Donor Recognition

Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship

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Donor Name
Grant and Carol Gary


Scholarship Background
The Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the life of homeschooled student, Evan C. Gary: son of Grant and Carol Gary, a GCU alumni. Evan had a keen interest in mechanical engineering, historical science, and biology and had hoped to one day attend GCU. Through his various projects and creative interests, he had an even bigger heart to see that those around him knew the saving love of Jesus Christ. At the age of 12, Evan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. With his whole family by his side, he sought treatment over a 25-month period at four different internationally known medical institutions across the United States. As he bravely battled cancer in all of these various settings and circumstances, Evan continued to excel in most everything he did while maintaining a positive attitude and an eternal perspective on life. Once a person met Evan, their life was changed forever and for the better. The evening before he passed away, at the age of 14, Evan declared, “I’m going to serve Jesus and Him alone. I’m going to focus on what is right. How about you?” It is, therefore, the hope of Evan’s parents that his words continue to live on and inspire the dedicated, home-educated youth of tomorrow who seek to faithfully pursue their respective field in engineering, science, or pre-medicine at GCU.


Alex Acosta Memorial Scholarship

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Donor Name
Alex and Deenna Acosta


Scholarship Background
The Alex Acosta Memorial Scholarship was created to continue the legacy of Alex Acosta, Jr, son of Alex and Deeanna Acosta, brother of Nicole Acosta, who lost his life at 23 years of age. Alex was very active in soccer throughout his years and was accomplishing his lifetime dream of becoming a fireman with the Phoenix Fire Department. This scholarship was established to help others achieve their dreams and goals and discover their life’s purpose while pursuing their continued educational goals from Grand Canyon University.
Alex’s parents would like to encourage students to always remember their faith, to work diligently toward their purpose, and to finish with honor.


If you wish to support any of these scholarships, please make your check payable to:
GCU Scholarship Foundation and write in the memo line name of scholarship you are funding.
Please mail check to:
Madeline Winney, Executive Director
Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation
24 W. Camelback Road, Suite A-407
Phoenix, Arizona  85013
Phone: 602/206-4465
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