Red Rocks Community College News Release
RRCC “Gets it Done” for underserved youth in our community
AWRSAY luncheon raises scholarship money
Lakewood, CO –Scholarships make college a reality for many high school students and on June 20, 2012 the Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) hosted their 2nd Annual “Get It Done” luncheon to benefit students who have overcome adversity in their lives.
Over 140 members of the community attended the event and contributed more than $9,000 for scholarships that will help graduating high school seniors attend Red Rocks Community College and support the participation of 7th–11th grade students in summer leadership opportunities.
The luncheon’s message “Help Us, Help Them, Help Themselves,” was echoed by speakers Dr. Michele Haney, President, Red Rocks Community College and Dr. Cindy Stevenson, Superintendent, Jeffco Public Schools, who emphasized the importance of investing hope and possibility in our young people through recognition. Past AWRSAY scholarship recipients shared inspiring personal accounts on how receiving scholarships positively impacted their lives.
Daisy, now 23, was able to attend college much sooner thanks to her AWRSAY scholarship. Daisy shared her story of being a young child and enduring surgery after surgery and eventually having her leg amputated. Inspired by her own mentors, she is now determined to dedicate her professional life to working with disadvantaged youth to “empower them to use their voice and be successful.” She is getting her general education credits at Red Rocks with a plan to transfer to a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Matthew, now 19, expressed to the luncheon attendees that their support makes such a difference for young people, “If life gives you lemons, your support is the sugar that helps us make lemonade.” Matthew plans to complete a degree at Red Rocks then transfer to a university with the goal of one day becoming a fashion and concept photographer.
More about AWRSAY: The Arvada-Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth recognizes teens that are from the Arvada and Wheat Ridge communities who have overcome adversity or a major life challenge by enabling them to further their education. AWRSAY provides scholarships to Red Rocks Community College to high school seniors, as well as financial support for 7th – 11th grade students to engage in leadership opportunities. All recipients are recognized at a ceremony each spring with family and community in attendance. 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