CFSA News Now: Impacting Lives, One Student at a Time

In June 2017, Abigail Pye faced a significant decision concerning her academic future. She hoped to attend Northern Arizona University, but even with the aid offered by the university, including a sizable student loan, she fell short of the amount needed to pay her expenses. She and her mother had examined all her options and saw no further opportunities. Her alternative was to remain in Tucson and begin her studies at Pima Community College. She had reached the decision that she would need to relinquish her dream and turn to her fallback option, when she received a message from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. The message informed her that she had been selected as the Ray Davies Community Services Scholarship recipient. As she relates in her thank you letter to the donor, she was left speechless. “I thought miracles only happened in movies!”

Each year, CFSA awards over 100 scholarships to students in and from Southern Arizona. CFSA’s General Scholarship program provides an opportunity for graduates from Southern Arizona high schools to attend the college that best suits their goals. In 2017-18, 29 students received these scholarships. The Ray Davies Community Services Scholarship, one of the funds that support the general scholarship program, recognizes a student who has exhibited leadership, community service and compassion for others, and who has encouraged mutual respect among diverse groups in the community. Abigail Pye was selected as this year’s recipient based on her activity in positively transforming the climate at her high school.


Abigail has been a ballet dancer since a young age. The demands of dancing had shown her the amazing potential of the human body, as well as the impact of physical activity on the body. As a result, she intends to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Northern Arizona University has an outstanding program in this field, making it her top choice for her studies. She envisions obtaining a doctoral degree in the field and would love to work with dancers in the future.

She recently completed her first semester at NAU, earning strong marks academically while successfully negotiating the transition to college life. She launched a Little Free Library in her dormitory to promote informal reading, learning and sharing among her classmates. Thanks to Ray Davies and other CFSA scholarship donors, Abigail is able to pursue her dream and contribute her skills to society. As a renewable scholarship, she will be able to receive the financial support she needs throughout her undergraduate career. Abigail is one of many students from Southern Arizona whose lives are impacted by the generosity of CFSA’s donors. If you would like to learn more about the scholarships offered by CFSA, or to contribute to one of the scholarship funds, please visit CFSA’s Scholarship page.