The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship is available to qualified applicants who plan to teach in a K-12 position in Yavapai County. Several $1,500+ scholarships are awarded each year to help offset tuition and textbook expenses at accredited colleges and universities offering education programs.
The scholarship is open to high school students, undergraduates enrolled in a teaching program as well as to displaced teachers who need additional coursework to stay in their positions. A person’s potential to be a highly successful classroom teacher is the primary consideration when awarding this scholarship. Financial need may also be considered.
Application & Deadline
Applications for the Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship are available online during the application period. Successful applications will include letters of recommendation and answers to two essay questions.
The 2017 deadline has passed.
Scholarship awards are made at a reception on April 27, 2018 at 3:30pm, and the winners will be introduced at the Yavapai County Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet on April 27, 2018 at 5:00pm, compliments of the Endowment.
For questions, contact Nick Boroughf at
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Board of Directors
From L to R: Dr. Ron Minnich, Cory Gardner, Tara O’Neill, Danny Brown, Nancy Baker, Paul Zienka (former member), Robert St. Clair and Ray Newton
Not Pictured: Tim Carter and Margaret Savoini
Founder: The late Gladys Gardner
Retired Arizona State Legislature
President: Robert St. Clair
Vice President, BMO Harris Bank – Prescott Valley
Vice President: Cory Gardner
Secretary: Tim Carter
Yavapai County School Superintendent
Treasurer: Ray Newton
Professor Emeritus, NAU
Director, American Heritage Academy – Camp Verde
Superintendent, Clarkdale- Jerome Elementary School District
Dr. Ron Minnich (Emeritus)
Retired, Yavapai College
Professor, Yavapai College
Retired Teacher, CVUSD
2016 Gardner Scholarship Winners
Past Scholarship Winners, 2001-2016
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."- Benjamin Franklin
History of the Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship
The scholarship was founded by the late Gladys Gardner with an initial gift of $100,000 by the Gardner Family Trust. Mrs. Gardner led a distinguished career that began as a teacher in a one-room school in Texas. She also served in several elected positions, including as a State Representative in the Arizona State Legislature (1965-1974) and was the first woman elected to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors (1981-1988). In all of her roles, education was her primary focus.
Today, the scholarship is administered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission, as ever, is to support quality education in Yavapai County with a number of scholarships awarded annually to students in Yavapai County who wish to pursue teaching degrees. The scholarships are intended for tuition and textbook expenses at accredited colleges and universities offering education programs. The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship also supports programs intended to promote the teaching profession and improve the quality of teaching in Yavapai County.
The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship
2970 Centerpointe East Drive
Prescott, AZ 86301