February 22, 2017


The Southwest Veterans Foundation (SWVF) is the charitable arm of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce. The SWVF will award its next round of college scholarships to eligible Veterans (or eligible Veteran spouse/child) during May 2017. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, classroom supplies, room and board, and other direct fees levied by the educational institution coincident to college enrollment and attendance. The scholarship will be paid to the college for deposit in the student’s account

Scholarship application. Application attached. Completed applications with all required documentation must be submitted in a single package by Apr 24, 2017 to:

Southwest Veterans Foundation
Attn: College Scholarship Selection Committee
3820 W. Happy Valley Rd.
# 141-455
Glendale, AZ 85310
SWVF Point of Contact. Tom Sheets,, 623.238.2914

Click to Download the Scholarship Application

Click to Download the Scholarship Announcement


Veteran Scholarship Award

The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) announced the winners of its second Veteran Scholarship Award today.  Byron Munda and Enrique Priego were selected from among applicants for this scholarship award. They will receive their $1,000 scholarships in public ceremonies at a date to be arranged between them and the SWVCC.  Both are students at Arizona State University.
Ken Speer, Vice President of the Chamber and Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee thanked all applicants and local college staffs who encouraged the Veterans and assisted them in preparing their applications. He added, “Thanks to a generous $1,000 donation from Retired Navy Veteran and SWVCC Member Randall Asburry and his Farmers Insurance Agency, we were able to award two $1,000 scholarships instead of only one.” He also encouraged “all those who applied but did not win to reapply to future scholarship offerings.”
Byron Munda served four years as an Infantryman in the US Army that included four combat deployments to Afghanistan. He is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree and hopes to eventually work for the Phoenix Fire Department.
Enrique Priego served over eight years in the US Navy in Aviation Ordnance and made four deployments in support of combat operations in and around Iraq. He is studying Kinesiology and plans to be a Physical Therapist.
The SWVCC Veteran Scholarship is open to Veterans, currently serving Reservists and National Guard, and spouses and children of Veterans killed in action or 100 % disabled. Tom Sheets, the Executive Director of the SWVCC added, “We plan to offer our next scholarship opportunity in late September and will announce the winner(s) in mid-December.” In the future, the Veteran Scholarship Program will be managed by the Southwest Veterans Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, and charitable arm of the SWVCC. The number and dollar value of scholarships will be dependent upon revenues available to support the Scholarship Program. Our communities can support this program by joining the SWVCC or by making a donation to support its programs. Individuals or organizations who would like to make a direct contribution to support the Scholarship Program can donate at the Chamber website or by contacting the Executive Director, whose contact information appears at the top of this press release.
Lee Lange, President of the SWVCC added, “We are proud to offer benefits such as this to our highly-deserving Veterans who have served our Country during difficult times. We want to thank our Members and Donors, without whose support, these scholarships would not be possible.”
winners of its second Veteran Scholarship Award