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PFFC Educational Scholarship Awardees


Scholarship Winners for 2014

My Dinh
My Dinh- John Valentine Scholarship $1250.00:
My Thuy Dinh and her family came to the United States three years ago from Vietnam. She now lives in Peoria with her mother and two brothers. My has a wonderful single mom who has solely supported her to provide all the needs for her and the family. Currently, My is living with her grandparents and spends her free time teaching children Vietnamese at her church and honing her English language skills.

My graduated from Peoria High School in May of 2014 with a 3.3 GPA. Starting next school year, 2014-2015, she will be attending Glendale Community College for two years studying General Education Development. Her goal in life is to become an Emergency Medical Technician where she can use her skills to help people.

My's quote in life is "when you are smart, you need 1 learn and 1 try. But when you aren't smart, you need 100 learns and 100 tries."



Evan Rogers Evan Rogers - John Valentine Scholarship $1250.00:
Evan was born in Phoenix, Arizona and lived there until he was four years old in a small house with only three bedrooms filled with six kids. He shared a room with his three older brothers, as his sisters shared the other room. It was in this house that he knew wanted to become a fire-fighter when a faulty ceiling fan started to produce smoke. He was alone with his grandmother and mom. The next thing he remembered was being rushed outside and seeing a really big and shiny fire truck parked in front of his house. To him, even thinking about it today, it was the coolest thing in the world and he knew that he wanted to be a fire-fighter. As he grew older and learned more about the job, he has become determined to fulfill his dream of showing up to help people in a big red shiny fire truck.

After Evan turned four his family moved to Peoria due to gang activity in the old neighborhood. Here it was safer and gave the family more room to grow. Evan attended elementary school at Zuni Hills and started playing the trumpet in band during the 5th grade. Evan graduated from Liberty High School where he was a member of the marching band, concert band, pep band, and jazz band. Evan started to take classes in fire science during his Junior and Senior years of high school. He enjoyed every day of class, learning new things about the fire service, volunteering with the Peoria Firefighters Charities, and making friends with potential co-workers. Evan is attending Glendale Community College starting this spring and majoring in Fire Science.


Savannah Scott Savannah Scott - General Education Scholarship $1000.00:
Savannah lives in Peoria, Arizona and graduated from Centennial High School in 2014. She was an active member in National Honor Society, as well as a dedicated athlete on Centennial's Varsity Swim Team. It was there that she learned what it meant to work as a team while having fun and enjoying everything she was involved in. Two of her proudest accomplishments have been being able to graduate with all of her friends, and earning second for the 100 yard Butterfly race at her final district swim meet. She has been working with the City of Peoria for four years as a certified lifeguard, and enjoys teaching swim lessons and coaching a recreational swim team. She greatly enjoys being involved in Peoria's Adaptive Program, and is currently the head instructor of Peoria's adaptive swim lessons for children and adults with special needs. Presenting the opportunity to learn how to swim and be safe in an aquatic environment is her top priority and greatest joy. She plans to continue with the adaptive program and be involved in Special Olympics for her third year as coach.

Savannah plans to attend Grand Canyon University and study to become a Physical Therapist. It is her ultimate goal to help people in any way she can, and has a dream to start new programs within the city that can help people heal, or expand themselves, such as an Aquatic Therapy class through the city. She is deeply grateful for the generosity of Peoria Firefighter Charities, and is very excited to use this scholarship to follow her dreams.



Scholarship Winners for 2013

AJ
AJ Arguetta
General Education Scholarship 2013

Mike Kistler
John Valentine Scholarship 2013

Brad Reynolds
John Valentine Scholarship 2013

Leeray Downing

John Valentine Scholarship Winner 2012

Granvel Leeray Downing
Leeray is eighteen years old and has recently graduated from Liberty High School in 2012. He is the oldest of four and has three sisters. Growing up he attended Abraham Lincoln Traditional School, and then went on to attend Liberty High School, in which time he was also able to participate in the Peoria Unified School District Fire Science program. He was also able to participate his senior year in a West-Mec program for seniors and was able to take the EMT course at Glendale Community College.

Some of his career goals are to attend Glendale Community College and obtain a Fire Science degree. After his degree is completed he hopes to one day become a firefighter. Some of his hobbies include playing baseball which he was able to do all four years of high school. He is also a racquetball player in which he is currently sponsored by Team Head, and has competed in both world and national events. Along with this Leeray enjoys hunting, fishing and almost every sport, to play just for fun. Leeray states that he is truly thankful to the Peoria Firefighters Charities for this scholarship and for the opportunity to get a jump start on his career and life.



Brianna Zieba

General Education Scholarship Winner 2012

Brianna Zieba
Brianna Zieba lives in Peoria, Arizona. She was a student in the Peoria Unified School District from kindergarten through twelfth grade, graduating from Centennial High School in May of 2012. She became involved in the volleyball program at Centennial, playing two years on both JV and Varsity. Additionally, Brianna became an active member of the Centennial chapter of National Honor Society; she even became a leader in both Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Christian Club on Campus. Brianna also played club volleyball for many years, where she learned teamwork and leadership skills.

Her freshman year at Centennial, she shadowed a compound pharmacist and it was then that Brianna found her future career. She volunteered at John C. Lincoln Hospital for two years until she turned eighteen and then she completed an internship at Potter's House Apothecary. Brianna is currently working at Potter's House Apothecary where she assists at the front desk and works as a pharmacy tech trainee in the lab. Brianna will be a freshman at Creighton University in the Fall, where she plans to complete her undergraduate prerequisites before attending the Creighton Graduate school for her Doctorate of Pharmacy and her Master's in Business. She plans to continue volunteering and serving others in her community, while also becoming an active leader on campus. Brianna told us she is grateful to the Peoria Firefighters Charities for this scholarship, which will aide her greatly on her academic quest.


2011 Scholarship Awards


In the above Picture:
Sarah Rogers, awarded John Valentine Memorial Scholarship 2011.
Mario Bravo, VP of PFFC.
Blaine Cruz, awarded General Education Scholarship 2011 .


Previous Scholarship Awards

2010
John Valentine Memorial Scholarship: Colin Acey
General Education Scholarship: Christina Pap

2009
John Valentine Memorial Scholarship: Emily Butler
General Education Scholarship: Christine Ramirez

2008
John Valentine Memorial Scholarship: Dallas Long and Andrew Wombolt

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