Paradise Valley

Scholarships Relieve Financial Pressures

Rachel Dickman

Did you know PVCC awarded scholarships to over 1,250 students totaling over $1.6 million in the 2018 academic year?  Did you know many scholarships go unawarded each year?  PVCC has over 40 scholarship funds established for students majoring in areas such as marketing, music, EMT/fire science, fine arts, honors, creative writing, general studies and more.  Students can apply for hundreds of scholarships with just one application.  Each semester, PVCC offers students one-on-one assistance to complete their scholarship applications.  These sessions include “Tips to Write Your Best Scholarship Essay,” debunking scholarship myths and invaluable resources for national scholarships.

One of PVCC’s best kept secrets is the President's Honors Scholarship.  PVCC Communications and Marketing student, Rachel Dickman, attended Pinnacle High School and was awarded the President's Honors Scholarship as she began her first year.  She says, “I received scholarships from ASU, U of A, and NAU but none of them could top the two-year full tuition scholarship I was awarded at PVCC.”

“Receiving this scholarship has allowed me to not stress too much about the heavy expense of paying for college and has given me more time to prepare scholarship applications for my transfer after I get my Associate's degree, as well as focus on my studies.  This scholarship means a lot to my family, too.  It has also given me the opportunity to explore different classes that challenge and motivate me to work hard in all aspects of my life, not just academically.”

“Applying for scholarships can be stressful and confusing.  My advice is to look at all your options, and apply for anything that you meet requirements for.  It's not always about applying for the "big money" scholarships, most are extremely competitive and don't have as many scholarships to give out.  The scholarships that have a lesser amount have more flexibility in the amount they provide to potential students.  Apply for everything!”

Rachel is not only committed to her studies, she also works as a Student Ambassador at the PVCC Welcome Center assisting incoming and current students with any questions they may have.

At the end of the Spring 2019 semester, she plans on graduating from PVCC with her Associate of Arts degree and then attend ASU in the Fall to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing.

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