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Helios Education Foundation RNY Scholarship now open

Families across Yuma County may have seen the past two years of surprise scholarship presentations to Yuma Union High School District seniors. On Jan. 1, 2021, the YUHSD Class of 2021 will get their chance at the potentially life-changing surprise when the Helios Education Foundation Ready Now Yuma Scholarship application opens.

The scholarship, which is exclusively available to one student at each of the six YUHSD campuses, is worth up to $15,000 per year and is renewable up to three additional years.

The program supports seniors with financial need attending an accredited post-secondary institution and pursuing any field of study. Students must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university and pursuing a 4-year degree. This scholarship is renewable if students are in good standing and maintain the required GPA.

For more information and to fill out the required application on Jan. 1, students are encouraged to visit:

This is the third year of the scholarship program, which has awarded up to $720,000 in scholarships to YUHSD students during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Here are the previous scholars: 


Serena Felix, Cibola High School, Northern Arizona University
Adrian Hernandez, Gila Ridge High School, Arizona State University
William Krueger, Kofa High School, Grand Canyon University
Naiara Avila, San Luis High School, Northern Arizona University
Iris Binuya, Vista High School, Arizona Western College
Caroline Martinez, Yuma High School, Northern Arizona University


Karen Campa, Cibola High School, University of Arizona
Julieta Taraborrelli, Gila Ridge High School, University of Arizona;
Epiphany Jones, Kofa High School, Arizona State University;
Fransheska Salgado, San Luis High School, Arizona State University;
Lesley Barajas, Vista High School, Northern Arizona University
Anthony Nunez Romero, Yuma High School, University of Arizona.

As part of the awarding of the scholarship, YUHSD and Helios have partnered to surprise students. To see the recorded surprises, visit YUHSD’s official YouTube channel or click the following links. 2018-19: or 2019-20:

More about Ready Now Yuma: 

Ready Now Yuma is a unique, student-centered initiative of YUHSD and Helios Education Foundation with the goals of: Graduating every YUHSD student prepared to succeed in college and career; Embedding a high-expectations, college-going culture within the district; and Increasing the number of students entering and succeeding in postsecondary education including career and technical education, community college, and university.

The initiative provides YUHSD students with a rigorous, high-expectations program of study within a college-going environment. Regardless of past academic performance or post-high school aspirations, Ready Now Yuma is designed to challenge and support every student on the path to college, career, and community readiness.

About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. The Foundation’s work is driven by four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity, and Partnership.  Helios invests in programs and initiatives across the full education continuum – from early grade success through postsecondary education.  In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students - especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities - for success.  Through Helios’ Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, the Foundation is helping first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students from the state's large population centers of Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay achieve a postsecondary education. 
Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $242 million in education programs and initiatives in both states. To learn more about Helios, visit

Eric Patten