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Gifts Making a Difference

Amigos Honor Community Leaders by Supporting Students

Amigos de Pima Community College was formed in 1992 by Henry "Hank" Oyama, Richard Fimbres and then PCC Chancellor Robert Jensen to "promote academic excellence among Hispanic students at Pima Community College by providing financial support through scholarships to qualified and deserving students [and] to develop linkages with business and industry professionals in the community who are interested in providing mentorship and higher education opportunities for Hispanic students."

The Amigos' primary objective is raising funds for the Hispanic Student Endowment, currently valued at nearly $250,000, and awarding scholarships to deserving PCC students.  Learn more about the individuals who have been honored by Amigos de Pima for making a positive difference in Southern Arizona.

Meteorologist Establishes Science Scholarship

Chuck George was known to many Southern Arizonans as KOLD-TV’s Chief Meteorologist. But in fall 2010, students at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus knew him as their teacher. George was an adjunct faculty member in geography who donated his teaching salary to fund a PCC Foundation scholarship.

Named for Archimedes - the Greek mathematician, engineer, physicist and astronomer known as the father of science – the scholarship was available to students majoring in any scientific discipline. 

Cheryl House, executive director of the PCC Foundation, said, "The world is becoming more complex and the US must invest in our future scientists to remain competitive with other nations. The Foundation is grateful to Chuck for giving our students the opportunity to excel in science and make a positive difference in our community and the world."

George is thrilled to make this contribution to continuing education, “I would not have been able to complete my own college education without scholarship support and I will be eternally grateful to those whose generosity helped me so much. It's my way of paying it forward and encouraging students to be inspired by science." 

Bequest Benefits Pima Students

Pima Community College students who find they are having difficulty paying for their education now have another scholarship opportunity, thanks to a bequest from a generous benefactor.

Frances Frye passed away December 29, 2009, at the age of 101. She bequeathed half of her estate to the PCC Foundation and half to The University of Arizona Foundation to fund scholarships for “economically-disadvantaged students in any discipline.”

Her friend Roger Landis of JP Morgan Chase said that Frye was born in Pennsylvania, but was not from any one town in particular. Her father worked on the river barges and the family often moved from town to town. She pursued a career as a secretary until the death of her first husband, an executive at General Electric. Following her husband’s death Frye volunteered for numerous charities until age 99.

Education and the poor were always Frye’s passion. She often said, “Children cannot determine who they were born to, but with an education they can make something of themselves." 

“Mrs. Frye always told people that she wanted to help the poor gain an education,” said Landis. “With her gifts to Pima Community College and The University of Arizona she has accomplished her goal.”