Boys Hope Girls Hope Arizona has received a $125K grant from Scottsdale-based organization The Saguaros to support their residential scholarship program, a program for Phoenix high school students that covers housing plus tuition and expenses for attending college preparatory schools, followed by a four-year college education.
Those selected to participate in this competitive program live together in residential homes in central Phoenix. The Saguaros grant funding goes towards The Saguaros Scholarship Fund, which helps cover costs for the BHGHAZ scholars’ food, uniforms, clothing, and extracurricular activities, according to a press release.
In each Boys Hope Girls Hope home, eight scholars are cared for by live-in, round-the-clock professional residential counselors. Scholars share chores, do homework together, eat, and grow up together.
Academic growth and whole-person development are the program focus: residential scholars are enrolled in college-preparatory programs at top-rated area schools; scholars are matched with tutors who help them reach their academic potential and mentors who share their life experience; they are enrolled in extracurricular activities designed to help them discover themselves and the world around them; and they engage in community service projects that teach them the value of living a life committed to serving others.
“Boys Hope Girls Hope is an incredible program,” said The Saguaros Charities Chair, Trent Hancock. “Participants are primarily low-income, first-generation college goers. The key to a successful future is education, and for many families it’s extremely difficult to navigate the route to college. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona makes the dream of college a reality, and they do it with an incredible amount of dedication and care.”
The Saguaros is one of the top supporters of BHGHAZ, with grant support totaling nearly $1.5 million over the past 23 years.
“Support like this is critical for our organization,” said BHGHAZ Executive Director Amy Pfeifer. “We rely on the community for donations, and without dedicated partners like The Saguaros, we wouldn’t be able to help the number of students that we do. In addition to financial support, The Saguaros have also been involved with so many creative events, whether it’s cooking burgers, judging Halloween contests, or just spending time chatting with the students. They give our scholars great examples of living a successful life that includes giving back to others.”
Those interested in learning more are invited to visit bhghaz.org.