Archive for Scholarships

NINE SENIORS FROM MINGUS UNION HIGH SCHOOL AWARDED YAVAPAI COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS CREATED FROM FUND ESTABLISHED IN 2007 BY VERDE VALLEY RESIDENT

67 students applied for “ED NOW” assistance fund created by the late Verde Valley resident Dr. Jay Fleishman in honor of his parents; 18 from Mingus

The Blog has learned that 9 seniors from Mingus Union High School received scholarships from Yavapai Community College Foundation in 2017.   They were selected from 67 students who applied for an EDUCATION NOW scholarship. The College reports on its website that “Education Now! Fund scholarships are strictly for Yavapai County high school students with a demonstrated financial need and an interest in any of YC’s dozens of degree and certificate programs.”

Dr. Jay Fleishman

The College also reported that “since its inception in 2007, the Yavapai College Education Now Scholarship Fund has helped 30 Yavapai County high school students avoid financial roadblocks on the road to and through college” (through 2016).  Click here to learn more about the Education Now scholarship fund.  

 The Education Now fund with a focus on Yavapai County students was endowed in 2007 by the Blanch T. and Maurice Fleishman Foundation.  The Foundation was created by Verde Valley resident Dr. Jay S. Fleishman, who died in 2010. Donations in Dr. Fleishman’s  memory are made to the Maurice and Blanche Fleishman Foundation c/o Diane Prescott, 551 So. Main St., Cottonwood, AZ 86326 or to the Yavapai Community College Foundation in Prescott.

This list for 2017 provided to the Blog included the following students:

Damian Huff

Carter Scott

Morgan Tignini

Shawn Mayo

Falbo Haili

Rachel Madara-Yagla (LEAD participant)

Sara Hernandez (LEAD participant)

Rachel Gibbons (LEAD participant)

Amanda Easter (LEAD participant)

Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients.

SOME MINGUS STUDENTS RECEIVED YAVAPAI COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS THIS YEAR

Mingus School officials say College waits until July to notify students

Based on information received by Ms. Ruth Wicks, it is now estimated that five students at Mingus High School received scholarships from Yavapai College this year.  Ms. Wicks was informed that the Mingus students were not recognized at the High School’s Scholarship and Academic Honors Ceremony because Yavapai College does not award the scholarships until July, which is long after graduation.  The Yavapai College Foundation Scholarship application deadline is June 1. 

She was also informed that Mingus students who are accepted into the Honors Program at the College are notified in April.  In the class of 2017, Mingus did not have any seniors who were accepted into the Honors Program at Yavapai College.

This explains why a list of Yavapai Community College Scholarships did not appear at the Scholarship and Academic Honors Ceremony at the High School earlier this year. 

YAVAPAI COLLEGE SURPRISINGLY HAS NO 2017 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MINGUS GRADUATES

ASU, NAU and Arizona University award total of 29 scholarships; Wicks argues YCC should focus more on education in its mission statement

According to Ruth Wicks, a long-time retired Mingus Union High School educator, it was surprising that there were no Yavapai Community College scholarships awarded to Mingus Union graduates at the May 16, 2017 Scholarship and Academic Honors ceremony held in Cottonwood. Mingus Union High School is the largest in the Verde Valley with about 300 graduates. Wicks urged the Governing Board to place greater emphasis in its mission statement on education. She implied that with greater emphasis would come more scholarships for Yavapai County high school graduates from Yavapai College.

Wicks’ noted that a total of 29 scholarships were awarded by Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. She also noted that because Mingus Union high school is a prime recruiting ground for Yavapai Community College, absence of scholarship winners attached to the name “Yavapai Community College” was surprising. Her presentation to the Governing Board is below.

 

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CONTINUE T0 RISE; ALMOST $200,000 MORE SPENT IN 2017 THAN IN 2010

WILLS ENAMORED WITH CHAMPIONSHIPS; COLLEGE SPENDS ALMOST $600,000 ANNUALLY TO RECRUIT OUTSIDE-COUNTY STUDENT ATHLETES

There is little doubt that President Penelope Wills is enamored with having championship softball, baseball, soccer and volleyball teams. In fact, in data obtained by the Blog via a public records request, the Community College reports that it spent $598,052 in scholarships for athletes it recruited in 2017.  This compares with a total award to athletes of $405,170 back in 2010 ($192,882 more in 2017).

Based on a roster analysis, the almost $600,000 went to students 95% of whom were residents of communities outside Yavapai County, outside Arizona and occasionally outside the United States.  Moreover, these scholarships appear to be taking up around 75% of the available institutional scholarships (those financed by taxpayers) given out by the College.  Somehow, that seems unfair to County taxpayers and County high school graduates who find it difficult, if not almost impossible, to land a slot on any one of the four teams.

Data such as that obtained by the Blog can only be obtained by a Public Records request.  The annual published budget, which once listed scholarships (until 2012) and other athletic department expenses, no longer contains that detailed information.

WOW! 75% OF INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS GOING TO ATHLETES

McCasland questioning reveals inequity in scholarship awards; College places huge priority on athletic program

During the April 18, 2017 District Governing Board meeting, representative Deb McCasland asked Vice President Clint Ewell about the allocation of institutional scholarship awards. The question focused on how the College intended to distribute $877,000 in what is described as “institutional scholarships.”  These are scholarships generated by property taxes and tuition.  (The chart below shows the budgeted amount.)

Ewell responded that about 75% of the scholarships were intended for student athletes. These are athletes recruited by the College from outside Yavapai County.  As the chart below shows, less than 4% of student athletes are recruited from high schools in the County.  The remainder is intended for student leadership and the honors program.

Does anyone think it might be unfair to allocate such a huge percentage of scholarship funds to athletes?  Moreover, does the unfairness increase when you realize that almost none of those scholarships are awarded to Yavapai County High School students?  


 

Daniel and Valerie Wood create $30 thousand dollar scholarship

Funds intended to assist students in Viticulture and Enology programs

Cornville residents Daniel and Valerie Wood have made a $30,000 donation to the Yavapai Community College Foundation scholarship fund to assist students in the Viticulture and Enology programs. The two are founding members of the Southwest Wine Center, and graduates of its “VEN” program. Valerie serves on the Yavapai Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Twood couplehe scholarships will be awarded annually in increments of $3,000 over ten years.

As anyone who has had contact with the Daniel and Valerie will attest, they are a wonderful couple who understand the enormous economic obstacles faced by today’s Community College students. From the Blog and their friends and acquaintances, a hearty thank you for the wonderful donation!
The story about the scholarship contribution that appeared in the Verde Independent may be read by clicking here.

Enrollment continues to slip

Enrollment at Yavapai Community College continues to slip; administrators say decline since 2011 due to “cuts in scholarships, athletic programs, nursing, and adjustments to other programs”

The YCC administrators said at the January, 2015 Governing Board meeting that “cuts in scholarships, athletic programs, nursing, and adjustments to other programs” are the reasons for the decline in enrollment since 2011.  (Approved minutes of January, 2015 Governing Board meeting.)  However, if reported headcount of students is used as a measure, enrollment has been declining since 2008 when it was at 15,582.  For the 2013-14 academic year, the headcount announced by the College was 11,518.

Despite the reduced headcount, total student tuition revenue has not dropped. The reason for this is that over the past several years there have been annual  increases imposed by the Governing Board.  Also, students who do appear take more classes for credit than previous students.

The Blog believes that if the $1.3 million dollars in student scholarships taken out of the budget in 2012 were restored and used strategically, student enrollment would increase.  No such plan was discussed at the February 2015 Governing Board meeting.

The following chart was created by the Blog based on Annual Financial Records filed by the Community College in June of each year.

Total revenue and headcount chart