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Helios Education Foundation Provides Lead Gift for Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Posted on: July 3, 2013

The Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment has been established at the Arizona Community Foundation to endow scholarships for the children of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and other fallen firefighters. The goal is to build the fund to at least $1 million, which will continue to grow-thanks to the power of endowment-over the next 12-16 years, until the children are of age to apply for college scholarships.

Helios Education Foundation is proud to provide the lead gift of $100,000 for the endowment. ACF and its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation are contributing at least $50,000. Arizonans are invited to make gifts to help grow this endowment.

"Like all Arizonans, the board and staff of Helios Education Foundation are mourning the brave firefighters who lost their lives in the Yarnell fire," said Vince Roig, Founding Chairman, Helios Education Foundation. "While we know there are many immediate needs for the families and communities directly impacted by the fire, we want to honor the sacrifice of the fallen firefighters through the establishment of this scholarship endowment. The fund will support the educational future of their children and, we hope, provide some comfort and security for each of the families."

ACF and Helios collaborate on a number of education-related partnerships each year. This new partnership allows both organizations to put their resources and strengths to best use for the firefighters' families. 

In addition to the scholarship fund, the Arizona Community Foundation continues to raise funds for disaster relief as well. To learn more, visit the Arizona Community Foundation.

Category: Foundation Feature

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