Bagdad High School seniors Delcina Sandoval, above, and Anna Webster, below, both with Abelino Carbajal III, were recipients of the Carbajal Memorial Mining Scholarships at the school’s convocation May 21.
The Daily Courier
Bagdad High School seniors Delcina Sandoval and Anna Webster became the inaugural recipients of the Carbajal Memorial Mining Scholarship established by the friends and family of Abelino Leon Carbajal Sr. during the school's annual Honors and Awards Convocation ceremony on May 21.
Sandoval and Webster each received $500 scholarships that they will use at Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University, respectively.
Abelino Carbajal, who retired from Cypress Minerals Company in 1988 after 33 years of service, was well-known for his integrity, hard work, kindness to strangers and devotion to family, Betty Marvin, Bagdad High academic and career counselor, said, adding he was a man of devout faith who emphasized the importance of education to his family.
"He would be delighted to know his legacy is assisting another generation of Bagdad High School graduates pursue their goals of higher education," his daughter-in-law, Christina, said.
Abelino Carbajal Jr. and his son, Abelino Carbajal III of Prescott Valley presented the scholarship awards on behalf of the family.
"We created this scholarship to honor dad, but in doing so, we have gained a deeper appreciation for the caliber of students graduating from Bagdad High School every year. We look forward to doing this again next year," said Jaime Carbajal, the youngest son of Abelino Carbajal Sr. and a Woodlands, Texas, resident. "I hope other alumni of Bagdad consider the idea of giving back to the community by creating scholarships - it is a wonderful legacy to establish. In our case, it gave us hope and it gave our friends an opportunity to help us fund the first scholarships by enabling contributions in lieu of flowers at a time when we were grieving the loss of our dad."
The audience learned at the May 21 ceremony that the class of 2013 had won nearly $309,000 in scholarships and grants.
Fourteen students have enrolled at community colleges for the fall semester, with two on the NAU transfer track. Four seniors will go directly to NAU, and four have been accepted at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Two female students have enlisted in the armed services and begin basic military training in the fall. One senior, Caleb Stevens, qualified for the industrial plant technician internship program sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold in partnership with Yavapai College.
Bagdad High School offers the Mountain Institute JTED/Yavapai College program for welding and business and this year, MIJTED counselor Vince Myer and MIJTED board member Beth Cummins awarded 24 certificates.
Webster received special recognition for her year as vice president of media relations in the Arizona State Future Business Leaders of America organization, and Adrian Schleusener placed second in computer problem solving and business procedures at state competition. He now advances to national competition in Anaheim this summer.
In addition to awards for Student of the Year in each academic department, 12 local donors awarded scholarships ranging from $100 to $3,000. Donors included Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff's Posse and the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.
"Anyone can establish a scholarship fund for any reason and create his own eligibility criteria," Marvin said. "I help each donor work through a bit of paperwork, but it's a painless and very gratifying process and an admirable way to honor someone you love."
Those interested in establishing a scholarship at Bagdad High School may contact Marvin at 928-633-2201 or email@example.com.