SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Happenings

Steve Groth, President of SBCO (far right), recognized San Manuel High School SBCO scholarship recipients at their graduation ceremony.

Steve Groth, President of SBCO (far right), recognized San Manuel High School SBCO scholarship recipients at their graduation ceremony.

SBCO scholarships help local students succeed

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

Members of the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) educational committee have been putting in long hours in recent months. They have been reviewing college scholarship applications, traveling to communities along the “Copper Corridor” to interview candidates and ranking applicants to determine who will be awarded a two- or four-year college scholarship. Fortunately, the committee has recently added several new members who helped to shoulder the workload.

According to Jim Weeks, SBCO Vice President of Education, 45 applications for scholarships were received this spring, and 29 scholarships were awarded. Of these, 25 scholarships were for four-year schools with the remainder for two-year schools. The scholarships were awarded to students in the following locations:

Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson: eight applicants; five scholarships.

Hayden High School in Winkelman: four applicants; three scholarships.

Ray High School in Kearny: ten applicants; five scholarships.

Miami High School in Miami: four applicants; two scholarships.

San Manuel Junior/Senior High School in San Manuel: 11 applicants; nine scholarships.

Superior High School in Superior: eight applicants; five scholarships.

Weeks noted, “This year’s applicants were just outstanding. They’ve worked hard and are determined to attend college and fulfill their career goals. We wished we could have given all of them scholarships.”

During the 2019-2020 school year, a total of 86 students will be receiving SBCO scholarships, 75 for four-year degrees and 11 for two-year degrees. Students will be attending schools across the country: Northern Arizona (23), U of A (20), ASU (13), Grand Canyon University (7), various junior colleges (15) and BYU, Central Michigan, Clarkson, Embry Riddle, Johns Hopkins, UNLV and Wayland Baptist (one student at each institution). Scholarships of $3,000 per year are awarded to those attending four-year schools. Students in a two-year program receive $1,500 per year. Scholarships are renewed annually for students maintaining a 2.0 GPA as a full-time student, taking a minimum of 12 credits.

SBCO funding sends Coronado students to the Grand Canyon and Catalina Island

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

Annually, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach awards a $3,000 educational enrichment grant to Coronado K-8 School in Catalina to help pay for seventh grade students to take a spring bus trip to the Grand Canyon. These funds are greatly appreciated by the students and their science instructors. During the two-day excursion, 70 students connected their geological classroom instruction with the real world. While at the Grand Canyon, students were able to identify different types of rocks, describe the formation of the canyon and Sunset Crater, as well as identify fault lines. The students also saw Glen Canyon Dam and Wupatki pueblos on this excursion.

SBCO also provides a $2,500 grant for sixth grade students from Coronado K-8 School to take a trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) in California. CIMI is an outdoor science school, providing hands-on labs and field activities in marine science and island ecology.

This year, forty-eight students visited the plankton, shark and invertebrate labs and went snorkeling while at CIMI.

Donate to SBCO while grocery shopping at Bashas’ and Fry’s

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

There are two easy ways to use your grocery dollars to help improve the lives of needy children in local communities.

Option 1: Buy a Bashas’ Community Card at the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach office in Suite L at the mini-market complex on SaddleBrooke Blvd. The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The card, which costs $5, is pre-loaded with $5 worth of store credit and was sold to SBCO at a 6% discount.

Take your Bashas’ Community Card to the customer service counter at any Basha’s store. Ask to add to the card’s existing balance and pay using a debit or credit card, cash or check. Whenever you use your Bashas’ Community Card to pay for a transaction at any Bashas’, AJ’s Fine Foods or Food City Store, 6% of your purchase goes to SBCO. So, for every $100 you spend, $6 helps pay for programs that provide children with food, clothing and educational opportunities.

Whenever you have used the balance on your Bashas’ Community Card, you can reload it. At checkout before the cashier rings up your purchases, ask to put more money on your Community Card.

Option 2: Fry’s allows reward card holders to designate SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) as a recipient of contributions from Fry’s community rewards program.

Here’s how to link your Fry’s VIP card to SBCO:

STEP 1: Create an online Fry’s account.

If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to No. 2

* Go to

* Click on “Welcome! Sign In” (top right)

* Click on “No Account? Register” (top right)

* Under “Create an Account,” enter your email and create a password (write down your email and password; you will need it in step 2)

* Under “Select your preferred store,” enter your postal code and click “Find”

* Select your store, then click on “Create Account”

* You will then be prompted to check your email for the confirmation email

* Click the hyperlink “View My Account” in your email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account

* Continue to Step 2 to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.

STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program:

* Go to

* Select “Sign-In”

* Enter your email and password, then select ‘sign in’ (this will be the email and password you created in step 1)

* Under “Welcome back!” click “Your Name/My Account”

* Under “Account Summary,” scroll down “Community Rewards”

* Click ‘enroll’ under “Community Rewards,” if prompted, enter personal information

* Under “Find Your Organization:” Enter the NPO number or name of organization then select ‘search.’ (You can get the NPO number from your organization.)

* Under “Select Your Organization:” Select box next to your organization (left side)

* Then select ‘save changes.’

* If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under “Community Rewards” on your account summary page.

Linking your Fry’s VIP card to SBCO is a simple way to make your grocery dollars go much farther.