Hello My Friend Scholarship

Brenda Loomis “Hello my Friend”
Memorial Scholarship

The “Hello My Friend” Brenda Loomis Scholarship provides financial support to bilingual students from Arizona who demonstrate academic excellence, and a desire to make a meaningful  contribution to society.

The “Hello My Friend” memorial scholarship fund was established in memory of a valued member of the early childhood education community, Brenda Loomis. Upon her death in 2012, at age of 42, the scholarship was established to provide new and renewed scholarships to help college students with limited financial resources achieve high academic goals and develop their scholarship capacity in southern Arizona. The scholarship will be managed by the Southern Arizona Association for Education of Young Children (SAZAEYC), a nonprofit organization to which Brenda was highly dedicated.

This scholarship honors Brenda’s life as an advocate of young children, and will provide financial assistance to a member or members of SAZAEYC in continuing their education towards an AA, BA or MA degree. The criteria of the scholarship include

  • academic excellence
  • exemplary citizenship
  • commitment to the Early Care and Education profession
  • financial need

To be eligible, a student must be

  • a U.S. citizen or Green Card Holder
  • living in Arizona
  • pursuing their first degree

The recipient of this scholarship will be invited to participate in the early childhood education professional community by attending any SAZAEYC board meetings and/or serving on local AEYC committees. The recipient will also be invited to attend the annual conference as our guest and to help in some capacity. The recipient will be recognized at the Annual Awards Brunch and will attend as an honored guest of SAZAEYC.

If you have questions about the Brenda Loomis “Hello My Friend” Scholarship, contact Kelly Larkin at executivedirector@sazaeyc.org  or (520) 777-0867.