AWC Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame nominations open Jan. 25

January 25, 2024

Yuma, AZ (January 25, 2024) – Nominations are currently being sought for the Arizona Western College Hall of Fame.

Established in 2011, the AWC Hall of Fame honors alumni, faculty, and community leaders from Yuma and La Paz counties who have made a significant contribution to the mission of the college or distinguished themselves in service to the larger world. The AWC Hall of Fame is presently comprised of 29 honorees, including 2023 inductees Tom Tyree and John Stratton.

The Foundation and AWC will recognize the 2024 inductees during the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Schoolhouse Soiree, on Friday, October 4. 

Nominations will be accepted in four categories: 
•    Student (eligible after 3 years of separation from AWC)
•    Faculty or Staff (eligible 3 years after separation or after 10 years of active service)
•    Teams (academic or athletic teams who win a state or national championship)
•    Community Leader (eligible after three years of distinguished support or service to AWC)

The nomination window will remain open until Thursday, March 14. Visit to submit a nomination.

“Last year’s Schoolhouse Soiree was an energetic celebration of AWC students and community members who have endeavored to support Yuma and La Paz counties’ educational legacies for the generations of tomorrow. In celebration and honor of our Hall of Fame inductees, the Schoolhouse Soiree raised over $114,000 to continue this important work.  We hope community members will join us in this year’s celebration as we continue this life and generational-changing journey,” said Laura Knaresboro, AWC Foundation Chief Operating Officer.

Arizona Western College Foundation - Enrich, Elevate, and Educate
The Arizona Western College Foundation seeks to make education universally accessible by removing economic barriers for students and building capacity for scholarships, programs, and creating the college of tomorrow. Since its establishment in 1963 as a supporting non-profit organization to Arizona Western College, the Foundation has set the pace for scholarship development and distribution in Yuma and La Paz counties. The team currently manages over 250 scholarship and programmatic funds, and distributed over $800,000 in 2023 to provide over 190 students with scholarships, to help countless students from across the entire college district with program support, and to provide matching funds to the AWC Library renovation project. 

The Foundation and AWC are primed to lead the way in regional and economic growth and development that will impact families for generations to come.

Gladys Anaya
Development Manager 
Arizona Western College Foundation
(928) 317-7620

Laura Knaresboro 
Chief Operating Officer
Arizona Western College Foundation
(928) 344-1723