Arcadia students receive Scottsdale Charro Foundation Future Teacher Scholarships

SONY DSCA career in education can be a transformative endeavor.

The development of the abilities to understand, evaluate and innovate are often skills many of us develop in a classroom before we are able to apply them to real-world scenarios.

Sometimes those abilities change the world around us, but without an engaged and thoughtful educator along the way those intellectual sparks sometimes don’t catch fire.

Two Arcadia High School students — Olivia Emele and Josephine Alexander-Cooper — say they intend to help stoke the intellectual fires of future generations.

Josie Alexander-Cooper

Josephine Alexander-Cooper

The Scottsdale Charros have offered an avenue to make those intentions a reality while encouraging the aspiring teachers to return to Scottsdale Schools once they complete their degrees at Northern Arizona University.

The Charro Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship, which both students have been awarded, was established as a means to encourage SUSD seniors to pursue a career in teaching.

“The reason I chose to become a teacher was because I wanted to help people and becoming a teacher and helping educate was the best way to do that for me,” said Ms. Alexander-Cooper. “The Charros scholarship will help me achieve this by assisting me in going to NAU and being able to focus on my school and future career and students instead of trying to find the money to pay for the education I’m currently receiving.”

Ms. Emele says she intends to instill the same inspiration in her future students that has been provided to her over education experience.

“I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in teaching, I have had the most wonderful teachers that have encouraged and inspired me,” she said. “I am not sure what school district I will end up in, but it would be great to teach in some of the schools I’ve attended, so if the opportunity arises I would love it.”

Olivia Emele

Olivia Emele

Ms. Emele says education can be a keystone to unlocking hidden potential.

“Without education you can’t nurture the next generation and inspire them to succeed in their dreams.” she said.

Both students will receive $5,000 scholarships due to their demonstration of outstanding achievement in academic and non-academic activities during their high school years.

The scholarship is renewable annually for three additional consecutive years (awarding $20,000 total per scholarship). Scholarship funds will be awarded in July 2015.

Tom and Michelle Emele say The Charro Foundation is making it possible for their daughter to achieve her educational and professional aspirations.

“Tom and myself couldn’t be any more thrilled and proud about our daughter receiving the Charros education scholarship,” said Mrs. Emele. “We are happy to know that Olivia has chosen a field that is not only honorable but will give back to the community. We are also grateful that there are foundations like Charros that support our children to meet their dreams.”

Rick Carpinelli, a Scottsdale Charro and the organization’s scholarship chairman, says while pouring over the applications, he was extremely impressed with Ms. Emele and Ms. Alexander-Cooper’s hard work and dedication throughout their years at Arcadia.

“From each of their applications you know they worked hard for years to accomplish their high GPAs, their quality reviews from their teachers and their involvement with extracurricular activities,” he said of this year’s applicants. “These recipients have truly earned the scholarships and the Charros are honored to be part of these future teachers’ journeys.”

An investment in education, is an investment in the future, Mr. Carpinelli contends.

“Our schools educate and care for our children. These children become our future residents, business owners and civic leaders,” he said. “Smart, educated, healthy children and families provide for a quality living environment.  These attributes support our communities’ real estate values and quality of life.”

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