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PCC Foundation Fiesta Speaker Hopes to Make a Difference

April 24, 2013

Tucson, AZ – The Pima Community College annual Scholarship Recognition Fiesta will feature a speaker who considers education a gift and hopes to make a difference.

“I work hard for my education and take advantage of what is offered to me,” said Jeanette Alcaraz, a scholarship recipient who will speak at tomorrow’s event. “I treat education like the gift it really is. It is valuable.” 

The Fiesta celebrates PCC scholarship recipients, honors donors and raises scholarship funds for coming semesters.  The Foundation expects more than 100 scholarship recipients and their families and friends to attend.  

Alcaraz, 22, earned her Associate of Liberal Arts degree and an Honors Certificate in May 2011 and is currently working on earning an Associate degree in Business Administration. She plans to transfer to The University of Arizona to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business.

“I received several scholarships from the PCC Foundation,” said Alcaraz.  “They’ve been very supportive of my dreams.”

Alcaraz helps her mother care for her younger and older brother who are blind and have mental disabilities.  “My brothers inspire me on a daily basis,” Alcaraz said.  “My younger brother, who is blind and autistic, taught me to look at life in a perspective I have never seen before.”

Alcaraz sees herself as a leader in her community striving to make a difference.  She believes that people who do not take advantage of education are losing out on an enormous opportunity of academic development and intellectual growth.

In 2012-13, the Pima Community College Foundation awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to 1,500 students, but more funds are needed to meet student demand.  Hundreds of students who applied for assistance were not able to receive an award.

Proceeds from the Fiesta help PCC achieve its mission of “developing our community through learning” by providing philanthropic support, including scholarships, to PCC. There will be music, food, a live and silent auction, and a raffle.  Call 206-4646 to confirm your attendance. 

  • When:  Thursday, April 25, 5-6 p.m.
  • Where:  Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, Catalina Ballroom, 5151 E. Grant Road
  • R.S.V.P.:  Call (520) 206-4646 or email foundation@pima.edu to reserve your seat.
  • Admission: No charge to attend.

CONTACT:
C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850

ckaramargin@pima.edu