2018 Scholarship Winners

Meet Some of our 2018 Community Scholarship Winners

Desert Financial recently awarded 10 high school seniors with Community Service Scholarship Awards. Each student recognized had volunteered more than 50 hours in the community during the past year, with several completing well over 100 hours.

All of the students received scholarships for $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 to use toward their in-state college expenses. Meet some of our top winners and learn about their service to our community.

Drake Penne – $5,000

Western School of Science and Technology

Drake has been an active volunteer in his school and community, providing much-needed support in a variety of areas. He’s helped set up and coordinate multiple fundraising events, including car washes, carnivals and an annual community holiday fair.

Drake has also volunteered as a score keeper for school and community youth sports games, allowing students who come from low-income families to have the opportunity to participate in teams and leagues.

Drake is committed to supporting his community and wants to inspire other students in Maryvale to pursue college. “I want to show them that it is possible... and that they can follow their dreams,” Drake said. “I want them to feel proud of their background and where they grew up.”

Drake will be attending the NAU Honors College and plans to study Applied Computer Science.

Jasmine Effendi – $5,000

Paradise Valley High School

Jasmine is passionate about the healthcare field and committed to helping those in need.

Her journey started at a young age, when Jasmine’s mom would regularly take her to volunteer at a homeless shelter near their house. These experiences inspired her to give back in high school and led Jasmine to start volunteering with Hospice of the Valley.

Jasmine worked alongside nurses and nursing assistants to provide direct care and comfort for patients, and she participated in monthly training to advance her education in healthcare.

She also helped the staff by responding to call lights, restocking supplies, answering phones and greeting guests. Her supervisor said that Jasmine went above and beyond her duties by providing companionship, socialization and emotional support for the patients and their families.

Jasmine plans to major in Biology at the University of Arizona.

Sudin Regmi – $10,000

Chandler Preparatory Academy

Sudin was inspired to volunteer by his father, who was a volunteer pastor for their church. Sudin said his dad would spend his free time helping others and always opened their house to people in the community.

“By seeing him serve,” Sudin said, “I too began to serve unknowingly.” Sudin’s desire to emulate his father directed him to start volunteering for his school, the Harvest Foundation, and Hope for Himalayan.

Sudin spends much of his volunteer time working with young Bhutanese-Nepali refugees who are struggling to acclimate and succeed in school. He works with the students to provide mentoring, counseling, homework help and tutoring.

Through programs at his church, Sudin also helps refugee adults with translating documents, filing out forms and filing taxes. In the past year, Sudin has volunteered nearly 300 hours to support people in his community.

Sudin plans to study Accounting and Finance at Arizona State University.

Congratulations to Drake, Jasmine, and Sudin, as well as the $2,500 scholarship winners: Abigail Howk, Adina Guntermann, Alonso Trevizo, Amy Dietrich, Collin Halamka, Keegan Acton and Sydney Bradley.

Applications for next year’s scholarships will be available in October of 2018.