GiFTS - The Garnder Family Teacher Scholarship - Today's students, tomorrow's teachers - An Educational Endowment

The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship is available to qualified applicants who plan to teach in a K-12 position in Yavapai County. Several  scholarships for a minimum of $2,000 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.

Young adults celebrating graduation

Application & Deadline

Applications for the Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship will be available online during the application period from November 8, 2021 to March 1, 2022. Successful applications will include letters of recommendation and answers to two essay questions. 


Awards Reception

2022 Scholarship awards will be given at a reception on April 29, 2022 at 4:00 pm, YCESA 2970 Centerpointe E Dr, Prescott 86301

 Attendance at the Award Ceremony  is mandatory in order to receive the scholarship.

For questions, contact Jenn Nelson at or (928) 442-5138

Donate Today

We are pleased to announce the expansion of an ongoing partnership with the Prescott Sunrise Lions Club. That makes our organization eligible to benefit from their Tax Credit Program! Now you can donate $400.00 if filing individually or $800.00 if filling jointly to the Prescott Sunrise Lions Club Foundation and receive a dollar for dollar tax credit against your Arizona income taxes. Click on the link below and look for the GiFTS link

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Board of Directors

From L to R: Tim Carter,Danny Brown, Corey Gardner, Jodi Rooney, Lance Barnes, Tara O’Neill, Mike Holder, Leslie Horton, Ray Newton 
Not Pictured: Dr. Ron Minnich, Mac Macfarlane


Founder: The late Gladys Gardner
Retired Arizona State Legislature

Co-President: Danny Brown
Clarkdale Jerome School Superintendent

Co-President: Tara O’Neill
Professor, Yavapai College

Vice President: Cory Gardner

Secretary: Tim Carter
Yavapai County School Superintendent

Treasurer: Ray Newton
Professor Emeritus, NAU


Lance Barnes
Director, American Heritage Academy – Camp Verde

Jean Knight
Retired Director, Lake Havasu MPO

Leslie Horton
Director, Yavapai County Health Services

Mac Macfarlane
General Manager, Findlay Subaru 

Dr. Ron Minnich (Emeritus)
Retired, Yavapai College


2021 Gardner Scholarship Recipients 

Past Scholarship Recipients, 2007-2021



Trinidad Pecho Caparachin

Alondra Mendez

Emily Schuler
Peyton Blumstein
Kylie Densmore

Hayley Feipel
Chelsea Henderson
Kacie Burns
Hannah Woodburn
2020 Abigail Hanks
Hayley Feipel
Melissa Norman
Jonathan Bailey
Denisha Ozuna
Bethany Pachel
Nichole Carabin
Leslee Presmyk
Kaitlyn Connolly
Stephanie McCaslin
Katie Winter
Emily Schuler
Elah Alvis
Jessica Gaff
Chelsea Henderson
2019 Nichole Carabin
Byran Malone
Elah Alvis
Emily Aitken,
Grace Holverson
Hailey McMains
Houston Vaca
Jessica Gaff
Jonathan Bailey
Kaitlyn Connolly
Peyton Blumstein
Tess Di Maria
2018 Nichole Carabin, Kayla Carroll,
Peyton Cass
Kaitlyn Connolly,
Beth Courtright Detwiler,
Christina Damko

Nancy Davey Braswell, Kirsten Hillig, Grace Holvreson

Hailey McMains, Carson Sandoval, Chance Weir
2017 Elise Anderson,
Grace Holverson,
Sarah Schuler
Sarah Broderick,
Haley Holverson
Angelina Chavez, Jeffrey Malone Nora Graybill, Hailey McMains
2016 Caleb Boone, Nora Graybill, Marissa Rottnek Melissa Brooks, Haley Holverson, Sarah Schuler Angelina Chavez, Amanda Mikrut, Emily Thomas Debra Earl, Ricky Rodriguez
2015 Jessica Adkins, Rachel Harold, Katie Ringe Alex Anderson, Kayla Marston,
Delia Sotelo
Nora Graybill, Severin Piper, Ashlee Stotts Alexandra Johnson, Ricky Rodriguez
2014 Jessica Adkins, Rachel Harold, Katie Ringe Alex Anderson, Rebecca Kepner, Candy Shaft Devon Atrip, Kayla Marston, Laura Ventura Claren Fraher,
Christie Olney
2013 Jessica Adkins, Crystal Kathe, Katie Ringe Jenica Artlip, Rebecca Kepner, Cassandra Walker Devon Atrip, Britney Lawler, Albert Zalfini Kristen Jensen, Cortland Mathers-Suter, Marissa Ziering
2012 Jenica Artlip, Rebecca Kepner, Debby Schoenfeld Nathaniel Hald, Tabitha King, Sally Stolz Christina Jones, Ashly Lawler, Jill Wagner Crystal Kathe, Tanya Padilla-Melton, Albert Zalfini
2011 Jenica Artlip, Susan Lemieux-Luque, Grace Summers Jeremy DeRois, Jasmin Licavoil, Jennifer Turner Christina Horn, Hannah Marcum Ashley Law;er, RJ Mayer
2010 Morgan Dubs, William Hogue, Christine Penner Shannon Erickson, Erik Juarez, Jill Wagner Ramsay Fornara, Tabitha King Jonathan Hannah, Amy Kuntz
2009 Jonathan Hannah, Christine Penner, Susan Turner Nicole Hutchinson, Brianna Rade Susan Lemieux-Luque,
Cassandra Spleiss
Melanie Olstadt, Brian Tankesley
2008 Scott Fitterer, Erik Juarez, Kelly Smith Melanie Goldsmith, Kristin Peña, Susan Turner Maria Haag, Jessica Piotter Kallie Haddow-Cashatt, Dayna Sherrill
2007 Sierra Dye, Kallie Haddow, Alexandra Ward Scott Fitterer, Sarah Pomeroy Melanie Goldsmith, Amanda Reel Whitney Grovenstein, Kelly Smith

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

– Benjamin Franklin

History of the Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship

Gladys Gardner

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.

Contact Us

The Gardner Family Teacher Scholarship
2970 Centerpointe East Drive
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 442-5138