Two Benedictine students receive $10,000 Mesa Educates U awards

September 2, 2014

Mesa, Arizona ~ Two Benedictine University at Mesa students, Elizabeth Sanchez and Adrian Inclan, recently earned prestigious 2014 Mesa Educates U. scholarships, which awards students with a $10,000 annual scholarship to help with the cost of their education.

Sanchez, a Mesa resident and graduate of Mesa High School, is a Management and Organizational Behavior major at Benedictine, and Inclan, also a Mesa resident and a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Arizona Virtual Academy and a Psychology major.

Mesa Educates U is a City of Mesa initiative founded by former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith to bring higher education to downtown Mesa. The program helped attract Benedictine University – the first four year Catholic university campus in Arizona. Eligibility requirements for the Mesa Educates U Scholarship include Mesa residency, demonstrating strong academic performance and having a strong financial need.

Two Benedictine students from Westwood High School received the 2013 Mesa Educates U scholarships.

Francisco Reyes and Lesly Herrera, both first-generation college students and Jo Wilson Leadership Institute participants, received the 2013 Mesa Educates U awards. The Jo Wilson Leadership Institute at Benedictine is a collaboration between the University and high schools in Mesa that allows a select group of primarily incoming freshmen to participate in a specialized leadership training program that is customized for each student based upon their career interests.
Reyes is a Management and Organizational Behavior major at Benedictine and Herrera is majoring in Psychology.

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.

Benedictine University at Mesa has adopted “Redhawks” as the name of its sports teams. Student-athletes will begin competing in men’s and women’s cross country, golf, tennis and volleyball this fall. Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and baseball are planned for the 2015-16 academic year.

Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2015 Semester. Classes begin January 12.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit or Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, or contact (602) 888-5533 or 


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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