Every year, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona awards more than $350,000 in scholarships to students in Southern Arizona.
Two of the scholarships are the Mrs. Rosa Louise Parks Scholarship and the Ray Davies Community Services Scholarship.
Sarah Erickson, the recipient of the Ray Davies Community Services Scholarship this year, and Dylan Carey, the recipient of the
Mrs. Rosa Louise Parks Scholarship, were honored by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the City of Tucson at the Mayor and Council meeting on August 5.
They each received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor and a signed copy of Rosa Park’s biography from the Human Relations Commission (HRC).
The Mrs. Rosa Louise Parks Scholarship was established at CFSA in 1991 and has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships. During her visit to Tucson, the then chair of the Human Relations Commission, Ray Davies, approached Mrs. Parks with the idea of the HRC establishing a fund named in her honor. It is the one of two Mrs. Rosa Louise Parks Scholarships in the country, the other scholarship is offered through her Detroit Foundation.
The scholarship was established by action of the Tucson Mayor and Council to authorize the Human Relations Commission to sponsor the scholarship to recognize student volunteer activities. Both recipients were selected for their pursuit of higher education and community service.
As Sarah Erickson heads into her junior year at the University of Arizona, majoring in Linguistics she shares “For me, language is the door to understanding new cultures, new people, and new perspectives. By learning about language, I am giving myself the tools I will need to build bridges between new peoples and myself. I hope to pursue a position in translation, I feel this is a wonderful way to spend my life, giving help to people who may otherwise lack the most basic of our human skills; communication. I could also see myself pursuing a diplomacy career further on in my future.”
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