Scholarship foundation makes long-term commitment to students

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- The Challenge Foundation Scholarship is looking for fourth- to sixth-graders who are hard-working, star students.

"I just can't believe what change can happen in two years," said Diego Acezedo.

He is in his second year with The Challenge Foundation.

With his scholarship, comes free tuition to the foundation's partner school, All Saints Episcopal Day School.

"It is most certainly challenging, but it's also very fun at the same time. I find all the topics we learn about very fascinating," said scholar Jesus Martinez.

Through The Challenge Foundation, fifth-grade students get a private school education without paying the price.

"Our mission is to identify high-achieving, low-income students and provide them with a great educational opportunity. They start with us in the fifth grade, and we are unique in that we follow them all the way through college graduation," said Pam Fronk-Cole, executive director of The Challenge Foundation.

The program works with many students who will be first-generation college students, and it wants parents committed to the child's academic and professional success.

And if there are things like electric bills or rent causing a family stress, The Challenge Foundation can help with that, too.

"Our commitment as an organization is to try to minimize the stress that is present at home, so that the family can focus on this opportunity and the child's education," Fronk-Cole said.

And the students realize how this opportunity is opening the door to bright lives in the future.

"In the future, I think I'm going to be very happy, thanks to The Challenge Foundation," Martinez said.

If you are interested in mentoring a child or have a child interested in applying, go to www.thechallengefoundation.org.