Milne said her job is “a dream” because she can combine her passion for sports and philanthropy. Milne works with the organization’s board of directors to raise and grant more than $1 million annually to programs in the areas of education, health, human services, the arts, rehabilitation, sports and recreation.
Surprising fact: “In college, I was a ‘lock’ on the scrum of a women’s rugby club. We were the Phoenix ‘Squash Blossoms‘ — our name said it all.”
Biggest challenge: “The organization took on a first-time initiative to ‘adopt’ Central High, in an effort to significantly increase graduation rates. We brought in ASU Teacher’s College’s iTeach AZ graduating teachers to mentor Central High teachers and its students to deliver that individual attention needed.”
Sixteen high school seniors from throughout Arizona have been named winners in the Phoenix Suns Charities’ SunStudents Scholarship program. Fifteen of the students will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be used for educational expenses at the college or university of their choice.
In addition, Taylor Sanders of Desert Ridge High School was named winner of the Kevin Johnson Scholar Award and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The announcement was made at halftime during tonight’s (Monday, April 16) Suns-Trail Blazers game at US Airways Center.
The scholarship, named for the Suns’ former All-Star point guard Kevin Johnson, was created in recognition of Johnson’s retirement and honors the spirit of learning and community service espoused by Johnson during his tenure with the Phoenix Suns. This season marks the ninth year the Kevin Johnson award has been presented.
“Phoenix Suns Charities’ scholarship committee was overwhelmed by the number of impressive applications we received this year,” said Robin Milne, Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “The sixteen recipients have displayed not only stellar academic efforts, but have dedicated countless hours to community service.”
More than 300 applicants from across the state were judged on their community involvement, scholastic performance, letters of recommendation and an essay on overcoming adversity.
The 2012 Phoenix Suns Charities SunStudents Scholarship recipients are:
Taylor Sanders, Desert Ridge High School, Kevin Johnson Scholarship winner