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North Star Youth Partnership Awards $19,200 Grant McKee and Robert Caldwell Service & Leadership Scholarships To 12 Prescott-Area Students
Dr. Cindy Rollins Receives 14th Annual Community Youth Advocate Award

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (May 15, 2019): Twelve students from Prescott High School and Tri-City Prep each received $1,600 Grant McKee and Robert Caldwell Service and Leadership scholarships at the recent North Star Youth Partnership Annual Celebration of Community & Youth Partnership’s Breakfast at the Hassayampa Inn.

The scholarships are named in recognition of Grant McKee and his cousin, Robert Caldwell, two of the Prescott Hotshot firefighters who perished in the 2013 Yarnell Fire. Established six years ago, $71,200 in scholarships have been awarded, including those from this year.

Also at the event, Dr. Cindy Rollins, the Granite Mountain Psychological Society Outreach Coordinator, received the 14th annual Community Youth Advocate Award for her passion and commitment to help others build on their strengths and achieve personal accomplishments.

“All of the scholarship applicants care deeply for others, the environment and the world at large,” said Diane DeLong, senior program manager, North Star Youth Partnership, a program of Catholic Charities Community Services. “It is evident they also take their responsibility of a role model very seriously. Their plans after graduation are exciting, their dreams lofty and their commitment to achieve their goals inspiring.”

Scholarship recipients were: Prescott High School – Abril Aranda, Hema Arrieta Carbajal, Kristen Cordova, Maddison Pierce, and Madison Thein; Tri-City Prep - Jackson Baker, Theresa Calvert, Bella Dexter, Alexandra Mascher, Halley Olague, Rebecca Stubbs and Bella Weygan.

Financial support for the scholarships was provided by American Legion Post 6 and members Katie Bailey, Alan Blaine and John Baker; the Paul and Patricia Taylor Family Foundation and Kati Kelley Advised Fund.

The Community Youth Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual who acts in the best interest of youth.

In addition to her role providing counseling services and psychological evaluations for youth and adults in Prescott, Rollins also has been involved in many volunteer activities in soup kitchens, as a youth mentor, Girl Scout leader, nonprofit board member and youth sports coac


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