Tempe’s Diablos service organization has launched its 2016 scholarship and community-grants initiative, aiming at another record year for contributions and the financial support made possible through the campaign’s combined funding.
Students wishing to apply for the Diablos scholarship program this year have until Sunday, Jan. 24, to submit an application.
Organizations have until Monday, Feb. 1, to apply for 2016 grants.
Last year the Diablos awarded $800,000 in scholarships, grants and other community investments, according to spokesman Greg Garcia.
Diablo scholarships are designated for qualified, well-rounded students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, and who show extracurricular involvement in their school and/or community.
Applicants should show strong leadership abilities, communication skills and financial need.
The Diablos’ general scholarship program provides numerous scholarships each year to qualified students to attend Arizona State University or a Maricopa County Community College.
The requirements and process for applying for a Diablo scholarship vary based on certain factors and criteria, all of which are set forth in the information pages and application forms available at http://www.tempediablos.org/scholarships.
The Diablos will award approximately 30 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 per year for four years, amounting to a total commitment of approximately $240,000 per year.
Diablo grants support at-risk youth and families; community outreach and quality of life issues; improvement to the lives of the mentally challenged; and education, with an emphasis on early childhood development and life skills.
To be eligible, the grant-recipient organization must either be located or have a presence in Tempe. Exceptions are made for programs that primarily serve Tempe organizations or residents.
The grants occur through two funding cycles, spring and fall. Spring is the current cycle.
Information on the Diablos grant process and applications are available at http://www.tempediablos.org/grant-requests/
Tempe Diablos, founded in 1967, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, civic organization that began its service with the mission to enhance and promote Tempe. The members donate thousands of hours of time and their resources to partner with the city of Tempe and other community stakeholders in raising funds each year.