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  • COVID-19 Does Not Keep Non-profit College Bound AZ form Its Noble Work

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    June 16, 2020

    Mesa, Ariz (June 15, 2020)

    Challenges presented by COVID-19 in our state also effect the work of non-profits, but it has not deterred one organization from its mission of helping aspiring underrepresented youth go to college.   “The community still needs our support and we continue to deliver,” said Carol Lain, Board President of College Bound AZ. College Bound AZ will celebrate $4 million in financial awards from Arizona State University (ASU) for its 54 2020 RISE Scholars and other successes at a fundraising Gala and Masquerade Ball scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West. Funds will be used to safely conduct next year’s programs and to continue to provide laptops that enable student participation.

     Established in 2010, College Bound AZ has served more than 3,000 underrepresented students.  A partnership with Arizona State University (ASU), Sequoia Charter School and the East Valley Institute of Technology’s (EVIT) two Mesa campuses features College Bound AZ's RISE Scholars program and continues to attract larger numbers of seniors.  

     In 2019, 24 seniors transitioned through the RISE Scholars program into ASU and received four years paid tuition and fees.  In 2020 the number more than doubled with 54 low income seniors poised to start their freshmen year as ASU's Class of 2024.  EVIT Superintendent Chad Wilson stated the accomplishment was "… really impressive and such a good thing for kids.  These youth would not get to college without the help of College Bound AZ."

    The state’s education system underwent dramatic changes in the face of COVID-19.  "COVID-19 changed forever the way we support students going to college," said College Bound AZ's Executive Director Elizabeth Paulus. "In order to ensure our students’, staff, and volunteers’ safety we reduced the number of students who meet together for our workshops, we now provide everyone masks and hand sanitizer, sanitize our equipment, conduct virtual meetings, and  we delivered laptops to students’ homes for them to complete the college admissions process in safety online. They are taking the laptops with them to college, providing them an additional and valuable resource to ensure their success."

    Students are expected to return to school for the fall semester as Arizona starts to open for business again.  The 10th Anniversary Fundraising Gala and Masquerade Ball is an opportunity to raise money to continue to support the organization’s efforts.  College Bound AZ is excited to showcase to the community the educational supports and benefits for underrepresented students College Bound AZ provides to students to further the success of our future generations through education. Tickets to the event will be available online July 1, 2020 at collegeboundaz.org/events


    About College Bound AZ
    Founded in 2010, College Bound AZ is a nonprofit community resource that shares the journey to college with aspiring under-represented students through mentorship, guidance, and support systems for their advancement to a better future through education. College Bound AZ serves under-represented students in the East Valley in grades eight through 12 and in college, serving nearly 1,000 students through its junior high, high school and college programs. College Bound AZ is a Certified Autism Center and a Qualifying Charitable Organization, QCO Code 22096. Arizona income tax credit up to $800 is available for individuals who make cash contributions.  For more information visit www.collegeboundaz.org.                                                                                                        Contact: Elizabeth Paulus
    Executive Director

    Liz Paulus, Executive Director
    (602) 550-3161