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Helios Education Foundation, YUHSD announce Class of 2022 RNY scholarship winners


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Helios Education Foundation and Yuma Union High School District (YUHSD) shared the six recipients of the annual Ready Now Yuma Scholarship.

The scholarship offers $15,000 each year and is renewable for up to three additional years and is part of Helios' $3 million investment throughout 10 years in YUHSD students through the scholarship program.

“Helios Education Foundation is honored to provide scholarships to these deserving students,” said Grace Smith Kaus, Director, Postsecondary Success Initiatives for Helios Education Foundation. “These students have a bright future ahead of them and Helios is proud to help support their success, at this pivotal time.”

Students received an oversized check and ballons by their school counselor and principal as part of a surprise presentation.

“My mind is blown,” said San Luis High School senior Karina Esquer, who will attend Emory University in Georgia this fall. “Thank you so much. This literally means the world.”

The Ready Now Yuma Scholars program helps seniors with financial needs who are attending an accredited post-secondary institution following any field of study in a four-year degree. Students had to be enrolled full-time in an accredited college pursuing a four-year degree.

The scholarship is renewable if the students remain in good standing and keep the required GPA.

Over 70 qualified students were considered by Helios and the Arizona Community Foundation.

YUHSD offers this year’s recipients, high school and what college or university they plan to attend:

  • Citlaly Salinas Garcia, Cibola High School, University of California
  • Isabella Gonzalez-Serna, Gila Ridge High School, Northern Arizona University
  • Isaac Navarrete, Kofa High School, Northern Arizona University
  • Karina Esquer, San Luis High School, Emory University
  • Michelle Medina, Vista High School, Mesa Community College
  • Fernando Nunez-Dominguez, Yuma High School, Arizona State University
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