The Junior Statesmen of America is proud to announce that the Arizona-based Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded JSA Arizona (JSAZ) an $80,000 grant for school year 2016-2017. This is the 9 th straight year that the MSRF has provided funding for Junior State programs in Arizona.
The grant supports civic engagement and leadership programs for high school students across the state. Yuma High School Senior, Gaby Tumbaga is an active member and leader in the JSAZ program.
With support from the MSRF grant Tumbaga was able to attend JSA’s intensive, 4-week summer program at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Tumbaga would not have been able to attend without MSRF scholarship support.
According to Tumbaga,“JSA definitely prepared me for my senior year and beginning to apply for colleges. This was the first time I really thought I had a chance at attending and succeeding in a university.”
JSAZ Program Director Stuart Luther reports that, “The support from the MSRF has been pivotal in the development in of hundreds of young leaders in Arizona.” Luther went on to say that he sees an impact beyond the student participants in JSAZ.
He sees changes in the civic behavior of teachers, siblings and family members of the JSAZ participants. In this way MSRF funding is reaching into the very fabric of the civic life of Arizona. Luther, continued by saying, “Everyday in my role I am inspired by JSAZ students who have had the opportunity to seek their full potential – an opportunity that would not be possible without MSRF financial assistance. The MSRF grant allows the Junior State to provide programs in Arizona to interested students, regardless of socioeconomic status.”
The Junior State is grateful for MSRF’s long-term support of JSA’s programs in Arizona and looks forward to what the two organizations can achieve together in the future.