Be a Leader Scholarship at Rio Salado College

Are you interested in mentoring young students while also receiving a $500.00 scholarship? Rio Salado students have the opportunity to inspire elementary, junior high, or high school students in the Phoenix area and also earn a $500 scholarship award. Students receiving this scholarship will mentor students during the 2014-15 school year through the Be A Leader Foundation. If you can be a positive mentor and volunteer approximately 40 hours of your time this coming year (August-May), please review the following commitment requirements to see if you should apply:

• Make a nine-month commitment for one Saturday per month (8:30-1:30/2:00) during which you will take part in mentor/mentee activities.
• You will attend a volunteer training orientation.
• You will pass a background check with fingerprint clearance if necessary.

Additional scholarship criteria:
• You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from previous college courses and plan to take at least one Rio Salado course during both the fall and spring 2014-15 terms. Students who are native Spanish speakers or have some fluency with the Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
• You must Demonstrate Financial Need (as indicated by your FAFSA results).
• You must have your own reliable transportation.
• You must make the nine-month commitment. Most programs are from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on one Saturday per month beginning in August 2014.
• You will be required to answer additional questions to those asked within the general application.
• You may be required to provide transcripts from a previous/current high school, college or university.
• You will be required to provide a minimum of one recommendation from an instructor, advisor, mentor or other non-family member that knows you well.
• You will be required to provide financial information documentation (most recent federal income tax return [Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ – yours or your parents/guardians] OR the SAR from current FAFSA.

Additional information about the_ Be A Leader Foundation_ can be found at For more information, you can also contact John Bastian at 480.517.8656 or via email at

This is a recurring scholarship that is open for applications in May/June of every year.

Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you learn about this scholarship?
  2. Do you have reliable transportation?
  3. If you receive this scholarship, will you authorize a background check with fingerprint clearance?
  4. If you receive this scholarship, will you make the nine-month commitment for one Saturday per month (8:30 AM - 1:30/2:00 PM) during which you will take part in mentor/mentee activities?
  5. A recommendation will be required from an instructor, advisor, mentor, employer, or any other non-family member who knows you well and is able to complete an online form. Please provide the name and address below and notify the individual that they will be receiving a request from us and will need to complete it as soon as they are able to. Please let them know that the cut-off date for your application to be considered is July 19th and should be completed prior to that date.
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