The Dorrance Merit Scholarship was established by Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance at the Arizona Community Foundation in June of 1999. The original gift supported 10 Arizona public university students. Twelve years later, the Dorrance Family Foundation sustains four distinct scholarship programs. What is now known as the Dorrance Scholarship Programs supports as many as 150 recipients at Arizona’s three public universities and at South Mountain Community College. The generosity and foresight of the Dorrances have made the scholarship one of the most influential, privately-funded educational initiatives in the state. The Dorrances’ scholarship is a model for educational philanthropy and is a signature program at the Arizona Community Foundation. In 2012, scholarships were offered to Big Island high school graduates who will attend the University of Hawai’i-Hilo.
The Dorrance Scholarship for first-generation students is a need-based award providing financial and academic support for Hawaii (Big Island only) high school graduates pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The award is renewable for a total of eight semesters (four years) of funding. Scholarships are renewed based on academic standing, participation in program events and activities and community service projects.
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