Scholarship Endowment

C&R Tire and Auto Services, owner, Ralph Holmstrom has given his time and resources to PVCC for many years. He created the C&R Tire & Auto Repair Marketing Scholarship for marketing students and he serves on the college President’s Community Advisory Council. Ralph...

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Dr. Casey Durandet - Dr. Millard A. Lee Excellence in STEM Scholarship

The importance of establishing this fund I feel it is important that we have more female representation in the STEM fields, especially in physics and engineering. Since I’ve received my degrees years ago, female representation in these fields has not increased...

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Dr. Linda Knoblock Merit Scholarship

Linda was one of the founding faculty members at Paradise Valley Community College in 1985. Linda taught English classes and championed the Honors program. She taught for 20 years and retired 2005. Upon her retirement, through her personal generosity, she established...

Dr. Lois Roma-Deely

Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley Creative Writing Scholarship Endowment

PVCC recognizes the contribution of Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley, founding director of the PVCC Creative Writing program. Now retired, during her decades-long tenure at PVCC, Dr. Roma-Deeley distinguished herself as a writer, teacher, and program head by creating,...

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Dr. Lois Roma-Deely Creative Writing Scholarship Endowment

PVCC recognizes the contribution of Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley, founding director of the PVCC Creative Writing program. Now retired, during her decades-long tenure at PVCC, Dr. Roma-Deeley distinguished herself as a writer, teacher and program head by creating,...

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Dr. Mary Kathryn Kickels Scholarship

Dr. Mary Kathryn Kickels, Former PVCC President, Dr. Kickels served as PVCC President from 2004-2008. She is very passionate about teaching and learning and has served in leadership roles on many national educational boards advancing the learning-centered college...

Dr. Nancy Miller Endowment Scholarship

Dr. Nancy Miller Endowment Scholarship

Dr. Nancy L. Miller was a professor of sociology and counseling in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) from 1966 until her retirement in 1999. She matriculated at Kent State University, where she attained the B, A. and MA.Ed. degrees. After she...

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East Valley Women's League

East Valley Women’s League is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to improving the lives of underserved women and children in Arizona. We are passionate about what we do and take great pride in our volunteer efforts as well as the programs we support. East...

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Garret Schwartz Scholarship

The donor became associated with Phoenix College in 2017 when he donated a Roy Lichtenstein lithograph (valued at $40,000) to the College in honor of his friend Garret Schwartz. The lithograph hangs in the PC administration building. Eventually, the donor indicated...

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Genie Zavaleta Scholarship Fund

The Genie Zavaleta Scholarship fund was established in memory of Genie Zavaleta, an educator, and counselor, who advocated for undocumented students and their families. Genie and her life mate, Hector were the Pioneers of the Dream Act, working with students wishing...

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Gina Kranitz Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Kranitz, former president of PVCC, had at the time of her death in 2003, served the Maricopa Community College District for 34 years. She began her career in 1969 working in the library at GCC, and later held posts at District, SMCC and at PVCC. She was a...

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Gregory M. Adams Study Abroad Fellowship

Gregory M. Adams Biography Greg Adams was born in Tucson and raised in Phoenix, where he graduated from Central High School in 1968 and earned an A.A. from Phoenix College in 1970. His father, Norman (North Phoenix High, ‘43), and mother, Mildred (Phoenix Union,...

Heidi and David Hutchins

Heidi and David Hutchins Scholarship

Heidi and David Hutchins met when they were both pursuing dual graduate degrees in business/health services administration and are passionate about helping students to achieve their academic goals. David Hutchins is an expert in Data Analytics, Statistics, and...

Ibis Foundation of Arizona

Ibis Foundation of Arizona

IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH HEALTH AND EDUCATION The Ibis Foundation of Arizona, a private foundation, was established in December 2006 with the vision that each individual’s quality of life is connected to the overall well-being of the community. We pursue...

Jed Allen

Jed Allen Memorial Scholarship

The Jed Allen Memorial Scholarship is in honor of James “Jed” Edward Allen, beloved English faculty at Phoenix College (1999-2012). During his tenure at Phoenix College, Jed served as Director of the Creative Writing Program for five years. James “Jed” Allen is...

Jerry Baxter

Jerry Baxter Memorial Scholarship

Jerome “Jerry” Baxter, manager of Information Resources and Technical Services, passed away in December 1996 following a long illness. Jerry made significant contributions to the District and PVCC. Jerry started his career at MCCD as the keypunch repair person. In...

Warren Buxton

Jo and Warren Buxton Scholarship

Dr. Warren Buxton has done much for PVCC and its students. Shortly before his passing, he established the Jo and Warren Buxton Scholarship Fund to empower students to be successful in their educational goals. Scholarship recipient, Jay Michael Sloan says, “Thanks to...

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John Jay Shroyer Memorial Scholarship

Hedy Fossenkemper, retired PVCC CIS Faculty wrote, “John was a former student of mine. After taking some networking engineering classes with me, he went to work for another student of mine, Randy Miller, who owns Race Computers, Inc. John was killed in a motorcycle...

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Joseph William Rymer Memorial Scholarship

Joe Rymer had been training to become a firefighter when he tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 21. His mom, a teacher at Larkspur Elementary school, has turned tragedy into a chance to help others by holding a yearly education talk about water...

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Katherine Ann VanDriel Memorial Scholarship

The Katherine Ann VanDriel Memorial Scholarship scholarship was established in memory of Katherine Ann (Armsby) VanDriel, a former Maricopa Community College student, who had a career in EMT and emergency services dispatch. Kathy graduated from Mountain View High...

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Laurel P. Smith Endowment for Education

Senior manager, Human Resources, Smith began at PVCC as an intern and eventually set up the Human Resources office. Laurel had a lasting positive impact on PVCC. The Laurel P. Smith Endowment for Education Scholarship has been set up in her name to benefit an...

Karl and Aurelia Schroeder

MCC Karl and Aurelia Schroeder Scholarship

The Karl and Aurelia Schroeder Endowed Scholarship was created in 2018 by Karl and Aurelia Schroeder to assist Mesa Community College students pursuing a degree or certificate in business, with preference to students who are the first in their families to attend...

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Natalia Lantseva Ceramics Scholarship

Natalia Lantseva was very artistic and tried many types of art, but never found herself until she entered David Bradley’s Ceramics class at PVCC in 2000. Ceramics captured her heart, so much so, she continued as a 15 year student of ceramics until sadly she passed...

Nina Mason

Nina Mason Pulliam

Nina Mason Pulliam (born in 1906 in rural Martinsville, Indiana) was a business leader, journalist, humanitarian, and a lover of all creatures. As a high school sophomore, she received her first compensation for a literary essay. She went on to study journalism at...

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Nora (Goodyear) Gilray Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Nora (Goodyear) Gilray (1948-1999) entered nursing school after completing high school in Glendora, California. She attended a nurse training program, where she earned her Nursing diploma and passed the California Registered Nurse exam. She had a fervent interest in...

Sherri Thomas

Pass It Forward Scholarship Endowment

Foundation Board Member Sherri Thomas grew up on a farm in Laveen, Arizona. She graduated from Mesa Community College (MCC) on a tennis scholarship and was able to use her associate’s degree as a stepping stone to graduate from Arizona State University. “I had a...

Patrick Haas

Pat Haas Memorial Scholarship

Pat Haas was an English teacher who loved his work, his colleagues, and his students and was loved, in turn, by so many. Pat taught English in Kansas, Texas, and at Rio Salado and Phoenix Colleges before finally becoming a faculty member at Glendale Community College...

Paul and Pauline Butler

Paul and Pauline Butler Nursing Scholarship

Paul Butler spent 21 years each in the Air Force and as a teacher in Glendale. Pauline Butler was a nurse. They loved the adventure of worldwide travel. Both felt that a good education was the best thing they could give to their children. They each were cared for at...

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PVCC "We Care" Unrestricted Scholarship

Maintain 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need