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David Snider

SIGNAL PEAK — Central Arizona College is in the process of establishing a new scholarship fund to honor a Casa Grande resident who was a big supporter of education and veterans causes.

Organizers of the David Snider Veterans Scholarship Endowment hope to begin issuing scholarships to students in the fall of 2022.

“David touched the lives of hundreds of people through his history of public service,” said Margaret E.C. Dooley, CAC executive director of institutional development. “He was passionate about supporting education, veterans and helping to build a stronger and healthier community.”

The scholarship fund is aimed at creating a lasting tribute to Snider for his contributions to CAC, the community and Pinal County, she said.

“The Board of Directors of CAC Foundation wanted to honor him for all he did for CAC and the community,” she said. “After speaking with Merrilyn Ridgeway, David’s partner, the effort to establish the David Snider Veterans Scholarship began in late spring 2021 with initial donations from the foundation board members, family, friends and companies.”

Adam Hawkins, a member of the CAC Foundation Board of Directors and president of Global External Relations, and Jackie Guthrie, president, CAC Foundation Board of Directors, are co-leading the effort to establish the scholarship along with the foundation Board of Directors.

Snider served for seven years on the CAC Foundation board and championed the Promise for the Future, now the Pinal Promise, tuition-free program for Pinal County students, Dooley said.

The new scholarship program will cover educational expenses for four years at CAC for a veteran or a veteran’s spouse, partner or child.

Scholarship organizers have raised about $30,000 so far. They hope to have $65,000 raised before the first scholarship is granted.

“We encourage friends of David to use social media to spread the word about honoring David with a donation to the scholarship fund,” Dooley said.

Snider, a longtime civic leader, died in January.

At the time, he was serving as president of the Casa Grande Elementary School District’s Governing Board and also as a commissioner for the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

His career in public service began in 1977 when he started a 26-year career as the Casa Grande library director. He later went on to serve on the Casa Grande Elementary School District board, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, the Pinal County Water Augmentation Authority board and various other boards and commissions.

“David invested himself in building a stronger, healthier community for Casa Grande, Pinal County and Arizona,” Dooley said. “For decades he dedicated himself especially to the Casa Grande Elementary School District board. At the time of his premature death in 2021, he was once again president of that board.”

He was a supporter of various veterans causes. His parents both served in World War II.

As part of the outreach fundraising effort, foundation board members and CAC staff plan to visit organizations, associations and other entities as well as sending invitations to support the scholarship community-wide.

Those who would like to give to the scholarship fund may donate online at or by sending a check payable to Central Arizona College Foundation, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128.

Those with questions may contact Maggie Dooley by calling 520-494-5215 or by email,


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at