Miami — The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Ysabel Eylicio, a student from Miami High School, is among the 2017-2018 recipients of the prestigious need-based Dorrance Scholarship.
Ysabel will attend Northern Arizona University. Ysabel is among 30 Arizona students who are the first in their family to attend college who will receive the scholarship award and program package, worth more than $100,000 over four years, to attend one of Arizona’s three state universities.
The scholars represent 27 high schools in cities across Arizona, including Flagstaff, Ganado, Lakeside, Page, Saint Johns, Saint Michaels, Vail, and metro-Phoenix. In addition to receiving tuition assistance, Dorrance Scholars are required to live on campus during their freshman year, attend monthly meetings with fellow scholars, perform volunteer service, register for and complete at least 12 credit hours each semester, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
The program supports a pre-college summer transition program, international study and travel, an innovative entrepreneurship experience, and mentoring and tutoring. The scholarship award is renewable for up to three years, for a total of eight semesters of full-time, undergraduate study.
Scholarships are renewed based on academic achievement and participation in program events and activities.
“This program affords students with financial need the opportunity to study at a university, study for a semester abroad, and graduate with little to no debt,” said James Hensley, Executive Director of Dorrance Scholarship Programs at the Arizona Community Foundation. Hensley stressed that the Dorrance family supports a core values system that includes education, volunteerism, cultural legacy, and innovation.