AWRSAY Scholarship Named After RRCC-Arvada Advisor Dan Macy
LAKEWOOD, CO – Finding scholarships and grants is critical for graduating high school students who can’t afford to attend college but wish to become educated. Arvada and Wheat Ridge students with connections to service organizations such as Rotary Club and Kiwanis have help thanks to Dan Macy and the other founders of the Arvada-Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY).
Macy, a career counselor and academic advisor at Red Rocks Community College, has worked with AWRSAY since its founding 11 years ago. In that time, 265 scholarships to Red Rocks Community College have been awarded by the organization to students in need who are associated with service clubs. Five per year--25 total--of these scholarships are worth $1200 and are named after founding individuals, including the addition of Dan Macy this year.
“My role in AWRSAY is to help make scholarship recipients aware of how to apply their awards,” said Macy. “I assist them in their time at RRCC, and with their further plans for work or higher education. I’m honored to have a Founders Scholarship named after me and glad that my work with this program will help those in need who are willing to go to college afford to do so.”
Kyle Quintrall, a Wheat Ridge High School senior, received Macy’s Founders Scholarship at this year’s March 14 award ceremony at Arvada West High School. Quintrall will attend Red Rocks Community College in the fall, studying computer technology. He will be the first to attend college in his family.
The AWRSAY program is a unique collaboration between Red Rocks Community College and Foundation, the Arvada Optimist Club, the Clear Creek Optimist Club, the Arvada-Jefferson Kiwanis, the Arvada Rotary, the Arvada Sunrise Rotary, the Lake Arbor Optimist Club, the Lakeside-Wheat Ridge Kiwanis, the Wheat Ridge Optimist Club, the cities of Arvada and Wheat Ridge, the Jefferson Foundation, and Jefferson County Public Schools. The program honors high school youth who demonstrate personal strength, a commitment to community service, and determination in overcoming adversity. In addition to the Founders scholarships, other $900 scholarships are awarded.
All scholarship money comes from the service clubs’ fundraising efforts. AWRSAY also provides refurbished computers to scholarship awardees. Furthermore, $200 personal skill-development grants are available to service club members in grades seven through 11. All RRCC scholarships are renewable for a second semester if an appropriate number of credits are taken and the student maintains a minimum GPA.
To receive a 2013 scholarship, a high school senior must be nominated by a principal or guidance counselor before the second Friday in Dec. 2012. The next round of scholarship recipients will be selected in January.
More about AWRSAY: The Arvada-Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth recognize teens involved in service organizations that have overcome adversity or a major obstacle by enabling them to further their education. AWRSAY provides scholarships to Red Rocks Community College to high school seniors, as well as acknowledgment and funding for the goals of younger, deserving kids. For more information, see rrcc.edu/awrsay.
More about Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.
AWRSAY 2012 recipients.