American Youth Football (AYF) has awarded three local youths $500 scholarships each to help offset their academic costs as part of its annual awards.
The Southern Arizona winners who are part of the Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation:
Nissie Bella Arellano (Tucson Wildcats) — Carl Allegretti Scholarship
Julia Estrada (Vail Vikings) — Northwest Designs Scholarship
Jackson Klump (Sahuarita 49ers) — AYF Region Scholarship
TYFSF submitted 96 applications for scholarships, according to president Julius Holt. Tucson/Southern Arizona was the only area to have a winner in all three scholarship categories.
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