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On-Field Ceremony Honors This Year's DBacks Helios Scholars

Posted on: August 12, 2013

On Saturday, August 10, the Arizona Diamondbacks introduced the 2013 DBacks Helios Scholars in an on-field presentation which included Helios Founding Board Chair Vince Roig and President and CEO Paul Luna.

Each of the scholarship recipients are academically gifted students with incredible stories of personal triumph, leadership, strength, hope and perseverance.  Seven of the eight students are first-generation college students.  

The scholarships, administered by the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, are awarded to college-bound high school seniors in Arizona to attend any four-year college or university in Arizona.  It is a competitive process in which students must demonstrate academic strength and a compelling desire to attend college.  A priority is given to students with limited financial resources.  In addition to the scholarship funding, each student will have access to a mentor to support them throughout their college education.

Students were presented with a scholarship certificate, a new laptop computer (courtesy of Insight and Lenovo), a bike and a D-Backs backpack full of gifts and supplies for college. 

Last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced a partnership with Helios Education Foundation and the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation to create the D-backs Helios Scholars program that will send 40 Arizona High School seniors to college over five years. The D-backs recognized eight scholars at a game last season to kick off the program in which the team will contribute $500,000 to the D-backs Helios Scholars program that Helios Education Foundation has matched for a total donation of $1 million. 

"Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for every individual in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education," said Vince Roig, Founding Chairman, Helios Education Foundation.  "We can't do that work alone and the Diamondbacks and the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation are two of our valued partners to help motivated students achieve post-secondary education."

Category: Postsecondary Completion

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