To our 2021 Scholarships winners!

WGAZ is proud to offer scholarships every year. These scholarships go to students attending an institution of higher education who also exhibit passion for the sport of the arts as well as commitment and dedication to whatever they pursue. Applicants are asked to submit an application, two letters of recommendation, transcripts and an essay detailing the impact WGAZ has had on their personal lives as well as explaining their potential use and or need for the scholarship.

The WGAZ scholarship committee reviewed a number of very strong applicants for this year’s scholarship program. It was very rewarding and exciting to read through their essays. WGAZ is truly lucky to have such talented and intelligent members as a part of its organization and every one of these students is a great asset to this activity.

This year, a total of $3000.00 will be given to individuals who received the highest scores from the Scholarship Committee.

Our first winner, receiving an award of $1000,

Hailey Mills from Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble & Flux Indoor Percussion

Hailey is a senior at Casa Grande H.S. Hailey participates in both the Casa Grande Indoor Percussion and the Flux Indoor Percussion. She is a member of the National Honors Society and Link Crew. She is currently the President of her Young Woman’s Class as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. After graduation, she will be attending Brigham Young University to study English and Creative Writing. She plans to audition for the BYU marching band and continue her love of music. Congratulations, Hailey! We wish you all the best!

Our second winner, receiving an award of $500,

Mirei Proto from Basha HS Indoor Percussion!

Mirei is a senior at Basha HS. Mirei has been part of the Basha HS Indoor percussion for 4 years. She has also participated in sports such as track and Field and softball. Outside of school she has won various first-place awards in the market and showmanship categories while showing pigs. Mirei plans to attend ASU and study Biomedical Engineering. She also plans to march in DCI and WGI, likely in an Arizona-based group. Shortly after graduating college, she would like to either be working for the Central Intelligence Agency, researching science for the government, or serving her country in the military, while also pursuing a PhD in Chemistry. Congratulations Mirei! We wish you all the best!

Our third winner, receiving a scholarship of $500,

Aurelie Wisdom from Gilbert Black!

Aurelie has participated in colorguard for the last 4 years. She was selected as guard captain her sophomore year. She marched with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2019. She plans to enrolled in Arizona State University for the Fall semester, where she will study dance performance. Aurelie wants to audition for the Color guard team and also the dance teams on campus. She would like to become a color guard instructor for highschool students and have the opportunity to help young students perfect their skills in color guard and discover a passion for spinning. Congratulations, Aurelie! We wish you all the best!

Our fourth winner, receiving a scholarship of $500,

Emily Myers from ASU Prep SunDevils!

Emily has been part of the ASU Prep colorguard for the last 7 years, in which she has served as captain the last two and as a coach for our elementary guards. She has an incredible appreciation for extracurricular activities. She has participated in Key Club, NHS, News Junkies, Student Council, Swim, and Volleyball. Outside of school she volunteers with her church by serving on the childcare, welcome and leadership teams. After HS she plans to ASU and major in Kinesiology, with hopes to become an occupational therapist. She says she simply loves the idea of giving back to the community that helped her become the person she is today. She plans to audition for ASU’s marching band, as well as well as Fenix Independent Guard. Congratulations, Emily! We wish you all the best!

And our final winner, receiving a scholarship of $500,

Alana Harris from Williams Field Black!

Alana is a senior at Williams Field H.S. She has participated in colorguard since 5th grade. She has also been a member of the Marching Band. This year she is a member of the Black Student Union, a new club that was introduced at Williams Field. This club provides an outlet for students to strive for unity and embrace equality in all forms by creating a safe environment through awareness and education. In the fall, she plans to attend CGCC to complete her Pre-Requisites. Then she plans to attend ASU where she hopes to join the Nursing Program to obtain a bachelor's degree of Science in Nursing. Restoring community health is something that is especially important to her and that she feels is beneficial to others. Alana! We wish you all the best!

Thank you to all of the members who applied, and to all of the instructors and staff who encourage and inspire their students each and every day! Congratulations to all of our winners!