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Elizabeth Ludwig Memorial Scholarship Supports Tempe Union Graduates’ Dreams

Post Date:05/18/2017 11:39 AM

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Six Tempe Union High School District graduates will have their futures brightened thanks to a scholarship granted to them from their second-grade teacher and her family.

Ten years ago, Elizabeth Ludwig started her career at Tempe Elementary School District as a second-grade teacher at Nevitt Elementary. Originally from Illinois, Ms. Ludwig had moved to Arizona to start her budding career as a passionate teacher at our school district. In that same year, our school community was devastated when Ms. Ludwig passed away in a car accident during spring break.

Ms. Ludwig’s parents have been saving and raising funds to be able to give back to their daughter’s class of students, whom she cared for deeply. Ms. Ludwig’s parents reached out to Tempe Elementary School District as well as the Tempe Union High School District to locate as many students from their daughter’s class that they could.

This week, six students from Ms. Ludwig’s class will be graduating from high school and have been awarded scholarships to pursue their career and academic goals under the Elizabeth Ludwig Memorial Scholarship.

Ariana Sanuda and Sara Martinez Serrano, upcoming graduates of Mountain Pointe High School, are both very excited to be able to pursue their passion of becoming a nurse thanks to the Elizabeth Ludwig Memorial Scholarship.

Sanuda and Martinez Serrano credit their parents and family members for their desire to pursue higher education. Both of their parents did not have the opportunity to go to college and are excited for this scholarship, which will undoubtedly make a difference in Sanuda and Martinez Serrano’s lives.

“Education is truly a privilege,” said Martinez Serrano. “I know there are a lot of people out there who want to go to college but are unable to for a lot of different reasons.”

“My parents were the most influential in my decision to pursue a college career,” said Sanuda. “I want to make them proud and give back everything and more that they gave to me.”

Senuda and Martinez Serrano also believe that their career goals are similar to that of their former teacher Ms. Ludwig because of their strong will to help make an impact in the lives of children and adults.

“Caring for children and helping their families is what I would like to do in my career,” said Martinez Serrano. “Every day I want to impact somebody, in a positive way.”

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ms. Ludwig’s family for their generous donation of scholarships to six Tempe Elementary School District alums, and soon to be alums of the Tempe Union High School District! You have made a big impact in the lives of these young people.

Congratulations to all 2017 high school graduates! Below are the names of the six recipients of the Elizabeth Ludwig Memorial Scholarship.

Pilar V. Alvarez

Deandre J. Hughes

Maria F. Islas

Adrian R. Montiel

Sara Martinez Serrano

Ariana Sanudo