Designing her future at CCC


Flagstaff, Ariz. -- Her dream was graphic design, but it had been years since she'd been at school.


Suzanne Dison, who graduated in May with an associate degree and is now off to NAU, has a story that is filled with more than three years of dedication and remarkable academic success while at Coconino Community College.


Dison began her most recent academic career at CCC in the summer of 2014. It had been a long time since she had been back to school, but she knew she wanted to go back. With Suzanne living in Flagstaff, CCC seemed like a great place to start a new academic legacy.


Her chosen field of study when beginning at CCC was graphic design.


"I love graphic design and that's what I wanted to do," said Dison.


Dison parents did not receive higher education, making her a first-generation college student. This made her eligible to be a part of CCC's TRiO program, which is geared toward putting first-generation, low income, and disabled students on a proper path to academic success.

After being admitted into the TRiO program, Dison said, "The rest has been a dream come true."


Shortly after her entry into Coconino Community College, Suzanne was awarded the CCC TRiO program's "I Will Succeed" Grant which is given to a select number of top-performing TRiO students each year. This was the first of many scholarships that Dison has earned throughout her time at CCC.


In the fall of 2015, she received the Betty Steyskal Life-Long Learning Scholarship through the CCC Foundation. This scholarship is given to female students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or higher with an apparent financial need. Dison wrote a successful essay for this scholarship and was chosen to receive it.


"I was on my way after that. I was kind of hooked on scholarships," said Dison.


After her receiving the Betty Steyskal Scholarship, Dison went on to receive yet another scholarship for the next two consecutive semesters.


She was awarded the Donald Boston Scholarship for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 academic semesters.


Receiving these scholarships was a "breath of fresh air" for Dison because she was able to know in advance that she would have scholarship funding to keep her in school for the foreseeable future.


For the entire 2016 academic year, she received the Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation Scholarship. The foundation is based in Phoenix.


Dison has excelled as a student at CCC since she entered college in 2014. She maintained a 3.5 accumulative grade point average into 2017. This allowed her to become a member of CCC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 


At NAU, Dison will work to earn her bachelor's degree in Graphics and Web Design.


"The scholarships that I have been afforded here at Coconino Community College have been just crucial," said Dison.


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-- Alec Bodemer

Wednesday, 19th July 2017

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