Three Southern Arizona teens have been named winners of the Dorrance Scholarship.

Martha Torres of Desert View High School, Miriam Lopez of Nogales High School and Dakota Hays of Saint David High School are among the 27 Arizona students named Dorrance Scholars.

All of the students have demonstrated financial need and are the first in their families to attend college. Each scholar will receive a package worth more than $80,000 over four years to attend one of the Arizona’s three state universities. Torres and Lopez will attend the University of Arizona while Hays will attend Northern Arizona University.

The Dorrance program supports a pre-college summer transition program, a summer conservation experience on the Colorado Plateau, international travel, cultural enrichment opportunities, an innovative entrepreneurship experience, and mentoring and tutoring.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​