John and Mary Lou Smith (left) are the names behind a scholarship facilitated by Maricopa Community Foundation and this year presented to (top) A'Shayla Anderson, Jiselle Diaz, (center) Kanthikan Kanjana, (bottom) Breanna Fitch and Regan Elsberry.

Thanks to the generosity of one local family, the Maricopa Community Foundation has awarded $12,500 in scholarships for 2020 to seniors who live in Maricopa.

This year, five individuals have been awarded the John E. and Mary Lou Smith Scholarship, facilitated by the Maricopa Community Foundation.  Each scholarship awarded is for $2,500 and will help the following students reach their goals of higher education at colleges and universities of their choice:

  • Ashayla Anderson, a Mountain Pointe High School senior who will be attending Northern Arizona University
  • Jiselle Diaz, a Desert Vista senior who will be attending Central Arizona College
  • Regan Elsberry, Maricopa High School senior who will be attending Brigham Young University
  • Breanna Fitch, Maricopa High School senior who will be attending Northern Arizona University
  • Kanthikan Kanjana, Maricopa High School senior who will be attending Arizona State University

John and Mary Lou Smith, longtime residents of Maricopa provided funds to establish a scholarship fund in their name.  When the State of Arizona purchased the property that was Rotary Park, the Smiths donated a portion of the money from the sale to start the scholarship program.  Both of the Smiths have been involved in the development of Maricopa for a number of decades.  Mary Lou was a key figure in the development of the present library and supporter of the building of the new library.  We all owe the Smith’s a big thank you for their continued support of our youth in the community.

Foundation Board President Courtny Tyler said, “Now that the Foundation is organized, we are excited to be able to work with other community members who are interested in establishing endowments. Scholarships continue to make a difference in the lives of students and families in our community today and for generations to come.”

Congratulations to all of the Maricopa Community Foundation’s 2020 “John E. and Mary Lou Smith Scholarship” recipients.



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