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Anna Han, performing in the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Competition Winners Concert at the Musical Instrument Museum. Photo by Vickilyn Hussey.

Arizona Musicfest announces scholarship winner

The newest recipient of The Arizona Musicfest Scholarship is Anna Han, pianist, from Chandler, Arizona. Han will attend The Juilliard School (at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City).

“Over the past number of years, I have been lucky to experience firsthand Arizona Musicfest’s strong commitment to encouraging aspiring musicians to pursue their dreams and grow as artists,” said Han.

“I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the Arizona Musicfest scholarship award, and by extension, their continued support as I venture into what will likely be a pivotal period of development.”

Anna_HanA frequent participant in Arizona Musicfest Competitions, Han is the recent First Place winner of the 2014 Arizona Musicfest Young Musician’s Competition (Division Three, Grades 11 & 12). She has previously performed as a soloist with the Chandler Symphony, West Valley Symphony, Verde Valley Sinfonietta, MusicaNova Symphony Orchestra, as well as twice with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Performances outside Arizona include appearances at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., SubCulture New York, New World Center in Miami and the Lied Center of Kansas. She has given solo performances at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago and for PianoWorks in New London, Connecticut. An alumnus of the National Public Radio show, From the Top, she was also awarded a 2013 Silver Award by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Han joins bassoonist Dana Brink (2013/2014 Scholarship recipient), violinist Jeanelle Brierley (2012/2013 Scholarship recipient), pianist Evan Pensis (2012/2013 Scholarship recipient), and pianist Karen Nguyen (2011/2012 Scholarship recipient), all of whom were awarded renewal scholarships this year (2014/2015).

“It was my honor to be the coordinator of the very discerning group of decision makers who reviewed applications, performance demonstration materials, and the letters of recommendation,” commented Ann Wallenmeyer-Krahman, Arizona Musicfest Scholarship Committee Coordinator. “While all the applicants were highly qualified, after careful deliberation, the judges were unanimous in their selection of Ms. Han.”

Described by The Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted… a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years,” eighteen-year-old Han of Chandler, Arizona, started taking piano lessons with her current teacher, Fei Xu, at New Century Conservatory at age five. When she was eleven, she became the national first place winner of the 2007 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition. Since then she has won a number of prestigious international piano competitions, including the first prize of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, the first prize of the 2011 New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, and the first prizes of both the 2011 and 2008 IIYM (International Institute for Young Musicians) International Piano Competitions.

Han made her orchestral debut with the Chandler Symphony at age 11, performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. She has also performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the West Valley Symphony, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, and Saint- Saëns’ Africa Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with the MusicaNova Symphony Orchestra. She has soloed twice with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3.

Han has performed in such venues as the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., SubCulture New York, New World Center in Miami, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Theatre Lawrence, Mesa Center for the Arts, Phoenix Symphony Hall, Temple Emanu-El in New York City, and the Lied Center of Kansas. She has given solo performances at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago and for PianoWorks in New London, Connecticut. An alumnus of the National Public Radio show, From the Top, she was also awarded a 2013 Silver Award by the National YoungArts Foundation.

The Arizona Musicfest Scholarship is awarded annually in May to highly qualified young musicians who excel at their instrument and are pursuing a college-level education with the goal of establishing a full or part-time career in classical music performance.

Future of Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Microchip Announces FIRST Robotics results

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the results of the 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Arizona Regional, held March 22-23, 2013 in Chandler.

Phoenix’s Carl Hayden High School; Tempe Preparatory Academy, Tempe; and Buena High School, Sierra Vista qualified to compete in the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 25-27, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. Kingman High School/Kingman Academy of Learning, Kingman; Yuma High School, Yuma; and Rockwell-Collins & Escondido Charter High School, Escondido, Calif. were Regional Finalists.  Students had six weeks to build a robot capable of competing in this year’s competition, the game called Ultimate AscentSM, where teams joined forces to fling saucer-like discs through various slots during several two-minute and fifteen-second matches.  Extra points were scored for robots that could hang from a 10 foot tower in the final seconds of the match.  Any student participating on a FIRSTteam is eligible to apply for more than $16 million in scholarships.

“The engineering challenge presented by FIRST to build a functioning robot that must accomplish specific tasks inspires students to find creative solutions using math, science and engineering, while adhering to strict deadlines.  Working with industry mentors, students learn marketable skills such as working on a team, critical thinking, marketing and problem solving, while having fun at the same time,” said Steve Sanghi, president and CEO of Microchip Technology, co-chair of the FIRST Arizona Regional Planning Committee, FIRST sponsor and member of the FIRST Board of Directors.

Chandler, Ariz.-based Microchip Technology is the organizing sponsor of the FRC Arizona Regional.  Fifty high-school robotics teams competed in the 2013 FRC AZ Regional, including 44 teams from Arizona, three from New Mexico, two from California and one from Mexico.  AZFirst, a non-profit organization, awarded the Steve Sanghi Scholarship to Bianca Rodriquez, a senior at Carl Hayden High School, Phoenix, AZ.  Funded by Steve and Maria Sanghi, this scholarship totals $16,000 over four years, and is awarded to an outstanding FIRST participant who intends to pursue a college degree in science, technology, engineering or math.  Coconino High School won the Regional Chairman’s Award, which recognizes the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.  Christine Sapio, teacher at Coconino High School, Flagstaff, a FTC (FIRST Technical Competition) Affiliate Partner, received the “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” award for her success in growing the FTC robotics program for middle-school and high-school students.

Additionally, Dave Thompson, FIRST coach at Coconino High School, received the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which recognizes a teacher or engineer who demonstrates excellence in teaching science, math and creative design.  Chris Brandt from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale was awarded the “Arizona Teacher of the Year,” based upon an essay written by his students.

Generous supporters of the 2013 FRC Arizona Regional included Organizing Sponsor Microchip Technology; Leader in Technology Sponsor Microchip Technology Employees; and Captain of Innovation Sponsors Army ROTC, Avnet, Craig and Barbara Barrett, Medtronic Foundation, Microchip Technology and Wells Fargo.  Friends of the Future Sponsors included Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Go Daddy, ON Semiconductor, and Steve and Maria Sanghi.  Regional Fan Sponsors included Chase Giving Foundation and Wishes in Stitches/Alan and Margaret Jannuzzi.

Due to the growth of local FIRST programs First Lego League, FTC and FRC), two separate FRC Arizona regional events are expected to be held in 2015.  Recruitment of FRC teams is currently occurring, with a goal of doubling the number of teams in the next two years.  For more information and to get involved, contact FIRST Regional Director Carol Popovich at carol.popovich@microchip.com or (480) 792-7938.


W. P. Carey School Offers New Scholarship Program

If you’ve ever thought about going back to school to try to advance your career and make more money, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers some of the best values in education. In particular, its full-time MBA program has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the nation for “return on investment.” Recently, the school announced it’s adding a new scholarship program to make it even easier for some of the best students in the country to get an MBA through that program.

“We recently introduced the Wm. Polk Carey Memorial Scholarship Fund to help successful applicants for the full-time MBA program cover the costs of education,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Last year, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked our full-time MBA program among the Top 20 in the world and the Top 10 in the U. S. for ‘return on investment,’ indicating superb value. However, we still wanted to push even further to help more deserving students access a highly ranked MBA program.”

The Bloomberg Businessweek article pointed out that students completing the W. P. Carey School’s full-time MBA program could see an annual pay increase of about $40,000. It also indicated that it would likely take less than five years for a W. P. Carey full-time MBA student to recoup all the costs of getting an MBA, including the salary the student gives up to go back to school full-time.

The school’s full-time MBA program is known for high quality. It is currently ranked among the Top 30 “Best Graduate Schools” for business in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. It was one of the two least expensive programs in the entire Top 30 this year. In addition, it’s recognized for its personalized feel, with small class sizes. Students can specialize in multiple areas of emphasis, including finance and supply chain management, a field in which the W. P. Carey School consistently ranks Top 10 in the nation. This year, 89 percent of the school’s full-time MBA students were employed within 90 days of graduation.

The new scholarship fund is named after the school’s benefactor, real estate investor and acclaimed philanthropist Wm. Polk Carey, who donated $50 million to the school in 2002/2003. Carey passed away in January, but his generosity continues to be felt by students. Now, every applicant to the W. P. Carey School’s full-time MBA program will be considered for the scholarship money, which could completely cover the program’s costs for the very best students. No additional application is required.

For more information on W. P. Carey MBA programs, visit www.wpcarey.asu.edu/mba.

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Scholarship Opportunities For Community College Transfers

University of Phoenix has announced that it will offer 70 scholarships to recent community college graduates looking to continue their education. Recipients of each $3,000 scholarship will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree program at a University of Phoenix location, or online via the University’s eCampus.

The seventy partial-tuition scholarships are available for qualified individuals who completed an associate’s degree from an accredited community college within the past three years, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Recipients will be selected based on a completed application and submitted essays by the scholarship selection committee made up of representatives from University of Phoenix. Deadline for applications is June, 26, 2012.

“Community college students share much in common with University of Phoenix students and alumni: they are acquiring the skills to better compete in a global workforce,” said Tammie Yong, Director of Scholarships, University of Phoenix. “Some of our students best prepared to complete their degree programs are the ones who transfer from community colleges so we are especially passionate about providing these types of scholarship opportunities.”

In addition to offering scholarships, University of Phoenix works with community colleges to build educational partnerships that bring in area business, academic and diversity leaders. Through its Community College Center of Excellence, the University partners with community colleges to develop focused curriculum and specific career pathways to meet those area workforce skills gaps.

For more information including scholarship criteria, requirements and deadlines visit: www.phoenix.edu/CCTransferScholar.

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Suns Charities Awards $35,000 In Scholarships

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
  • Aaron Wodka, Nogales High School
  • Abigail Mucklow, Northwest Christian High School
  • Adelynn Shafer, Sahuaro High School
  • Brandon Shaw, Basha High School
  • Christina Wood, Marcos de Niza
  • Cole Waldren, Pinnacle High School
  • Dominic Hayden, Pinnacle High School
  • Dustin Jed Tanada, Williams Field High School
  • Kimberly Mitchell, Sunnyslope High School
  • Meera Kumar, Horizon High School
  • Meghan Kuebler, Florence High School
  • Natalie Jones, St. David High School
  • Nicholas Jakob, Notre Dame Prep Academy
  • Stephen Smith, Centennial High School
  • Victoria Ton, Hamilton High School


For more information on Phoenix Suns Charities, visit Phoenix Suns Charities’ website at www.nba.com/suns/news/charities_index.html.