$20K grant will benefit Sunnyside students

Students at Sunnyside's S.T.A.R. Academic Center will receive some assistance, thanks to a $20,000 grant.

The two-year grant, from the Ford Motor Co. Fund, will provide 20 students with a stipend for personal items like bus passes or prescription eyeglasses. The selected students must hold an 80 percent attendance record and maintain at least a "C" average.

The students will have access to skill-development classes, workshops, mentorships, internships and tutoring opportunities.

The S.T.A.R. Academic Center, 5093 S. Liberty Ave., is an alternative program for students who learn best in nontraditional ways. It serves about 150 students.

The Ford Driving Dreams Through Education grant aims to fund programs that uniquely address the dropout problem.

Utterback counselor awarded scholarship

An Utterback Magnet Middle School counselor has been awarded a full tuition scholarship for the University of Phoenix.

Missy Wade is one of 30 people to receive the scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the University of Phoenix to complete an undergraduate or master's degree.

Wade spent more than eight years working with youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson and currently serves as the organization's sports league coordinator.

New charter school postpones opening

A new charter school scheduled to open this fall is postponing opening until August 2014.

The Governing Board for the Rising School made the decision because it did not receive a $230,000 federal startup grant; tenant improvement costs were going to be $90,000 more than expected; and the school did not recruit the number of students needed.

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