Prescott College campus. (Courtesy)
Originally published Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 06:00a.m.
Prescott College has awarded full tuition scholarships to five students from around the country. The recipients will begin classes this spring semester.
Students were selected based upon their passion and excitement for the mission and programs of Prescott College as demonstrated by their previous experience and commitment to use their degree to address the social, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, or health crises facing communities today. These students come from diverse backgrounds and have taken active leadership roles in their community. They have demonstrated resilience and persistence in their lives, education, and work. “We were inspired by the challenges our fellowship recipients have overcome, and look forward to seeing how they make use of their Prescott College experiences to make meaningful change in their communities,” said David White, Director of Admissions at Prescott College.
The scholarship recipients will be pursuing a wide range of academic degrees. Constance Scott is seeking a bachelor’s degree through the on campus program, with hopes to become an immigration lawyer. Growing up in Missouri, Constance faced many challenges, yet she remained optimistic and persistent. Amber Galusha, of California, is also seeking a bachelor’s degree through the distance learning program. Amber is the first woman in her family to attend college. She is a plant buyer at a flower farm and nursery and has also been developing a horticulture therapy curriculum for at-risk youth.
Mackenzie Packard is another recipient. She is a high school teacher at an alternative school serving approximately 200 students who overwhelmingly face poverty, gang violence, and inequality in Denver’s public school system. As a devoted advocate for underserved children, Mackenzie hopes to create change in Denver’s schools through her graduate studies in Social Justice and Community Organizing at Prescott College.
Keila Martinez is a first generation college student living in Tucson. Her work background in social services has reinforced her decision to be an advocate for children needing guidance. As a teacher, she has witnessed first-hand high school students needing direction in pursuit of a higher education. She is seeking her graduate degree in School Counseling so that she can make a difference in children’s lives.
Brian McArthur splits his time between Maryland and Bolivia. He is the founder of an adventure therapy non-profit that has established 50 adventure therapy camps for at-risk youth in Bolivia. During his studies in the graduate counseling program, Brian seeks to expand his expertise in adventure education and clinical mental health to support at-risk youth.