Jim Martin STEM Scholarship Recipients Announced

04-27-2022 ACC BOD Scholarship PresentationThe Jim Martin Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship Committee selected Ari Van Dijk, (Caurus Academy) and Jared Erisman, (Boulder Creek High School) to receive $1000 awards. Pictured on right, Bob McKenzie (ACC Board Chair), Abigail Chazan (Applicant), Jared Erisman (Scholarship Award Recipient), and Arie Van Dijk (Scholarship Award Recipient). Additional scholarship applicants recognized by the Anthem Community Council are Brooke Hoeder, Kamryn Turner, Marc Angelo Maquiling, Zachary Kellock, Alix Craft, and Carter Slaton. 

The Jim Martin Scholarship, named for the chief engineer of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, honors his mathematical and engineering talents, as well as his dedication to the Anthem community.
Tells, Anthem Way Foundation and Anthem Community Executive Director, Aaron Baker, “The applicants for the inaugural Jim Martin Scholarship award are nothing short of impressive. Each of the students is deserving of our attention and the decision to select only two students was quite difficult to make. We are pleased so many bright young graduates from our community will go on to pursue college degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

Arie Van Dijk will pursue a career in electrical engineering at Arizona State University Barrett Honors College. Arie is the student government president, captain of the basketball team, and served his community through assistance with Anthem Cares Through Service, St. Rose Food Pantry, and at numerous school events. One of his teachers described him as, “a team player and one of the brightest and most hardworking students in the school. His ability to draw insights from lessons is what makes him stand out.” His head basketball coach described him as “approachable and the first to volunteer, always willing to go the extra mile.”

Jared Erisman will study mechanical propulsion engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He noted he has chosen this field, “as it is exciting and a challenge (for him) to be able to make things possible that seem impossible, with mathematical and engineering certainty.” He served his community as a member of the Anthem Facilities Master Planning Committee, by packing and serving meals through St. Mary’s Food Bank, among other things. “He has set the bar high for dedication and work” and he, “impressed me with his drive and commitment to his education,” notes his engineering
teacher. His math teacher writes, “Jared is a smart and genuine young man; a leader within the class in mathematical pursuits and always helping fellow students understand the material when they have difficulty.”

The award-winning Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM), a project of the Anthem Community Council (ACC), is located in Anthem Community Park. The Memorial was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2011, and received Arizona Historic Landmark status six months later. Fundraising efforts and the sale of pavers in the Circle of Honor continue. To donate or to learn more about the Memorial, visit OnlineAtAnthem.com.

Jim Martin volunteered to serve as the chief engineer for the Anthem Veterans Memorial project. He developed the engineering specs, secured permits, determined material requirements, and served as the project manager for the build. His efforts guaranteed the key functioning elements of the Memorial so that at 11:11 a.m. on each Veterans Day (November 11), the sun’s rays shine a solar spotlight on the Great Seal of the United States. Jim Martin’s expertise and volunteerism exemplify the importance of sharing one’s talents to better one’s community.
The Jim Martin Stem Scholarship provides two $1000 annual scholarships to two Anthem, AZ residents and graduating high school students who have excelled in mathematics and exemplified service to the community. The scholarships are provided by the Anthem Way Foundation. The scholarships are made possible by two donors to the Anthem Way Foundation.

The Anthem Way Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to assist in the fundraising goals for the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The Foundation was established in 2011 for “providing services and raising funds for charitable, scientific, literary and education purposes.” The Foundation is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.