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College isn’t cheap. The annual tuition for an incoming freshman last year was $9,216 at Northern Arizona University, $9,722 at Arizona State University and $10,043.58 at the University of Arizona.

To set up a scholarship through Sedona Red Rock High School, call guidance counselor Kathie Moore at 204-6738 or Chris Masso at 204-6768. The deadline is Saturday, March 1.However, you can help offset those costs for a local high school senior by funding a scholarship through Sedona Red Rock High School. Donors may design their own scholarships based on nearly anything, from academics to the arts and music, athletics or trades and crafts. Some donors give scholarships to seniors headed to vocational schools while others are just for those headed to four-year universities.

Managing Editor Christopher Fox GrahamEvery year, Larson Newspapers presents a scholarship to a SRRHS student who plans to major in journalism. It’s great to see these budding journalists about to learn the complicated ins and outs of our field and then hand them a check to pay their way.

The scholarships don’t need to be massive donations providing a full ride to an Ivy League school — although that would be an amazing prize if you can do it. A scholarship of $500 can go a long way to help offset the costs of tuition, books and the astronomical costs associated with earning a degree in higher education. My parents scrimped and saved up enough money for my brother and me to go to college without racking up student loans, but a few $500 scholarships from the Colorado Rockies baseball club helped me pay for books for my first two years of school.

The benefits of a college education are easily measurable. According to a 2014 U.S. News & World Report study, people aged 25 to 32 with a college degree earn an average of $17,500 more per year than those with just a high school diploma. That income difference has only increased in the last 50 years. Adjusted for inflation into 2012 dollars, baby boomers aged 25 to 32 with a degree earned $14,200 more than those with just a diploma in 1986. In 1965, college graduates earned just $7,500 more than those with only a high school education.

You can name the scholarship after your business, your nonprofit organization or in honor of yourself or a loved one.

Donors can get involved in the selection process requiring interviews, portfolios or essays, or let an impartial panel or even just a teacher choose a recipient.

To set up a scholarship through Sedona Red Rock High School, call guidance counselor Kathie Moore at 204-6738 or Chris Masso at 204-6768. The deadline is Saturday, March 1.

Christopher Fox Graham

Managing Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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