Pinnacle Auto Glass Scholarship - $1000 Award

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The winner of the Pinnacle Auto Glass scholarship for September 2019 is Ari M. of Chandler, AZ!

We will add her winning essay to this page in the next day or two, and get her cashier's check on the way later this week.

For everyone who entered, thank you! We will be announcing a new scholarship on this page in the next 1-2 weeks, with the same prize of $1000. The winner for our next scholarship will be chosen in January 2020.


About Our Scholarship

We started the Pinnacle Auto Glass Scholarship program in 2017. Our goal with this program is to help support innovative young minds who share our passion for local business. We choose 1 winner each year for this scholarship.

How Much Does the Winner Receive?

The cash value of this scholarship is $1000!

Funds are sent in the form of a cashier's check to the winner's school. Cashier's check will be made out to the winner's name.

When Does the Winner Receive Their Money?

A cashier's check made out to the winner will be sent to their school within 1 week of the winner being announced on September 16, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

This scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in a high school or college program with any properly-accredited American high school, college or university.

In order to participate in this scholarship program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must currently be enrolled in a high school or college program with a properly-accredited American high school, college or university.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Must apply for the scholarship via form on this page and provide your name, address and the name of the high school or college institution you are attending, plus your written essay.
  • Must submit your application by the form on this page by the deadline of August 31, 2019.

2019 Important Dates

Submission final date: Saturday, August 31, 2019

Winner announcement: Monday, September 16, 2019

$1,000 cashier's check will be sent directly to the high school, college or university of the winner in the winner's name.

Entry Form

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2018 Winner

For all those who entered our 2018 scholarship contest (~160 entries), thank you!

Everyone is welcome to reapply for 2019 as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

The winner of the 2018 Pinnacle Auto Glass Scholarship was Nicole S. from Mountain Pointe High School High School in Phoenix, AZ.

2018 Winning Essay

Local businesses are a cornerstone of the community and surrounding organizations. Not only are local businesses stories of hardwork and success but prove to support the surrounding community.

I am the president of Mountain Pointe High School's thriving robotics team. Two years ago we made it to the world championships and had to raise $40,000 in order to go. I headed the task of raising the money and was successful in my venture.

Upon arriving home, I started a business side of the robotics team in order to raise funds to attend competition. I reached out to large companies such as Google, Apple, and many more but they did not end up donating any funds to help my team thrive.

I started reaching out to do demonstrations at local engineering companies and asking for the sponsorship of my team. Little did I know, the amount of support these local companies had to support the STEM knowledge of my continuously growing team. Through this, I was able to raise $15,000 for my team as a cushion.

These sponsors are not big brand names but supportive individuals that are interested in the skills kids are developing while still in high school. This past year, we again qualified for worlds but our team had since doubled which mean the price doubled to $80,000.

With this cushion of money from local business, my team was able to go to the World Championships in Houston. The businesses respond to our emails, come to our school, and like to keep updated on our general well-being. Thanks to local businesses our team and many other clubs on my high schools campus can thrive.

Another example of this is Pomegranate Cafe. This cafe has always supported robotics and the theater club through holding dinner fundraisers. They provide food and funds for these clubs in order to support high schoolers education. There are countless more examples of local businesses impacting my school but this year I got to see their utmost support for the general community.

This year, I was a prime organizer for March For Our Lives. I was one of the orchestrators for the march that took place at the capital with over 15,000 attendees. The week before the March the organizer group decided that we wanted to sell bumper stickers with our logos and slogan on it in order to raise money for or future endeavors.

I called our local print shop and talked to the owner about the possible donation. They donated 500 bumper stickers within three days because of our late notice. This company showed their dedication to the young community by taking a risk to support a political endeavor.

Some bustling cities do not have a large amount of local businesses but many towns or cities thrive because of them. I was fortunate to visit Canada a couple of years ago, and the amazing thing I witnessed is that every store and restaurant is different. Unlike most of the United States, Canada's economy was being run by those local businesses that catered to the individuals in the community. Every town had something new and exciting to see or visit.

Local businesses impact my high school community immensely by supporting our club's endeavors. Local businesses care about the individual people in the community rather than just the economy and turning profit.

Local businesses are success stories that inspire coming of age people, like myself, to work hard and take a risk to follow my passion. Due to local businesses, there is a large array of culture and diversity in between towns. Local businesses are a prominent feature of today's society.

About Pinnacle Auto Glass

Our team has offered high quality auto glass and windshield services to customers in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area for 20+ years.

We specialize in newer vehicles, and we go right to each customer's chosen location anywhere in Phoenix (and most locations within 100 miles). We can handle anything from a complete windshield replacement at a personal residence in Buckeye to a quick chip repair in downtown Tempe.

Learn more about our company here, and our Phoenix-area auto glass services here.

Common cities in the Greater Phoenix Area we service include:

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