FH Sister Cities Provides Student Scholarships


Fountain Hills Sister Cities Donates Two $1000 Scholarships To Local Students Pursuing International Studies......

FH Sister Cities keeps with tradition, and participates again this year, by helping local students achieve their educational dreams. In cooperation with the Golden Eagle Foundation, Sister Cities gave $1000 scholarships each to two deserving students likely pursuing international studies. The scholarships are provided to students exhibiting leadership qualities with an emphasis on citizen diplomacy, the hallmark of Sister Cities. FH Sister Cities wishes to thank Marcia Hoenle with the Golden Eagle Foundation for coordinating this annual event. It was held May 8th at the FH Community Center, and was attended by many like-minded local philanthropic organizations.

The Foundation's Activities......

The Golden Eagle Foundation of Fountain Hills helps advance students by providing an enriched learning experience. They assist in developing students’ academic and leadership promise by reducing financial barriers.

The Golden Eagle Foundation also focusses on many vital aspects of the educational process:

First, appreciating outstanding teachers and staff with recognition each year for contributions to the Fountain Hills education community. 

Second, charitable giving of over $49,000 in financial support to teachers and classrooms to fund materials, projects, and special events impacting more than 10,000 students.

Third, providing over $750,000 in scholarships from local individuals, organizations, and businesses awarded to graduating seniors.

Fourth, individual mentoring, with over 1600 student’s academic outcomes improved since program inception.

The Student Recipients......

Brendan Davies (left), Christine Colley (president of FH Sister Cities, center), Emerson Uphoff (right)
Brendan Davies

Brendan Davies is a Fountain Hills native and has accrued 220 hours of community service. He is currently a National Honor Society officer, is a prior Key Club member, and accrued many hours volunteering at Honor Health Shea. His supervisor at Honor Health states, “He was a quick study and excelled at becoming a leader for new volunteers.” Being a tri-sport athlete competing in swim, soccer and track has kept him very active. He served as soccer captain for two years and swim team captain for one. He is also a busser at the All American Grill.

Family connections have inspired his interest in the medical field, and in particularly neuroscience. Considering his three years of foreign language and his desire to study Neuroscience, there is a pretty good chance he will be spending some time studying internationally. He will be attending the University of Washington, and received the FHSC scholarship for Foreign Languages.

Emerson Uphoff

Emerson Uphoff is a student who has been devoted to service for most of her life. She has been volunteering for her church, Kiwanis Club, Student Government, town events, the drug prevention coalition, and much more. She leads with ease and a sense of well thought-out priorities. Working with Fountain Hills Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Fountain Hills High School student government, she has helped spread awareness of the harmful effects and consequences of drugs and alcohol. That wasn’t enough, so she helped to spearhead student’s taking an active role by asking them to sign a pledge to stay drug and alcohol free the night of prom and every day.

Her leadership skills are a positive attribute that will help her make positive changes throughout her life. She will be attending ASU at Barret Honors College with the intent to pursue a degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She received the FHSC scholarship for International Leadership.

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