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 or junior high students in the Phoenix area and also earn a $500 scholarship award. Students receiving this scholarship will mentor students during the 2015-16 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 2.0 or higher from previous college courses and plan to take at least one Rio Salado course during both the fall and spring 2015-16 terms. Students who are native Spanish speakers or have some fluency with the Spanish language are encouraged to apply.
• Preference will be given to students who 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 2015.
• 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

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 August 11th and should be completed prior to that date.
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