IMG_2120 Venessa Cicchino - 2016 & 2017 Scholarship Recipient
My name is Venessa Cicchini and I was awarded the Christopher Rearley Scholarship back in 2016 and was subsequently honored at the 9th annual poker tournament on March 4th, 2017. While I already knew that I would love be a part of such a wonderful purpose, the moment I walked into the tournament and witnessed, first hand, all of the people that came together to honor Christopher's memory, celebrate his life, and raise money for the Christopher Allen Rearley Memorial Scholarship fund, I was overcome with emotion and gratitude!

I am a senior at ASU pursuing my degree in criminal justice and criminology. At this time, I have a 4.17 GPA and continue to work hard to complete my goals. I had to stop working back in 2006 after my physical symptoms became debilitating. While my "disability" is "invisible" to the naked eye, my condition, Chiari malformation, makes it difficult to complete most of life's daily tasks, Nonetheless, while out on disability, I found myself trying to help a family member fight for the rights of her child while she was involved in a domestic violence situation. Unfortunately, I learned there was only so much I could do without a degree. On a brighter note, my experiences helped open my eyes to my passion.

My sheer determination to protect my loved ones provoked me to pursue a journey on the path to criminal justice and hopefully, one day, earn my law degree so that I will be able to advocate for women and children at risk. Because I live off SSD, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish what I set out to do; however, I have always held the faith in "knowing" I would get there.

With that said, because of the Christopher Allen Memorial Scholarship, I was able to buy a new computer and other necessary items needed to obtain my degree and I am forever grateful. Thank you for allowing me to obtain my goal because without the help of this award, my goal may have been delayed. I plan to volunteer for the 10th Christopher Allen Rearley Poker Tournament which will be held on March 3rd, 2018, not because I was asked to but because I feel honored to be a part of such a wonderful occasion.

This scholarship not only helps people that have a disability achieve their dreams, but it is going to help all of those people that the scholarship recipients advocate for in the years to come. Christopher's dreams of helping others will live on and be honored through all of us. Thank You!

Forever Grateful,

Venessa Cicchini

Breana Curtis - 2014 & 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Breana Curtis is a Criminology and Criminal Justice sophomore at ASU.  She has a 3.9 GPA and is committed to her studies, attending math and writing tutoring, to keep herself on the Dean’s list.  She enjoys being in the classroom as much as being in the community, where she volunteers for multiple Phoenix-area organizations, including Feast on the Streets, HopeFest AZ, and the Davis Phinney Foundation.  Her passion is serving others, and plans to continue in the Criminal Justice field to help primarily women and children.  In her free time, Breana enjoys taking photographs, and her work has even been displayed in various art exhibits around Phoenix.

img_3439Miss Tiffany Sharp - 2012 Scholarship Recipient
Tiffany Sharp is an outstanding, hard working student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2010 and will be graduating this May 2012 with her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.   Upcoming academic career goals for Tiffany include a plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Tiffany would like to make a difference in the Criminal Justice System by focusing on fair and equal treatment for children and teenagers with disabilities.

katherine-chavezb-2Katherine Chavez - 2011 Scholarship Recipient
Katherine is a second semester freshman in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
Katherine proves each day that anything is possible, despite losing her sight at a young age, she maintains an optimistic view of her future. Instead of allowing her disability to hinder her, Katherine has excelled academically and plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2014. Katherine’s future vision is to attend law school, practice criminal law and  continue her passion for justice.

img_3439-2Miss Tiffany Sharp - 2010 Scholarship Recipient
Tiffany is a very dedicated, hard working student with the drive and perseverance to be successful in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program. She will graduate this May with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  Tiffany plans to continue her education and is in the process of applying to the Master’s in Criminal Justice program. Her career goals include working with disabled children, specifically in programs that address personal and social coping skills.