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Varsity Awards

Varsity Awards are directed by the APS Education Foundation's student board members to address a student-informed need.

Applications for the Varsity Award are by invitation only, based on the interests of the APS Education Foundation's student board members.

Previous Award Winners:

In 2017-18, the Varsity Awards made a $21,314.00 grant to the AVID program for college visits.

In 2018-2019, the Varsity Awards made a $20,000 grant to the APS College and Career Counseling Department to help students prepare for college entrance exams. As a result, the ACT Prep Program was created. Funding enabled APS students to complete a full-length ACT practice test, including a 2-hour review session to go over test results and tips on how to improve scores. The program was a huge success, with 11 out of the 13 traditional high schools participating. To date, nearly 150 students have taken the practice ACT test. In addition, 5 students received a college and career scholarship to assist with college tuition costs.

The Varsity Award continues to support college and career prep in partnership with APS Counseling.  In the 2020-2021 school year, the Varsity Award funded $17,000 for ACT/SAT workshops, AP exam fees and also awarded 7 scholarships.

2021 Varsity Award Scholarship Winners Announcement

APSEF would like to congratulate the 2021 Varsity Award Scholarship Winners! Thank you to the College and Career Resource Counselors for spreading the word on this opportunity.  We received over 1,000 entries from across the district!

The winners are:
Shelton Foust, Eldorado High School 
Celeste Kunzler, La Cueva High School
Taryn Lau, Volcano Vista High School
Helena Rodriguez, Eldorado High School 
Scott Salyer, Eldorado High School
Isabella Storms, La Cueva High School
Kim Duyen Vo, Manzano High School

Click here to view our 2021 Varsity Award Scholarship announcement video!


Lawren McConnell
Grants Manager
Tel: (505) 880-3708