Lyon's Pride Scholarship established at CCC

Date: Thursday, 29th July 2021 12:00 AM

Russ Lyon Foundation establishes scholarship to help CCC students realize their dreams. Pictured are Todd Gillenwater, co-owner of Russ Lyon/Sotheby’s International Realty, Nichole Hickey, co-chair of the Russ Lyon Foundation, Dianna Sanchez, chief development officer for the CCC Foundation, and Amber Welsch, co-chair of Russ Lyon Foundation.



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - With the right helping a hand, a person who always dreamed of college and the possibility of a better life can work to realize that dream.


An Arizona-based Real Estate company wants to offer that helping hand to students at Coconino Community College.


The nonprofit arm of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, the Russ Lyon Foundation, established the Lyon’s Pride Scholarship through the CCC Foundation.


“The Russ Lyon Foundation does a lot of crisis-based work,” said Todd Gillenwater, chief executive officer and co-owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. “We were looking for a way to combine opportunities and advancement as well as helping people in crisis.”


Gillenwater said that the company, with offices in Flagstaff and throughout the state, encourages teams to volunteer and support local causes.


“So, we try to contribute on a local level,” Gillenwater added. “The community college is just a tremendous resource. The idea was to come up with a scholarship plan in all the community college districts where we have offices.”


Three students who qualify will receive the Lyon’s Pride Scholarship, which is $1,000 per academic year. To qualify, students must demonstrate financial need, have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours. Preference is given to first-generation students and students who are single parents or the head of a household.


“We feel it important to support not only people in crisis, but also people in our communities looking to improve their lives through education but facing a resource challenge,” Gillenwater said.


The Russ Lyon Foundation was established in 2014 to help agents and employees of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty become involved in community service work and charitable organizations throughout Arizona. Since 2014, the nonprofit has donated more than $207,000 to nearly 70 charitable organizations, including more than $53,000 toward education programs, sponsorships for underprivileged children and food distributions.


The CCC Foundation, founded in 1993, has more than 50 scholarship categories, and many of the scholarships are distributed to multiple students each academic year. Each scholarship has specific requirements to be met by applicants. The Foundation’s funds are distributed to benefit and advance CCC’s students and faculty in the form of scholarships, financial aid, development of special facilities, procurement of special equipment and development of countywide support for the college.


For more information about scholarship opportunities through the CCC Foundation, visit . For more information about the Russ Lyon Foundation, visit .





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  • Thursday, 29th July 2021 12:00 AM