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Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors
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By Marisela Felix
Director of Public Info
APRIL 29, 2020 / MODIFIED MAY 19, 2020 10:04 AM



Sunnyside Alumni Association Awards $50,750 in Scholarships for Sunnyside Seniors

Tucson, AZ. April 29, 2020 — Forty-eight high school seniors were invited to a Google Hangout meeting for what they thought would be a discussion about graduation plans. Superintendent Steve Holmes and high school principals as well as District counselors conspired the surprise meeting to actually deliver the news that they were the recipients of a “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship.

One of this year’s scholarship winners is Adilene Escalante Duran, a senior at Sunnyside High School. “My goal ever since I have been a little girl was to attend the University of Arizona, and now that the time is here I am looking for every opportunity possible to begin my journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only helping me but my family as well.”

The Sunnyside Alumni Association awarded $50,750 in scholarships to support Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) students in their college plans. The scholarships ranged from $500 - $5,000 and were made possible through contributions from district employees, professional associations, community organizations, businesses, and individual donors. The goal of the Sunnyside Alumni Association is to promote graduation, lifelong learning and pride in SUSD. 

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At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.orgFacebookInstagramTwitter.



Below is the class of 2020 students who will receive scholarships:

  • Dafne Flores - Sunnyside High School
  • Angel Arvayo - Desert View High School
  • Gloria Hernandez - Desert View High School
  • Nataly Demara - Desert View High School
  • Adilene Escalante Duran - Sunnyside High School
  • Samantha Hernandez - Sunnyside High School
  • Rachel Taylor - Desert View High School
  • Jenny Nguyen - Desert View High School
  • Anakaren Lugo Valencia - Sunnyside High School
  • Robert Canady - Desert View High School
  • Jessica Vasquez Espinosa - Sunnyside High School
  • Valeria Mendoza - Sunnyside High School
  • Ysenia Dorame - Desert View High School
  • Aram Collins - Desert View High School
  • Liliana Delgado - Desert View High School
  • Lorenzo Gomez Leon - Sunnyside High School
  • Brianna Rodriguez - Desert View High School
  • Daniela Navarro - Sunnyside High School
  • Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School
  • Isabella Espinoza - Desert View High School
  • Natalia Padilla - Sunnyside High School
  • Irais Rios - Desert View High School
  • Mason Prieto - Desert View High School
  • Yaxiri Ortiz - Sunnyside High School
  • Gabriel Carbajal - Sunnyside High School
  • Veronica Lopez - Desert View High School
  • Analecia Ortiz - Desert View High School
  • Izabella Brown - Desert View High School
  • Yasmin Renteria - STAR Academic Center
  • Victoria Balderrama - Sunnyside High School
  • Mario Chavez - Sunnyside High School
  • Cecilia Silva - Desert View High School
  • Alexia Beltran - Sunnyside High School
  • Samantha Rea - Desert View High School
  • Jasmine Solano - Sunnyside High School
  • Victoria Herran - Desert View High School
  • Janiza Ballesteros - Desert View High School
  • Atziry Palomares - Desert View High School
  • Michelle Murguia - Sunnyside High School
  • Jordan Rocha - Sunnyside High School
  • Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School
  • Mariana Barnett Fernandez - Desert View High School
  • Jaylen Pallanes - Desert View High School
  • Rebeca Altamirano - Desert View High School
  • Beatriz Izaguirre - Sunnyside High School
  • Liliana Suarez - Sunnyside High School
  • Paola Estrada - Sunnyside High School
  • Carlos Frias - Sunnyside High School
  • Vanessa Silva - Sunnyside High School