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Arvada and Wheat Ridge students who have overcome adversity will be awarded scholarships and grants from the Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth. The 93 students will continue their education at Red Rocks Community College in either vocational or scholastic fields.
Examples of the adversity students have gone through include learning difficulties, physical challenges, emotional, social and academic problems. Fifteen seniors have received scholarships and 35 will be recognized at AWRSAY’s annual awards ceremony April 4 at Pomona High School.
AWRSAY will also recognize 58 sixth- to eleventh-grade students for their perseverance in their studies by awarding them a grant to attend leadership and training programs of their choice offered by the many service organizations who belong to AWRSAY.
A pre-award orientation took place March 5 at Pomona Library. This meeting was attended by parents and students to explain the procedure of the awards ceremony and to answer any questions about the scholarships and grants.
Throughout the year, AWRSAY raises funds through member service club members to finance these scholarships. Besides donations from the clubs, there is also a Get It Done Breakfast each year that members of the communities of Arvada and Wheat Ridge are invited to come together and donate.
AWRSAY exists and functions on contributions. It has no paid staff and 97 percent of the fundraising goes to the students it is trying to help.
The service organizations that are members of AWRSAY are Arvada Clear Creek Optimist, Arvada Jefferson Kiwanis, Arvada Rotary Club, Arvada Sunrise Rotary, Lake Arbor Optimist, Lakeside Kiwanis, Ralston Creek Sertoma, Edgewater Optimist, Wheat Ridge Rotary, Wheat Ridge Kiwanis and Wheat Ridge Optimist.
AWRSAY is also supported by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Arvada and Wheat Ridge businesses, Citizens’ Police Academy Arvada Alumni, City of Arvada, City of Wheat Ridge, Jeffco Public Schools, Jeffco Schools Foundation, Red Rocks Community College, RRCC Foundation and Wheat Ridge Community Foundation.
Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth’s has existed for 16 years and its mission is to facilitate change, ongoing recognition, educational and leadership opportunities for Arvada and Wheat Ridge youth who have overcome adversity.
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