CCC students get scholarships

CCC student Darrien Benally received three scholarships from the CCC Foundation to continue her education.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Darrien Benally hails from Flagstaff and wants to combine engineering and environment. Idera Furr-Clark calls Page home and has her sights set on healthy teeth.

Two young women from northern Arizona are among dozens who will be receiving a helping hand this fall.

The Coconino Community College Foundation announced in early May that 59 students were recipients of 74 scholarships worth nearly $82,270 for the 2015-16 academic year.


School has been a refuge for Darrien Benally. The troubles at home – substance abuse, domestic violence – fortified her drive to excel at school.

“I’ve always relied on education,” Benally said.

That drive has been noticed. Benally received three scholarships to continue her education at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff from the CCC Foundation. She accepted the Hartzell High School scholarship, the K & G.W. scholarship, and a One-Year Raymond Education Foundation scholarship for a total of $2,845 for the 2015-16 school year.

Benally comes to CCC after graduating from Coconino High School with a grade-point average of 3.5. She will be seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree.

“I was thinking alternative energy and then going into environmental engineering,” Benally said.

She participated in the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology program at CCC while in high school and became interested in combining engineering with environmental sustainability. She’d always been interested in engineering since she was a little girl and has a deep love of animals and the earth.

“It’s fulfilling two dreams at once, I guess,” Benally said.

The scholarships will help her not to rely on financial aid so much as she completes her community college education and transitions to the engineering program at Arizona State University.

Education has been a lifeline to her, and her difficult story can serve as an example to other young people wanting to escape difficult circumstances.

“It’s important for me to change the cycle of that,” Benally said.

See a video of Benally sharing her story here.


Idera Furr-Clark’s father finished middle school. Her mother finished high school. She is the first in her family to go to college, and she has been given a boost to make it to the finish line.

Furr-Clark received three scholarships to continue her education at CCC’s Page instructional site. She recently accepted the Northern Coconino County/Page scholarship, the Page/Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce scholarship, and a Two-Year Raymond Education Foundation scholarship for a total of $3,650 for the 2015-16 school year.

“I actually have a chance to live a better life,” Furr-Clark said, after hearing the news that she was awarded the scholarships.

She is in her second year at CCC after graduating from Page High School I 2014.

“It was really hard compared to high school,” Furr-Clark said, adding that it was worth it. She finished her first year with a 4.0 grade-point average.

In her letter of interest to seek the scholarships, Furr-Clark wrote, “I dream daily of becoming a successful woman. Coming from absolutely nothing gives me a high drive to prove to the world that no matter your background, you have the ability to achieve your goals if you strive for them.”

Her passion is teeth.

“I just love teeth for some reason,” Furr-Clark said, laughing. “I know some people think it’s crazy, but I love going to the dentist.”

The scholarships will help with tuition and books as she seeks her Associate of Arts degree from CCC before trying to move to ASU.

“It’s a blessing,” Furr-Clark said. “I never would have thought I could get a scholarship.”


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