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The Arizona Western College Foundation is a community foundation committed to helping students reach their career goals through collaborative contributions, scholarships, and grants.


The AWC Foundation manages 130 scholarship and program funds for a wide variety of programmatic areas. In 2016, 600 students applied for scholarships to attend Arizona Western College and the Foundation awarded $200,000 in tuition assistance. The AWC Foundation believes that obtaining a degree or certificate is a fundamental change maker for economic prosperity for the families in our community. AWC has a proven record of supporting student’s economic mobility and with your help, we can continue these efforts. Join our community partners and become a donor today. 


The mission of the Arizona Western College Foundation is to empower people to reach their educational and career aspirations by enhancing access to learning opportunities.

  • Raise funds by ‘friend’ raising and building endowments for scholarships to supplement institutional funds and support student enrollment goals.
  • Assist AWC programs and departments through fund management, special event fundraising assistance, promotions, and processing donations.
  • Solicit and maintain community relationships to promote collaborative projects to benefit the Foundation and AWC growth.
  • Promote Alumni participation and pride to encourage active engagement with AWC and facilitate future donations for planning giving campaigns.

Board of Directors

A volunteer Board of Directors composed of business and industry representatives, community leaders, and alumni provide vision, strategic planning, and leadership for the AWC Foundation.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr, AWC President Ex-Officio
Ramona Duran, President WIOA Program Manager, La Paz Career Center
Karen Spencer Vice President
Eric Gardner VP of Gutierrez Canales Engineering, P.C.
Bruce Gwynn Executive Director, Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
Jonathan Matheus Real Estate Agent, A.T. Pancrazi Real Estate
Bob Nidiffer Retired
Andrew Phelan Finance Director, Antelope High School
Dr. Richard Ponschock NAU Adjunct Faculty for Business
Jeni Summer Executive Director, STEDY Program Management
Crystal Gunderman Senior Vice President and Regional President, Foothills Bank
Julie Rodriguez Director for Education Services, Yuma County Education Services Agency
Jorge Lozano Attorney, Law Offices of Jorge Lozano
Meghan Scott Attorney, Noble Law Office
Renee Smith Director of Institutional Advancement
Gladys Anaya Coordinator of Development and Alumni Relations
Laurel Adair Coordinator of Foundation Services
Sandra Hernandez Accounting Administrator

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