Students invited to apply for Mayor’s Ability Awards scholarships
The Mayor’s Ability Awards scholarship committee, a pillar of support for students living with disabilities, is now accepting applications.

For 38 years, the Mayor’s Ability Awards scholarships have served a profound purpose—to provide financial support to college or college-bound students who have demonstrated outstanding initiative in living with a disability and who have shown a genuine desire to continue their education at the college level. The scholarships are sponsored through a partnership with the Gila River Indian Community.

This initiative underscores the importance of encouraging education and fostering inclusivity to students living with disabilities, recognizing their potential and empowering them to achieve their academic and professional goals.

“Education is the key to unlocking endless possibilities,” says Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega. “The Mayor’s Ability Awards scholarships uplift individuals, so that through education, their intelligence is not overlooked because of outer disabilities.”

Eligible Scottsdale students can submit their applications through March 1.

To ensure a thorough and accurate completion of the scholarship application, students are advised to seek assistance from their local academic counselor or transitional counselor. Detailed scholarship information and eligibility requirements for parents and participants are available on the city’s website at, search “Ability Awards.”

Kick Off Spring Training at the Giant Race in Scottsdale
Photo courtesy of Giant Race

Scottsdale welcomes the return of the Giant Race on Saturday, Feb. 24, coinciding with the first day of spring training. The event kicks off at 7 a.m. in the heart of Old Town, right at Scottsdale Stadium, located at 7408 E. Osborn Rd.

This year’s race is an exciting prelude to the San Francisco Giants’ 2024 Spring Training season opener. Participants have the choice of a 5K or 10K race, both culminating in a spectacular finish on the very field where the Giants will play later that day against the Chicago Cubs.

An added perk for those joining the race is a complimentary ticket to this inaugural spring training game, allowing runners to transition from the exhilaration of the race to the excitement of the ball game.

All registered participants will receive a suite of commemorative items, including a ticket to the spring training opening game, a custom finisher’s medal, an official race T-shirt, and a commemorative race bib. For more information, visit

Scottsdale Commemorates Founder’s Day with a Tribute to Winfield Scott
The city of Scottsdale is set to celebrate the 187th birthday of its founder, Winfield Scott, with a special Founder’s Day Celebration. This historical event is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., and will take place at the iconic Little Red Schoolhouse, located at 7333 Scottsdale Mall.

This commemorative event, which is free to the public, is a significant occasion for the community. The Scottsdale Historical Society, in collaboration with the city of Scottsdale and the Daughters of the American Revolution Winfield Scott Chapter, invites locals and visitors alike to join in honoring the legacy of Winfield Scott.

The celebration will be held in front of the Little Red Schoolhouse, a landmark that epitomizes Scottsdale’s rich history. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the city’s past and understand more about the man who played a pivotal role in its founding.