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Rewarding Adult Learners

As part of our ongoing commitment to education and continuous learning, we introduced a unique scholarship for members who are 25 and older and attending an Arizona college or university.

Most scholarships are targeted to students just out of high school, so we wanted to offer our support for students who were starting school a little later or returning back to school to pursue their dreams.

“I’m so impressed by the determination and resiliency we see in these students,” said Jeff Meshey, the President and CEO of Desert Financial. “With some life experience, many now know what they want to do and how to get there. It’s inspiring.”

To launch our third year of our Adult Learners Scholarship Program, we increased the number of recipients, awarding $2,000 each to 25 students.

Each student joined us on a Zoom call to hear about their fellow recipients and learn about a couple of surprises.

Earlier in the day, we dropped off gift bags for all the students, which also included a special wrapped gift. During the ceremony, the students unwrapped their boxes to reveal a new iPad with a protective keyboard case. In addition, we also surprised one randomly chosen student to receive a $5,000 scholarship!

Congratulations to all the remarkable students we honored this year! Learn a little bit more about the scholarship winners below.

Tyler Allen is pursuing a Nursing degree at Northland Pioneer College.

Kayla Brown is pursuing a Nursing degree at Grand Canyon University.

Pete Burrell is pursuing a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northern Arizona University.

Tabitha Campos is pursuing a degree in Applied Human Behavior from Northern Arizona University.

Yesenia Cruz is pursuing a Nursing degree from Grand Canyon University.

Kristin Howard is pursuing a degree in Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University.

Jeremy Jackson is pursuing a Business Applied Management degree from Grand Canyon University.

Janice Jasinski is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University.

Chelsie Jones is pursuing a Family Nurse Practitioners Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University.

Ilse Lopez is pursuing a degree in Dental Hygiene from Rio Salado Community College.

Darcy Lor is pursuing a Nursing degree from GateWay Community College.

Michelle Matthies is pursuing an Associate’s degree in American Sign Language from Coconino Community College.

Caylan Moore is pursuing a Medical degree at the University of Arizona.

Jasmyn Morton is pursuing a BS in Chemistry from Arizona State University.

Kelly Nagel is pursuing a Nursing degree from Central Arizona College.

Terry Pelaez is pursuing a Master’s of Education in School Counseling at Northern Arizona University.

Steve Puklin is pursuing a Doctorate in Education and Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Richard Quinonez is pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Jamie Lee Sorrick is pursuing a degree in Business Management from Mesa Community College.

Susana Spiegel is pursuing a Christian Studies degree through Grand Canyon University.

Katherine Travis is pursuing a Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University.

Domonic Turner is pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northern Arizona University.

Xianu Weitzell is pursuing an Accounting degree from Arizona State University.

Molly Williams is pursuing a Master’s in Communication and Education from Grand Canyon University.

Congratulations to our 2021 Adult Learners Scholarship winners! Applications for the 2022 program will be available at the beginning of February.

This program is funded through Desert Financial Foundation. To donate to our scholarship programs, click the button below and select “Scholarships” under the program selection menu.


The material presented here is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used as financial, investment, or legal advice.