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New scholarship program available for San Tan Valley high school seniors

Amanda Pinkerton, a local resident and real estate agent, has launched the program and students interested in applying for the $1,000 scholarship are invited to write an essay about San Tan Valley and submit it to her Pinkerton Properties website by July 25. The winner will be announced on Aug. 1.

Local resident and real estate agent Amanda Pinkerton has launched a new $1,000 college scholarship program for San Tan Valley high school students from the graduating Class of 2024.

"I'm excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for graduating high school seniors in San Tan Valley," said Pinkerton, with HomeSmart Lifestyles. "The scholarship is designed to support students in their college pursuits and aims to recognize and reward an exceptional student who finds greatness within our community." 

She said she was inspired to offer the Pinkerton Properties Scholarship Program based on her own family's experiences.

"When my daughters applied for scholarships it was incredibly disappointing that despite their stellar academics, sports achievements and volunteer hours, there was very little success," Pinkerton explained. "I want to provide one more opportunity for students, increasing their odds of being awarded $1,000 by limiting applicants to only those who live in San Tan Valley. I see this scholarship as a way to not only support local students, but also to connect with the community on a deeper level. I’m so excited to read their essays.” 

Students interested in applying for the scholarship on her website are invited to write a 500- to 600-word essay on any of the following:

  • Tell us “What it Means to be a Good Neighbor in San Tan Valley.”
  • Tell us about something neighborly you’ve seen around town, or what you have you done to be a good neighbor?
  • Tell us about your favorite memories in town with your friends or family.
  • Write a letter to a friend from another country telling them about San Tan Valley. Talk about things to do, your favorite places to visit, a day in your life, or what makes San Tan Valley great to you.
  • A local vlogger is filming a series on the “top places to visit in San Tan Valley.” Create a tour around San Tan Valley… Where would you send them, and why?

Entries are due by July 25 and the winner will be announced on Aug. 1.

In addition to their essay, applicants’ parents’ are required to register at and provide contact information.

Pinkerton noted that this scholarship program is part of her ongoing commitment to support local schools through sports sponsorships, school donations, teacher appreciation gifts and volunteering in the community.

"I love to give back to the community that has supported my business over the years," she said.

More information about the scholarship program and application details can be found here.