Student Spotlights

Jonah and Liam Parnaby
January 10, 2016

Ori Parnaby was searching for a school for her two sons, Jonah and Liam. As an alumni of Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) Ori was drawn to the small class sizes, community feel and parent involvement the academy offers—she knew immediately this was the perfect fit for her boys. Along with the academic programs, THA surrounds […]


Isaac Gomez
November 15, 2015

Here is a story about Isaac Gomez, an eighth grade student at Imago Dei Middle School. With his mother’s encouragement he chose to attend Imago Dei because it provides focused one-on-one attention with the students. In public school Isaac stayed the course and ran under the radar. Now at Imago Dei, he is challenged—there is […]


Mireya Iglesias
May 3, 2015

Mireya Iglesias Ayala is a Senior at San Miguel High School.  She just recently accepted a full ride scholarship to Georgetown University in Washington, DC where she plans to major in Business. This is especially exciting considering she will be the first person in her family to go to college. During her time at San […]


Eilan DuToit
April 1, 2015

This month our featured student is Eilan DuToit. Eilan is a Junior and has attended Salpointe Catholic High School since she was a Freshmen.  She is actively involved in the school through National Honor Society, the drumline and the Salpointe Ambassador program. Through the National Honor Society, Eilan is the Community Service Coordinator, where she […]


Kwame “KJ” Hymes
March 2, 2015

Saint Mary’s Catholic High School 9th Grade My name is KJ Hymes and I am a freshman at St. Mary’s Catholic High School.  I chose to attend St. Mary’s because of the strong academic focus, as well as the excellent sports program.  At St. Mary’s, I have an opportunity to be part of a tradition […]


Yolanda Perez
January 1, 2015

Yuma Catholic High School Grade: 12th GPA: 3.9 (unweighted) / 4.6 (weighted) A little about me: I see myself becoming a pharmacist and working with people to help the well-being of my community. I have always been interested in the medical field, but I am also surrounded by family members that have all motivated me to […]


Noel N.
November 1, 2014

San Miguel High School Class of 2015 As a young child, I always felt I was destined for great struggle and little triumph.  I grew up in a small,  two bedroom trailer with five other people.  I was raised by my single mother. As an elementary school student , I was picked on for my […]


The Vibal Family
September 1, 2014

Ludell and Natalie Vibal have 7 beautiful children. Ludell is a Captain in the US Air Force. Ludell was originally stationed in Vandenberg, CA and was re-stationed to Arizona in 2013. Our nation’s military proudly serves our country but often we forget the sacrifices that not only these active duty members make, but also their […]


Mintesinot Cheney
May 1, 2014

As school lets out for the summer, we at the Arizona Leadership Foundation would like to share a very touching story from one of our families. This story truly reminds us that providing scholarships to students, can bring about remarkable education success stories – the appropriate school environment can be life changing!   A Mother’s […]


Riley Matulewic
March 1, 2014

Riley Matulewic is a junior at St. Gregory College Preparatory School. She began attending St. Gregory as a freshman in high school. Her younger sister, Remy, started school at St. Gregory in 6th grade and Riley decided that she wanted to have the same wonderful opportunity as her sister. Riley’s mother is a widow who […]



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