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Third Graders Surprised with Free College Tuition at Phoenix Elementary School


Third graders at a Phoenix elementary school were surprised on Tuesday night with the news that they would receive full-ride scholarships to college.

The promise of scholarships for Madrid Neighborhood School's 89 third graders came from the Rosztoczy Foundation, an Avondale-based family foundation.

For students who graduate from the Alhambra Elementary School District and the Phoenix Union High School District and are accepted into college, the foundation will fund tuition and room and board for a four-year school or tuition and books at a community college.

Students who opt to attend private universities or public universities outside Arizona will receive the equivalent of in-state tuition at a public Arizona university toward their tuition costs, according to Tom Rosztoczy, who founded the scholarship program with his wife.

The foundation was started by Tom's father, a Hungarian refugee, to fund scholarships for Hungarian students to study or conduct research in the U.S. Its College Promise program began in 2012 when it offered full-ride college scholarships to third graders at Michael Anderson School in Avondale.


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