Dion’s is committed to youth development within the community and our stores. As such, we focus a multitude of existing efforts on the community, which can be found here. With this in mind, the Dion’s Scholarship was created to support the development of youth within our stores.
High School Senior and Currently-Enrolled College employees interested in the scholarship were invited to submit a written application, including an essay, for consideration. The scholarship application included questions about how the employee felt they had grown while working at Dion’s, and why they felt they should be awarded the scholarship. More than 50 applications were received. After the initial application, some applicants were invited to meet with The Dion’s Scholarship Board for an interview.
Dion’s Scholarship Winners are: Mary Arnhart and Bethany Johnson.
Arnhart volunteers her time tutoring math to Spanish-speaking students and participates in various community projects with Spanish and National Honor Societies. She is a state 6A Track and Field participant and top 10 GPA award recipient. Arnhart plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. In her application essay, she wrote about reaching her goals, stating, “I set high expectations for myself. I have always strived to achieve my goals independently. I want to be self-sufficient, and I am hoping to earn all the money I require for college so that I will not be in debt.”
Johnson is currently enrolled at the University of New Mexico. She is set to graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism with hopes to work for a local newspaper or magazine. Johnson spends time attending church, working for Dion’s, and expanding her knowledge of photography. She is currently on the Dean’s List and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In Johnson’s application essay, she wrote about the impact Dion’s has on her life, stating, “The skills I learned at Dion’s are not just skills I can use in a restaurant. They are skills I will take with me in every situation in life.”