Two Arcadia High School students receive diversity scholarship

Two recently graduated Arcadia High School students received the Community Celebrating Diversity Scholarship, worth $2,500 each, toward their college education.

Patterson-Gonzales

Ariel Patterson-Gonzales

Ariel Patterson-Gonzales and Kelly Rice were awarded the scholarship for their demonstrated academic achievements and community service. Each also had to write an essay to apply for the scholarship.

Ms. Patterson-Gonzales plans to study chemical engineering at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in fall 2015, according to a press release. She was president and founder of Arcadia’s Feminist Club, vice president of the Chemistry Club and active in Green Club.

She has volunteered with the Governor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families and UMOM, where she organized birthday parties for disadvantaged children and helped families move into safe apartments.

Ms. Rice plans to study biological sciences and wants to pursue a career in the medical profession, according to the release. At Arcadia, she was vice president of the National Honor Society and president of the National Art Honor Society, through which she volunteered for an art scavenger hunt with the charity Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.

Ms. Rice also founded the Speech and Debate team at Arcadia during her junior year and served as president. She has also volunteered 0617Ns Education (Rice)outside of school with St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Aguila Youth Leadership Institute, which focuses on paying it forward through education.

Community Celebrating Diversity, the organization that awards the scholarship, is a nonprofit based in Scottsdale that sponsors educational and community events to celebrate and increase awareness of the community’s diversity, according to the release.

The scholarship recipients are selected based on the combination of criteria, including financial need, community service, academic performance, leadership and the required essay. They must also be full-time Arizona residents, citizens of the U.S. or provide evidence of permanent residency, have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 and rank among the top 25 percent of their senior class, according to the release.

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