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Community Celebrating Diversity Announces Youth Scholarship Recipients

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May 29, 2018
May 21, 2018
Contact: Peter Rusin, Community Celebrating Diversity, 480-312-1995
Community Celebrating Diversity announces youth scholarship recipients

Two graduating high school seniors were recently named recipients of $2,500 Scottsdale Community Collaborative Youth Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.
The 2018 Community Youth Scholars are Desert Mountain High School graduates Maheeyah Mukarram and Analisa Peterson.

Maheeyah Mukarram is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School, ranking in the top 13 percent of her class. Her commitment to service is evident through her work with various causes, including Lighthouse for Hope, Audrey’s Angels, HonorHealth’s Teen Volunteer program and extensive work with refuge programs.  Maheeyah has volunteered more than 250 hours with the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley where she led service activities for youth and supported a refuge outreach program. In 2016, Maheeyah founded and became the president of The Outreach Program, a student-lead Desert Mountain club focused on providing aid to refugees in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Maheeyah will attend Arizona State University and major in psychology.

​Analisa Peterson is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School where she excelled in academics, volunteerism and art. Her coursework included several AP and Honors classes and electives in both visual and performing arts.  As a sculpture student, she was selected for Scottsdale Arts’ Visions program twice. Her service to the Scottsdale community includes work with the elderly through Scottsdale’s SMART program and with youth through her job at the Jewish Community Center. Analisa was a member of Desert Mountain’s Art Club and served as president of the Advanced Leadership Club. Analisa will attend Northern Arizona University where she plans to pursue a biology degree with a minor in forensics.

Since 2007, the Scottsdale Community Collaborative Youth Scholarship Program has made 35 scholarships and provided $86,500 in educational support to students participating in a diverse range of studies, including architecture, biomedical sciences, engineering and finance. The program awards $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who enroll for study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in Arizona.

Scholarships are awarded based upon several criteria, including academic performance, demonstrated leadership, community service in Scottsdale, financial need and an essay on a diversity-related topic.

The scholarship program is funded by the corporate sponsors of Scottsdale’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, and  Community Celebrating Diversity

Community Celebrating Diversity, a Scottsdale-based 501 (c) 3, sponsors this and other educational activities to celebrate and create a greater awareness of our community’s diversity.