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SIS scholarships provide hope to more families

January 07, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

We needed this. In a time of strife that never seems to end, a ray of hope and joy came from 26 students and their families from poor neighborhoods around GCU on Tuesday and Wednesday. They were awarded full-tuition Students Inspiring Students Scholarships, and the tears flowed. “I’m doing this to repay them,” said Dah Htoo of her parents, who brought her to America for a better life through an education.

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GCU throws a Purple Party for Paul’s Car Wash

October 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Usually, GCU’s basketball and Spirit Team head to Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix to wash a few cars at Paul’s Car Wash. For 13 years, the weeklong fundraiser has raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. But this year, with the event going virtual, CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton came to GCU instead to accept a donation for the organization. It was a visit with plenty of fanfare. “We’re just trying to re-create that Purple Pre-Game Party,” said Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo, who added how GCU’s relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters is expanding this year.

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GCU cooks up virtual demo for Phoenix Food Day

October 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Like a lot of events these days, Phoenix Food Day on Saturday is going virtual — and drive-thru. One of the ways GCU is participating in the event, designed to inspire people to change the way they look at food, is with a virtual cooking demonstration. The video features Canyon 49 Sous Chef Mike Willison and Learning Lounge LEAD Brianna Castro, who translated Chef Mike’s commentary into Spanish to reach those many Spanish-speaking families who will attend.

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GCU student fights wildfires with his own inner fire

September 24, 2020 / by / 2 Comments

Christian Simmons starts in-person classes Monday with a lot of intense stories he can tell about his summer. He fought wildfires during one of the most intense fire seasons ever. The Government major and Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient shares how one day in the Tonto National Forest the flames were too close for comfort.

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Her job shows how SIS scholarship program works

August 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Those first Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipients came to GCU with hope for a better future. The University helped them grow and have watched many graduate in the past year. Now they are landing jobs, also thanks not only to SIS but to Academic and Career Excellence advisors who helped guide them. One of them is Jazmin Miguel, who had reason to call GCU “a place of miracles and hope.”

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GCU puts a Face(book) to scholarship winners

April 30, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Despite the pandemic, Megan Serafini couldn’t let the graduates leave or the new scholarship winners be ushered in without the traditional year-end Student Inspiring Students banquet. So the SIS Program Manager worked quickly to put a reception together on GCU’s Facebook page. The result showed just why SIS students have become a shining example of resilience in tough times.

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Diploma honors memory of grandfather for SIS grad

December 13, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient Carla Ceja has the weight of family history, her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s disease and her parent’s words of encouragement with her as she prepares to accept her diploma at GCU’s afternoon graduation ceremony today. She had learned of her grandfather’s diagnosis as a child, and it spurred her to learn English, study hard to get a scholarship and eventually earn a degree in psychology. She is among the first large group of SIS students to earn their degrees.

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SIS scholarships change lives of 16 more families

December 05, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Sixteen dreams were realized Wednesday night at GCU. New recipients of the Students Inspiring Students full-ride scholarships were awarded to local high school students in need. Many were like Patrick Zeman, who was once homeless. They were accomplished and smart but didn’t think they would ever be able to go to college.

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GCU cooks up support for Phoenix Food Day

October 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Two years ago, the Cartwright Community Garden, which sits adjacent to Bret R. Tarver Elementary School and Marc T. Atkinson Middle School, was just an empty lot where a fire destroyed plans for a garden — and destroyed a mobile garden dubbed Gus the Garden Bus. Phoenix Fire Captain Austin Moreland, a GCU alum and former baseball player, couldn’t just let those plans fall by the wayside and enlisted the help of the community to restore the garden and create a new Gus the Garden Bus. The memorial garden was the site Saturday for the city of Phoenix’s Food Day and the Junior League of Phoenix’s Healthfest. GCU was there, with Canyon 49 Executive Sous Chef Michael Willison and members of the men’s baseball team, Milwaukee Brewers and the Learning Lounge to help inspire people to change the way they look at food.

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Grads bring Students Inspiring Students full circle

April 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

After three years of hard work and hundreds of hours of service, Grand Canyon University’s first Students Inspiring Students graduates walked across the commencement stage Thursday afternoon to receive their diplomas. Yenni Sanchez Perez received her Bachelor’s degree in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, and Sean Oliver received his Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies. “This is why we began the scholarship,” said Dr. Joe Veres, Vice President of Student Success. “This is probably the most rewarding commencement ceremony that I’ve been a part of.”

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