Scholarship helps CCC student's plan to give back


CCC student Ciara Scott will graduate from CCC in December and transfer to NAU for the spring semester. For a video of Scott's experience, visit CCC's YouTube page here.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The word “education” comes up often in Ciara Scott’s family. Her grandmothers, mother and aunts were all teachers.

When she graduated from Tuba City High School in 2014, Scott set her sights on college, and with the help of the Raymond Educational Foundation, she will be able to do so without having to worry about finances.

Scott was a recipient of one of the Raymond Educational Foundation scholarships to attend Coconino Community College. She made a presentation filled with “thank you’s” on June 6 at the Elks Lodge during the Raymond Educational Foundation’s annual meeting.

“I am feeling super grateful that I was one of the students awarded among many because I know how competitive scholarships can be and also how the costs of attending college are always on the rise,” Scott said, adding that she plans to use the funds to pay for tuition, fees and books at CCC.

CCC President Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., told the crowd of about 50 people that what the Raymond Educational Foundation does is far-reaching. CCC’s students have stories that are varied. Some are young, some older, some come straight out of high school and some are returning to school.

“What you do reaches much farther than you could possibly know,” Dr. Smith told the crowd. “Thank you for what you do for our students.”

In her letter of interest when applying for scholarships, Scott stated, “I didn’t think it was possible for me to ever become successful. All my life I was always told what to do and to stay in school, I knew that a college education would be important, but over and over, I was indecisive about what I wanted to study.”

Scott enrolled at CCC with the help of her older sister Loreal, who graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master’s degree in School Counseling. Scott’s initial interest was in Early Childhood Education, but that interest evolved into health-related topics, which are topics of concern in the Tuba City community from where she hails.

Because she earned several college credits while still in high school, Scott is slated to graduate from CCC with an associate’s degree in General Studies in December 2016 and head to university after the holiday break.

“I would have to say that CCC was a major support to me through everything,” Scott said, adding that she was offered a federal work-study position that helped with her transition to Flagstaff and the higher-education setting. She’s also completed internships and volunteer positions in the health care field.

“I liked how inclusive CCC was,” Scott said. “Everyone’s just always willing to help each other out.”

Scott’s plans are to study Health Sciences with an emphasis on public health in order to go into a health-related career. She is a CCC2NAU student and will be attending NAU in the spring to study Public Health.

“The idea to go back home and help my native people with the degree I pursue is a goal of mine,” Scott said.

She added, “I hope my legacy will inspire others to never give up.”

Dr. R.O. Raymond founded the Flagstaff Education Foundation in 1952. A long-time supporter of residents in Coconino County, Dr. Raymond was known for generously helping with educational costs, providing free medical care and promoting health in the community. This two-year scholarship offers students $1,650 per year, totaling $3,300.

After Dr. Raymond’s death, the Flagstaff Education Foundation became the Raymond Educational Foundation in his honor.  Since 1963, the Raymond Education Foundation has given more than $4 million to organizations such as Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Unified School District, Flagstaff Family Food Center, National Hospice, and Coconino Community College.


Wednesday, 10th August 2016

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