Students earn MCC Service Scholarships

MESA, Arizona – Sept. 25, 2018 – Forty Mesa Community College students were named MCC Service Scholars, recognizing their community service and volunteerism, during an Aug. 17 luncheon at MCC’s Southern and Dobson Campus.

Recipients each volunteered a minimum of 100 hours of service during the previous 12 months; collectively providing over 9,400 hours of volunteer service to the community.

Scholarships were made possible through generous support from four sources: Jeffrey Lu Leadership Fund, reserved for a McClintock High School graduate or current MCC student; Leisure World Lions Club Lions Spirit of Service Scholarship for veterans of MCC, Rector RockHill Fund benefiting current MCC students and the Boren Family Fund supporting Mesa Public School graduates.

The scholars participated in a wide range of volunteer projects including tutoring homeless children, working in community gardens, setting up elementary classrooms and serving as art gallery educators, athletic trainers and EMT instructors.

The following are fall 2018 MCC Service Scholars:

Jeffrey Lu Leadership Scholar

Juliana Costa de Oliveira

Leisure World Lions Club Veterans Scholars

Daniel Piotrowski and Naheema Shafau

Rector RockHill Scholars

  1. Trevor Bailey
  2. Alia Brown
  3. Monica Burnett
  4. Maria Dawes
  5. Jeffrey Eberlein
  6. Jesus Guevara Osorio
  7. Alex Hauptli
  8. Christopher Hunt
  9. Kyle Kane
  10. Marie Longhurst
  11. Derek McDonald
  12. Megan Oakes
  13. Jeremy Pemberton
  14. Preston Peterson
  15. Tami Schipper
  16. Nathaniel Smith
  17. Zack Turner
  18. Zachary Zapata

Boren Family Scholarship

  1. Alexis Richards
  2. Savana Flores
  3. Marialy Rivera-Vega
  4. Amber Amerio
  5. Amber Budinger
  6. Andrea Astorga-German
  7. Alejandro Castillo
  8. Nicholas DeMott
  9. Callie Gaytan
  10. Chase Hall
  11. Hailey Hardy
  12. Juan Herrera Lugo
  13. Victoria Johnson
  14. Rachael Mangini
  15. Julie Mercado-Lima
  16. Nkechinyere Eze
  17. Ivan Quintana
  18. Lukas Sweetsir
  19. My Ka Tran

Additional criteria includes being enrolled at MCC as a student for a minimum of six credit hours and with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) and the submission of a Reflection Essay describing what was gained from the volunteer experience and how it meaningfully impacted the community.

Lions Spirit of Service Scholarship recipients are military veterans who provide outstanding service to our country and community and demonstrate financial need.

The application due date for the Spring Semester is Feb. 1, 2019. For details visit:

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[Updated 10/05/18 with addition of Boren scholars No. 5 through 19.]

Media contact: Dawn Zimmer,, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for service-learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to higher education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. MCC is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body that enriches the learning experience. Renowned faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and nationally. MCC, located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of 10 colleges comprising the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information visit

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Publication Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2018