Yuma, Ariz. – General Motors Desert Proving Grounds officially presented the AWC Foundation with a $5,000 donation that is funded through the GM Foundation Plant City Grant on Friday. With the donation, the Edgar Mendoza GM Foundation Scholarship was set up in memory of former GM employee Edgar Mendoza and the scholarship will be awarded to two students.
Former GM employee Edgar Mendoza lost his two year battle with cancer in March 2014 at age 24. He was a graduate of the AWC Automotive Technology Program and was 1 of 8 students hired by the DPG through the AWC and GM partnership program.
An AWC Plaque will be presented to GM bearing the names of the scholarship winners. The plaque will be displayed at the GM facility and a second identical plaque will be on display at the Automotive Technology department at AWC. GM will also be presenting scholarship winners with die cast Corvette’s. In September, scholarship winners will be honored along with the GM Foundation at the AWC 2015 Scholarship awards ceremony.
“Today’s GM Foundation donation is the latest demonstration of the GM Desert Proving Ground’s deep, ongoing commitment to supporting STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) related educational programs in Yuma County. The scholarships are an endorsement of the AWC Foundation and the outstanding Automotive Technology program at Arizona Western College. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with AWC to prepare today’s students to meet the challenges oftomorrow’s increasingly technical job market.” Frank West – Site Manager, GM Desert Proving Ground
“The Arizona Western College Foundation is honored to partner with the GM Foundation to provide scholarships for local-area students. The GM Desert Proving Ground’s commitment to Arizona Western College is admirable and we are extremely grateful for their generosity and willingness to support education.” Christina Hawkey, Director of Institutional Advancement.