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Arnall Community Funds Award Nearly $3 Million to Oklahoma Nonprofits

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that seven Oklahoma nonprofits will receive a total of $2,883,880 in grants through the Arnall Community Funds.

The Arnall Community Funds were established earlier this year through an $85 million gift from the Arnall Family Foundation to the Community Foundation. Since 2015, the Arnall Family Foundation has donated more than $75 million to support organizations creating lasting change. The Arnall Community Funds at the Community Foundation will continue that work, allowing the Arnall Family Foundation to focus on program development and fostering relationships with partners while benefiting from the Community Foundation’s extensive administrative and asset management experience.

“By partnering with the Community Foundation to create the Arnall Community Funds, we are able to expand our impact and quickly deploy funds to empower community partners to create lasting and transformative improvements,” said Sue Ann Arnall, founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation. “The proven success of the programs selected for the first round of Community Fund grants is impressive, and we are excited to support their efforts to combat inequity in our society and build a stronger and more vibrant community.”

“The Community Foundation is honored to assist the Arnall Family Foundation in their mission to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma,” added Nancy Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “Through their programs and grants over the past several years, they have built a reputation as a leader working to combat some of our community’s greatest challenges and we are proud to partner with them as they continue this mission.”

The first Arnall Community Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Arnall Community Fund – Criminal Justice Reform

  • Heartline | $61,000
  • City Care, Inc. | $61,000

Arnall Community Fund – Foster Care & Juvenile Justice

  • Marland’s Place | $83,646
  • NorthCare | $99,134
  • Western Plains Youth & Family Services | $125,000
  • RestoreOKC, Inc. | $1,000,000

Arnall Community Fund – Animal Welfare

  • Oklahoma Humane Society | $1,454,100

$300,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 150 Central Oklahoma Students

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has selected 150 central Oklahoma high school graduating seniors to receive a $2,000 scholarship through the Foundation’s Community Foundation Scholars program. Fifty-four of the students will be the first in their families to attend college.

The students represent 53 high schools in central Oklahoma that participate in the Community Foundation’s Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network.

Carla Cedillos-Ponce and Oscar Gonzalez stand outside Capitol Hill High School after receiving their Community Foundation Scholars award box.

The Community Foundation Scholars program is one of more than 150 scholarship opportunities at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation that benefit around 800 students with a total of $2 million every year. The program is available to graduating high school seniors who attend one of 53 high schools in central Oklahoma that participate in the Community Foundation’s Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network. The award goes to good students who are active in their communities but who may not be eligible for the most competitive academic scholarships, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“Receiving this scholarship will give me the opportunity to have a better work future,” said Oscar Gonzalez, a Capitol Hill High School senior. “It will give me financial stability for various materials and needs I’ll have on my educational journey, allowing me the peace of mind to focus on my school work.”

Following are the Community Foundation Scholars recipients for the 2021-22 academic year:

ASTEC Charter School: Kimberly Alvarez, Jhojary Galvez-Lopez, Keirin Lopez, Angelica Rodriguez Vega, Brisa Rosas, Nancy Sierra

Bethany High School: Juan Gonzalez, Margarita Rojas-Lopez

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School: Catherine Price

Capitol Hill High School: Carla Cedillos-Ponce, Oscar Gonzalez

Carl Albert High School: Ezra Gustafson, Alexis Williams

Casady School: Christian Powell

Choctaw High School: Makynna Gentry, Brianna Jolly, Gabriel Lopez, Raina Patterson

Christian Heritage Academy: Elyse McAllister

Classen School of Advanced Studies: Lauren Glover, Keyonte Hammon, Marcus Harris, Lan Nguyen, Guillermo Safores

Community Christian School: Hayden Horn

Crooked Oak High School: Jesus Solis

Crossings Christian School: Michael Haley

Deer Creek High School: Reed Eden, Kyla Hofstee, Shelby Johnson, Kimberlyn Russell

Del City High School: Tyzai Burris, Katlyn Ward

Douglass High School: Emely Cervantes-Basabe, Donye McDonald

Dove Science Academy OKC: Maria Ceniceros, Wendy Charqueno, Aldo Garcia, Jared Rubio

Edmond Memorial High School: Gavin Chenier, Austin Null, Rachel Weathers, Bryce Williams

Edmond North High School: Jeffery Biswas, Guilherme Esteves, Bennett Ferrell, Natalie Middlebrook

Edmond Santa Fe High School: Meredith Austin, Kara George, Daylen Gipson, Ricardo Gutierrez

El Reno High School: Madison Craig, Emma Gilliland, Erick Loera

Emerson North High School: Breona Spencer

Emerson South High School: Karlee Tevis

Guthrie High School: Bella Chavez, Anaiah Pfeiffer

Harding Charter Preparatory School: Eric Franco, Yoselin Herrera, Kylie Kanclerowicz, Jazmin Ponce, Jasmine Rivas, Fernando Rojas Jr., Cydne Swanson, Yvette Tavarez,

Harding Fine Arts Academy: Andrea Sandoval, Melanie Toledo, Maria Vazquez, Nicole Wangugi

Harrah High School: Britney Oehler

Heritage Hall: Jackson Pellow

John Marshall High School: Malik Edd, Lailah Meeks

Jones High School: Omar Hernandez, Peggy Lail

Luther High School: Evan Hughes, William Northcutt

Midwest City High School: Lainee DeLise, Landon Thomas

Millwood High School: Nevaeh Golson, Desmond Green, Ja’Varia Proctor

Moore High School: Ramona Cox-Moscatello, Ellie Neidel, Kelly Rojo Reyes, Nicholas Shumate

Mount St. Mary High School: Drew Faires, Myrka Gomez, Edgar Morales

Mustang High School: Jake Campbell, Natalie Hill, Kelsey Newlun

Norman High School: Jacob Chapmond, Trinity Starr,Sahil Tamboli

Norman North High School: Abby Schultz, Anna Schulz, Harlee Worthy,

Northwest Classen High School: Mario Chavez, Jessica Lopez, Jangston Nguyen

Oklahoma Christian Academy: Olivia Rogers

Oklahoma Christian School: Dylan Scott

Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics: Xinyan Jiang, Ashley Mathew

Piedmont High School: Sahray Esquivel, Kevin Nguyen, Connor Porter, Jocelyn Quinones, Gabriel Rhone-Dunn

Putnam City High School: Richard Chuong, Cassandra Cynova, Kavonne Granger, Ashley Perez, Trakel Pinkston, Lizett Velasco

Putnam City North High School: Olivia Gearhart, Eryonna Knox, Kimora Littleton, Lola Massad, Sharon Santos Burton, Alexandria Wimp

Putnam City West High School: Shelby Escobar, Hannah Hester, Alfredo Montoya

Santa Fe South High School: Magaly Franco, Mia Frayre, Gustavo Gonzalez, Joanna Morales-Toledo, Zulema Orquiz, Arelly Ortiz Rojo

Southeast High School: Vanessa Franco,Gerardo Guerrero

Southmoore High School: Keaira Bowens, Dakota Hutchison, Mark Mosher, Joel Woodland

Star Spencer High School: Jenifer Carrillo

U.S. Grant High School: Francisco Meza, Rosaura Reyes, Angela Salinas-Vargas

Western Heights High School: Christyan Barnett, Dalyla Bullard, Star Langkeit

Westmoore High School: Cecilia Alali, Leslie Pham

Yukon High School: Caleb  Ankrom, Kenna Mock, Caleb Pendleton