Winning the Ted Pettet Mogollon Sporting Alliance Scholarship can mean the difference between attending a student’s university of choice and a smaller, less expensive college.
For proof, just ask Maddie Nossek, one of last year’s two scholarship winners.
Throughout her senior year, Nossek had her sights set on attending Arizona State University and becoming a member of the Sun Devil track and field team.
But with university tuition and other costs skyrocketing, she and her family were facing some tough financial decisions.
In May, Maddie learned she was one of the recipients of the $2,000 Pettet Scholarship and that amount was enough to allow her to fulfill her dream of attending ASU.
Her father, Scott, explains how the scenario unfolded.
“Maddie was an ‘invited walk-on’ (at ASU) with no track scholarship money… many on the team start that way and can earn their track money by scoring at PAC-10 meets,” he said. “With the academic scholarship and local scholarships, MSA Pettet was the big one, she was able to pay for everything her first year.”
Today, Maddie is shining academically at ASU and is showing her usual zest as she prepares for the outdoor season.
“She is excited to make an impact and is very happy with her decision to go to ASU,” said her father.
It’s obvious Maddie is making an impact at ASU because she is featured on the university’s track and field Web site and in media guides. On both, along with her picture and profile listing Payson as her hometown, are her high school accomplishments and personal biography showing she is majoring in nutrition.
She lists her hobbies as “cooking, playing music, the beach and working with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.”
Deadline is April 1
Maddie’s earning of the Pettet Scholarship can serve as a motivation for current PHS seniors planning on attending a college or university next school year.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors who have lettered in a varsity sport or band.
“We know how important it is for students to do things successfully outside the classroom,” Pettet said. “So we want to honor that.”
Also, applicants will be judged on financial need.
The deadline for applying is April 1 and applications are available in the Payson High School counseling offices.
The founding of the scholarships was announced in 2009 during a PHS basketball game.
MSA member Gary Barcom, an MSA co-founder along with Pettet, said the scholarships were named in Pettet’s honor because of his many contributions to the town and school district. Pettet was Payson’s first mayor, once coached basketball and baseball, founded the track and field team and taught at the school for 22 years. He was also a Payson High School athletic director, a Little League coach and served on Gila Community College’s board of directors.
“It is an honor to be recognized and a privilege to have lived in Payson for the last 50 years,” Pettet said.
The MSA funds the scholarships through its benefits and fund-raising events, including the annual banquet, auction and raffle held each spring.