Phoenix Suns Charities Awards $35,000 in College Scholarships

One student receives the Kevin Johnson Scholar Award of $5,000

Posted: April 27, 2012

PHOENIX - 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

Phoenix Suns Charities is the cornerstone of the team’s foundation, making grants to non-profit organizations that serve children and youth in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, sports and recreation, and rehabilitation. In the 24 years since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated more than 12 million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations.