The Robson Ranch Arizona Ladies Social Club is a charitable organization for women organized in 2007 here at the Ranch. It was founded on three principles: Charity, Friendship and Education. In 2010 The Robson Ranch Arizona Ladies Social Club Book Scholarship became an important part of the organization and exemplifies its continuing dedication to charitable giving and education.
The scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors who are residents of Eloy and who will be attending an Arizona accredited university or two-year college offering an Associate Degree. The value of each scholarship is $1,000 and must be used for the purchase of books. The primary criteria for the scholarships are academic achievement, financial need and Eloy, Arizona residency.
A committee of readers carefully read the scholarship applications that are received and choose those students whom they feel are most deserving. The readers this year were Linda Gayer, Barb Sewell and Jill Lui.
This year on May 11 in the Hermosa Ballroom, the 2016 scholarships were awarded to four graduates of Santa Cruz Valley Union High School in Eloy. The recipients were Hector Hermosillo, Jr., Yulisa Olvera and Yahira Ortega all of whom will be attending Central Arizona College and Arilena Martinez who will attend Mesa Community College. In attendance at this awards luncheon were Orenté Jenkins, Principal of SCVUHS, Frank Jiménez, Guidance Department Head, Terri Ackland, Academic Dean at CAC and parents and relatives of the recipients.
Mary Lynn Morin, founder and chairperson on the RRLSC Book Scholarships, introduced the honored guests and announced the recipients who were awarded their scholarship certificates by Geri Nagy, co-chair of the RRLSC and Barb Crawford, secretary.
Over the past six years over $21,000 has been awarded to 21 bright, determined young people who have found academic success and a path to a brighter future through these scholarships. These scholarships are funded by money raised through such activities as cookbook sales, calendar sales and through this year’s La Fiesta! held in the Hermosa Ballroom. If you attended this event or purchased a calendar or cookbook in the past, you helped fund these scholarships. If you did not participate, consider doing so in the future. This is a charity where you can see, up close and personal, exactly who you are helping and where your money is going.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin