Sixteen high school seniors from throughout Arizona have been named winners in the Phoenix Suns Charities’ SunStudents Scholarship program.
Taylor Sanders of Desert Ridge High School was named winner of the Kevin Johnson Scholar Award and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Each of the 15 other students will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The funds can be used to defray educational expenses at any college or university they choose.
The announcement was made at halftime during Monday night’s Suns-Trail Blazers game at US Airways Center.
This season marks the ninth year the Kevin Johnson award has been presented. The scholarship, named for the Suns’ former All-Star point guard Kevin Johnson, was created in recognition of Johnson’s retirement and honors the spirit of learning and community service espoused by Johnson during his tenure with the Phoenix Suns.
“Phoenix Suns Charities’ scholarship committee was overwhelmed by the number of impressive applications we received this year,” said Robin Milne, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities, in a press release. “The 16 recipients have not only displayed stellar academic efforts, but have dedicated countless hours to community service.”
More than 300 applicants from across the state were judged on their community involvement, scholastic performance, letters of recommendation and essays on overcoming adversity.
The 2012 Phoenix Suns Charities SunStudents Scholarship recipients are:
Desert Ridge High School, Kevin Johnson Scholarship winner
Nogales High School
Northwest Christian High School
Sahuaro High School
Basha High School
Marcos de Niza
Pinnacle High School
Pinnacle High School
Dustin Jed Tanada
Williams Field High School
Sunnyslope High School
Horizon High School
Florence High School
St. David High School
Notre Dame Prep Academy
Centennial High School
Hamilton High School
Phoenix Suns Charities makes grants to non-profit organizations that serve children and youth in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, sports and recreation, and rehabilitation. In the 24 years since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated more than 12 million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations and individuals.