Education Elevates Everyone

The mission of the Aspire Arizona Foundation is to create higher education opportunities in Payson, Arizona and the surrounding Rim Country. We believe education elevates everyone.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit

Aspire Arizona Foundation provides scholarship funding for local students to take college courses while still attending high school. Give your kids a head start on their college education! Read More >

I Aspire…

AAF congratulates all of our Aspire students! Since inception, 570 Payson Unified School District pupils have enrolled in college classes while in high school. Read More >

The challenge

Shape the Future

Your contribution can shape the future by helping a student get a head start on their college education.  Invest in the next generation and in the future of Payson. Read More >

Emeline Whaley was a 2022 Payson High School graduate.  Dual-credit classes made college a reality for her.  She got a head start on college, getting almost 40% of her bachelors prerequisites done through dual-credit classes.  In addition to the dual-credit scholarship, Emeline also received enough merit-based and local community scholarships to pay for the remaining portion of her college tuition.  Emeline’s interview …

Kajal Daya was 2019 valedictorian of Payson High School, graduating with a 4.2 grade point average.  She took full advantage of Aspire’s scholarship and earned a record number of dual-credit classes while in high school.  She is currently attending ASU and majoring in chemical engineering.  Kajal’s story …

Michael Cline, the fifth-generation Tonto Basin student was the 2020 Payson High School valedictorian and an Aspire Arizona Foundation dual-credit student, he has risen above the challenges. Michael’s story …

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