Young entrepreneur awarded SaddleBrooke Community Outreach college scholarship
Cassandra Frye was not only an honors student in high school but also a rodeo champion and an entrepreneur. And now, she is beginning her studies in pre-veterinary medicine at Arizona State University with support from a SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) college scholarship.
Cassandra grew up on a small ranch and started her own pet sitting business while she was in high school. She took care of farm animals, household pets, and even exotic animals in order to save money for college. She eventually grew her business, “Cowgirl Pet Sitting,” so she could hire a few part time helpers. In her spare time, Cassie competed in barrel racing and won first place in a 2016 rodeo competition in Phoenix.
According to Cassie, “Being raised by a single mother with two children, I knew she couldn’t afford to send both of us to college. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream of attending college and becoming a veterinarian. Without the generosity of the SaddleBrooke community, I would not be able to attend Arizona State University. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I admire the SaddleBrooke community for helping students further their education.”
After a rigorous selection process, SBCO provides scholarships of $3,000 per year to eligible four-year students and $1,500 per year to selected community college and trade school students.
This year, SBCO is expanding the scholarship program by setting up a “Scholarship Endowment Fund,” which is funded through estate plans and current donations. Endowment funds are preserved for generations, and only the interest earned is used to provide scholarships. In essence, this endowment creates a legacy for the donor, which lasts long after his or her life ends.
While SBCO accepts donations of any amount, a minimum of $5,000 is required for contributions to the Scholarship Endowment Fund. For more information, contact Ron Andrea at [email protected]
Make a difference with a donation to SBCO
SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) provides children with opportunities to succeed by supporting numerous programs that provide food, clothing, and educational opportunities in nearby communities. Some of the programs we support with generous donations of money and volunteer labor include:
Kids’ Closet – Provides new school clothing for children from Head Start through 8th grade.
Teen Closet – Offers eligible high school students a shopping trip for school clothing at local stores.
Education Programs – Makes available tutoring, enrichment opportunities, and college scholarships.
Food – Provides financial support and donations of goods to SBCO’s annual food drive for the Tri-Community Food Bank and programs such as Holiday Food Baskets, Adopt a Family and Adopt a Child, all of which support families in our service area.
Your financial contribution to SBCO can make the difference in many children’s lives. Since SBCO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID # 86-0843458), all contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Contributions are also eligible for the Arizona tax credit for contributions to charities that provide assistance to the working poor.
Your donation will be acknowledged, and if you make a gift on behalf of a friend or family member, in memory of a special person, or in honor of an event or person, an acknowledgement also will be sent to the appropriate person or his or her family.
You can make a donation by sending a check made payable to “SaddleBrooke Community Outreach” to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, Inc. at 63675 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd., Suite L, Tucson, AZ 85739. You also can make a secure online donation at community-outreach.org. Simply click the “Donate” button and pay using your credit card or PayPal account (a PayPal account is not required to make a donation).
On behalf of many local children, we thank you for your support.