The Arizona Desert Lamp

Privately Funded, Publicly Provided: Arizona Assurance Edition

Posted in Campus by Evan Lisull on 4 February 2009

As Russell Pearce reminds us that, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” an evil telecommunications megacorporation steps in . . . to make college affordable for poorer students:

Cox Communications is the first corporate sponsor of the Arizona Assurance scholarship program at The University of Arizona.

The company has pledged $100,000 to the Arizona Assurance Endowment Fund. The financial aid program enables students to earn undergraduate degrees in four years with no college debt.

. . .

The program aims to increase student retention and to provide a successful transition to college. A faculty mentorship program pairs faculty members with scholars during their four years of study. Students also have access to internship opportunities and career guidance through major local employers such as Cox Communications.

Hopefully, this is the first of many.

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