Flights and Food - Bear Scholar Graduation Stories

Chanelle Schintler as Student
Chanelle Schintler graduation photo 2018
Carlos Rodriguez graduation photo 2018
Carlos Rodriguez graduation photo 2018
May 21, 2018

Alumni Bear Scholar Graduates

Chanelle Schintler ’18 and Carlos Rodriguez Rios ’18 are now proud graduates of Phoenix College and the Alumni Bear Scholarship Program. Students who successfully apply to the scholarship and mentorship program are awarded an academic scholarship and matched with an alumni mentor while they pursue their associate degree.

Full-time Bear Scholarship students are awarded funds for tuition (up to 12 credit hours). To be eligible for the Bear Scholarship, students must earn (and maintain) a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need, exhibit a clear passion for helping the local community, and display strong communication skills in sharing their compelling story with others.

Chanelle Schintler

Chanelle Schintler ’18, started as a new Phoenix College Alumni Association (PCAA) Bear Scholar in the fall of 2015 with an intent to graduate with a business marketing degree. She was matched with mentor and PCAA Engagement Council Member, Miguel Andrade ’14.

Nearly three years later, Schintler is grateful for the advice and life experience shared by her mentor. She appreciated that her mentor, a businessman and entrepreneur, had once been in her shoes. Schintler graduated from PC this month with her business degree and will transfer to Arizona State University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing, with an emphasis in communication.

Schintler dreams one day to join the public relations side of a major airline. She was bitten by the traveling bug after following in her father’s footsteps – working at Sky Harbor International Airport. She recalls special memories of travelling across the country with him and hearing stories from other travelers.

Likewise, the stories and advice she heard from her mentor, PC’s alumni and development staff, and other students in the Bear Scholar Program contributed to Schintler’s overall education and helped to make a difference in shaping her future.

Everyone I’ve met on this journey has helped in different parts of my education and their advice will help me in my future overall – Chanelle Schintler

Schintler hopes that future Bear Scholars will heed her advice:

Be grateful for the opportunity to be a scholar. It not only helps financially, but it keeps you motivated to succeed – Chanelle Schintler

Carlos Rodriguez Rios

Carlos Rodriguez Rios ’18, joined the PCAA Bear Scholarship Program in Fall of 2015. He graduated from PC this May with an associate degree in business communications and culinary studies. Rodriguez hopes one day to own his own restaurant.

During the Bear Scholarship Program, Rodriguez was matched with Phoenix College alumnus, Don Jensen-Bobadilla ‘85, who also sits on the PCAA Engagement Council. To learn more about their great mentor-mentee partnership, read HERE.

Rodriguez will attend Arizona State University in Fall 2018 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication. While at Phoenix College, Rodriguez chose electives that would complement his degree, including sign language courses. His goal is to have a tri-lingual language focus (i.e. Spanish/English/American Sign Language) to compliment his Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree.

To Rodriguez, communication is a natural fit with the culinary world.

[Chefs] communicate their art on a plate. They see how people react. My art stems from my Hispanic-American roots – I will hone that. It’s a labor of love – Passion. – Carlos Rodriguez

Rodriguez is excited to be a part of the growing restaurant scene in Phoenix, while using his degrees in both culinary arts and communication.

There are great restaurants coming to the Valley. We are on track to be the next foodie hot spot, and I’m excited to be a part of it. – Carlos Rodriguez

The Bear Scholar Program

The Phoenix College Alumni Association (PCAA) is proud of the achievements of its student Bear Scholars throughout the history of the program. Scholarship donors and alumni mentors continue to impact the success of the program and the lives of Phoenix College students.

If you are interested in helping future Bear Scholar students, please contact Christy Flora at 602-285-7652 ( or make a tax-deductible gift to the Alumni Association Scholarship on our Give Back page.

About Phoenix College

Phoenix College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 11,000 students annually.