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Aug. 28, 2020

RSVP for Announcement of Major Gift Establishing Full Scholarships for Flowing Wells High School Graduates

  • What: Virtual news conference announcing the Sandra, Pamela, and Polly Aley Scholarship Endowment
  • When: Monday, Aug. 31, 4 p.m. (PT)
  • Where: Media who wish to ask questions via Zoom must RSVP to by 1 p.m. (PT) on Aug. 31 to receive the link.
  • Online public broadcast

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Foundation will announce a new endowed scholarship that has been created with a $4.6 million bequest from Sandra Aley, an alumna of both Flowing Wells High School and the University of Arizona.

The Sandra, Pamela, and Polly Aley Scholarship endowment will provide full-ride scholarships for six to seven Flowing Wells High School graduates each year in perpetuity. Five inaugural scholars have been awarded the scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarship was named in honor of Aley, her sister, Pamela, and her mother, Polly.

Aley's gift, the largest ever for Flowing Wells students, is intended to help students access education without taking on debt. Aley's aunt, Alice Paul, was a UArizona faculty member and the first Tohono O’odham tribe member to earn a doctorate from the University of Arizona.

Speakers will include:

  • Robert C. Robbins, President, University of Arizona
  • Kasey Urquidez, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Arizona
  • John-Paul Roczniak, President and CEO, University of Arizona Foundation
  • James Brunenkant, Principal, Flowing Wells High School
  • Randall Irby, Aley Scholar and political science student, University of Arizona

Media who wish to ask questions about the announcement via Zoom must RSVP with name, outlet and email address to Brandon Goldstein,, by 1 p.m. (PT) on Aug. 31 to receive a Zoom invitation.

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Media contacts:
Sarah Beaudry
University and Alumni Development Program
University of Arizona Foundation
Pila Martinez
University Communications
University of Arizona

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