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IMPACT Chandler: Empowering Students & Strengthening Communities

IMPACT Chandler Program 2023 Statistics

Flagship program of the Chandler Education Foundation equips students with real-world skills and exposure to the needs of others - while having a profound effect on the Chandler community.  

In the heart of Chandler, Arizona, a remarkable initiative has been shaping the future of youth while leaving an indelible mark on the local community - for decades. The Chandler Education Foundation IMPACT program stands as a model of service leadership, equipping students with invaluable real-world skills while making a profound difference in Chandler community. 

Originally established as a recognition initiative to support the transition to higher education, it has since evolved into a transformative experience that bridges the gap between education and community engagement. Designed for students within the Chandler Unified School District, this flagship program celebrates academic excellence and commitment to community through three pillars: Scholarship, Presence, and Service.

Scholarship Excellence

Academic achievement is the cornerstone of the IMPACT program. Students who aspire to join this esteemed cohort must maintain a commendable 3.4 GPA, setting a high bar for excellence. Yet, the impressive statistics from the 2023 cohort reveal that these students are not just meeting expectations but surpassing them with an average GPA of 4.48. Their academic prowess not only reflects their dedication but also positions them as future leaders ready to excel in higher education and beyond.

Emphasizing Presence

In a digital age where absenteeism may seem inconsequential, the IMPACT program underscores the importance of presence. By requiring a minimum attendance rate, the program instills the value of commitment and engagement within the local community. After all, making a meaningful impact necessitates active participation and genuine connection.

Service to the Community

Perhaps the most defining aspect of the IMPACT Chandler program is its emphasis on service. Through a rigorous requirement of 100 hours of community volunteering, students are immersed in the realities of Chandler's diverse landscape. From feeding the hungry to advocating for the marginalized, these young changemakers embrace their role as active and embedded members of the community. 

Local Impact, Global Reach

The ripple effects of the IMPACT program extend far beyond the confines of the school district. In 2023 alone, IMPACT students collectively dedicated over 21,000 hours to various community service endeavors. Their contributions spanned a myriad of causes, from environmental conservation to social justice, leaving an indelible imprint on the fabric of Chandler.

Celebrating Achievement

At graduation ceremonies across CUSD, the distinctive IMPACT honor cords serve as symbols of dedication and service. For the 165 seniors who proudly wore them, it signified not only personal achievement but also a commitment to the greater good. And for the 76 recipients of the prestigious IMPACT Scholarship, it marked a continuation of their journey as catalysts for positive change.

Spirit of Transformation

Beyond accolades and recognition, the IMPACT program embodies the spirit of transformation. By nurturing the talents and aspirations of CUSD students, the program cultivates a skilled workforce, fosters economic growth, and instills a sense of pride and unity within the Chandler community. Through their collective efforts, students emerge not only as academically proficient individuals but also as compassionate leaders poised to make a lasting impact on society.

In essence, the IMPACT program transcends being just a recognition initiative; it's a testament to the power of education, service, and community. As we invest in the future of our students, we simultaneously invest in the prosperity and vitality of our community. Together, we can continue to empower the next generation of changemakers and build a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

The deadline for the 2024 IMPACT Scholarship is April 8. IMPACT seniors are invited to submit their applications online via the Chandler Education Foundation application platform. 

If you would like to support this extraordinary group of students, we welcome financial donations to our IMPACT fund year-round via our website. We thank you in advance for your generosity and contribution to our community. 


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