Scottsdale Charros offer unique scholarship for local prospective educators

Paul Ferrero, at right, with then-Patron of the Scottsdale Charros Dennis Robbins when he was awarded the Future Teacher Scholarship in 2003. (Submitted photo)

Paul Ferrero, at right, with then-Patron of the Scottsdale Charros Dennis Robbins when he was awarded the Future Teacher Scholarship in 2003. (Submitted photo)

We’ve all heard of the student becoming the master.

And one Scottsdale principal is encouraging — with the help of a scholarship provided by local nonprofit the Scottsdale Charros — more students to do exactly that.

Paul Ferrero attended Scottsdale Schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. He was a football star and math whiz who enjoyed tutoring younger students during his junior and senior years.

Like most high school students, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do with his life after graduation. A teacher suggested he apply for the Future Teacher Scholarship offered by nonprofit Scottsdale Charros. In 2003, he won it.

Mr. Ferrero didn’t have to worry about books, tuition or room and board as he attended Arizona State University. All he had to do was keep his grades up and consider teaching in the Scottsdale Unified School District one day.

He worked elsewhere in the Valley for the first five years of his career, but when a position opened at Coronado High School — the SUSD’s only Title 1 school — he knew it was time to move back.

Now the assistant principal for the school, Mr. Ferrero urges other promising students to follow in his footsteps.
A Coronado senior — now an ASU student — just won the same scholarship Mr. Ferrero did 12 years prior, and he says other students within the district are being encouraged to apply this year.

The current round of scholarship applications are due by the end of this month and to learn more, go to http://charros.com/education-inititiatives/future-teacher-scholarships/

Editor’s note: Ms. Ventura is a public relations professional

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