Walden Grove High School’s Class of 2021 established this Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of Raul “Ralph” Alvarado. Raul was born on February 3, 1967, in Kingman, AZ and grew up in Seligman, AZ. He passed away December 10, 2020. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. Raul retired from the Arizona Department of Corrections, where he worked in Winslow and Tucson. He was also employed by the Sahuarita School District for 10 years from 2010 - 2020. He was a Walden Grove campus monitor, a security aide, a big supporter of all athletes and a friend to all. He greeted students with a smile every morning and at all sports events and he kindly offered help to anyone in need. Raul’s big heart touched the lives of so many students, staff, friends, and the Sahuarita Community. He will always be remembered for his big smile, vibrant laughter, and great stories. Each year this scholarship will be awarded to a Walden Grove high school senior to assist with costs in attending the college of their choice. To be considered for the scholarship applicants may be applying to attend any two or four-year public, private, university, community, or trade school. Well-rounded high school seniors who demonstrate random acts of kindness & volunteer service to their community are encouraged to apply.
The Sahuarita Unified School District, in Southern Arizona, encompasses a geographic area of 606 square miles, employs about 860 people and has 6.493 students enrolled.
Established in 2003, the Sahuarita Education Enrichment Foundation supports teacher mini-grants, college scholarships, the preschool program at Sopori Elementary, the LINK before- and after-school care program, and the Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program, as well as provides resources for educational needs that are not covered by the district's regular budget. Most recently, the Foundation facilitated in raising money to support special initiatives including: Anza Trail's fundraising efforts for band uniforms, Walden Grove's student council summer training program, Anza Trail and Sahuarita Primary School A+ School of Excellence spirit shirts, Sahuarita Intermediate's emergency kit supplies, Copper View's Lego robotic kits, Sahuarita Middle School's after-school sewing program, and Sahuarita High School's media technology program.