20 Dorrance Foundation for Education scholars to attend ASU

This fall, 20 first-generation college students from around the state will attend Arizona State University, courtesy of the Dorrance Foundation for Education.

Created in 1999 by Bennett and Jacquie Dorrance, the Dorrance Scholarship awards students with $100,000 each, over four years, to attend ASU, Northern Arizona University or the University of Arizona. 

Dorrance Scholars must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average, live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years, attend monthly meetings with fellow scholars and perform volunteer service. 

ASU remembers Lonnie Ostrom for his service to students, colleagues, donors

When asked about lessons learned throughout his life, Lonnie Ostrom’s most important takeaway was: “Friendships and relationships dominate the memories you carry with you. That’s what life is all about.”

Ostrom adhered to this principle closely, through his unwavering commitment to developing meaningful relationships with each student, benefactor and colleague he worked with.  

An Air Force veteran who died on July 4, Ostrom spent just shy of 50 years developing these relationships and advancing the future of ASU for generations to come. He was 80 years old.  

Investing in people: Today's refugees, tomorrow's Phoenicians

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe, falling each year on June 20 and celebrating the strength and courage of those who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

The day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and recognize refugees' resilience in rebuilding their lives.

Universities partner to make chemistry more equitable

On average, Black, Latino and Indigenous students fail or withdraw from general education courses in their first year of college more often than their white peers. Similar trends are observed between students from lower-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) aim to change that, starting with general chemistry courseware that prioritizes equity through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

2 ASU students awarded Udall Scholarship

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement (ONSA) has announced that two Arizona State University students, Katie Pascavis and Dylan Bia, have been awarded the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, a major federal fellowship for college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.

ASU student Nicole Kaiser has also been named an honorable mention.

Glendale Community College student shares her experience transferring to ASU

As an only child and a first-generation college student, Lianyue (Leia) Zhang decided to pursue higher education as a path toward better career opportunities and a more prosperous future. Originally from China, Zhang decided to first attend Glendale Community College directly upon completing high school because of the affordable tuition and the ability to focus on her studies as a full-time student.