RRHS, PUHS, NHS grads awarded South32 scholarships

Three recent high school graduates from Santa Cruz County were awarded scholarships by mining company South32 in support of their plans to study science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects at the collegiate level.

Miguel Angelo of Rico Rico High School, John Hubbell of Patagonia Union High School and Ricardo Maytorena of Nogales High School each received the South32 Hermosa STEM Scholarship at their respective school’s graduation ceremonies in May.

The scholarship is a one-time $2,500 award given to local college-bound seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an expressed desire to major in a STEM-related field.

“STEM education is critical to a competitive workforce and serves as the backbone of the mining industry and sustainability-focused mining companies like South32,” said Greg Lucero, vice-president of corporate affairs for South32’s Hermosa project in the Patagonia Mountains. “We think it’s important to invest in students of these disciplines, honor them for their hard work, and help support them in pursuing their dreams.”

The students were chosen by an independent selection committee that reviewed their scholarship application essays, the company said in a news release.

Rio Rican earns master’s degree

Ajay Pacharne of Rio Rico has earned his master of education, learning and technology degree from Western Governors University, the online, nonprofit university said in an announcement.

WGU said it held three commencement ceremonies this year to celebrate the graduation of more than 22,000 students from across the country.

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