Want to be a part of our scholarship program?

Join us in helping students in the Tolleson Union High School District continue their education by attending college. Our scholarships are designed to fund up to a full year of tuition and books at one of Maricopa County’s Community Colleges. To learn more review our most frequently asked questions.

How long has EDEF been in existence? What is your track record?

The Eloisa Diaz Eduational Foundation was founded in 2000 by Lionel and Eloisa Diaz.



What percentage of funds donated are used for program and overhead?

Over the last five years, the amount spent on scholarships has averaged seventy four percent (74%) and operating and administrative expenses have averaged twenty six percent (26%) of the EDEF total expenses.

What type of activities are funded by EDEF?

Scholarships for tuition and books for the Maricopa County Community Colleges, their associated occupational career programs or Arizona universities.

What is the amount of the average scholarship?

Average scholarship amounts vary but are designed to cover one year of tuition and books at one of the 10 Maricopa County Community Colleges or their associated occupational career programs. These colleges include:

Chandler Gilbert Community College

Estrella Mountain Community College

GateWay Community College

Glendale Community College

Mesa Community College

Paradise Valley Community College

Phoenix College

Rio Salado College

Scottsdale Community College

South Mountain Community College

How are students selected for scholarships?

The on-line applications of students who meet the criteria are reviewed and ranked by a selection committee which includes the EDEF board and a number of counselors from the Tolleson Union High School.

How can I support the foundation?

Your donation does good by supporting our efforts to develop and mentor students to become educated leaders with lifelong opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

There are many ways to give back. Choose the one that’s right for you. You have our deep gratitude.


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How to donate through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF)

  1. Go to https://mcccdf.org/
  2. Click on GIVE
  3. Click on Other
  4. Type in EDEF



Is my donation tax deductible?

The Eloisa Díaz Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible. Maricopa County Community College Foundation will provide you with a receipt for your use when preparing your taxes.

The following are some of the many expressions of thanks from students who have received and benefited from the Eloisa Diaz Educational Foundation scholarship program.

In the spring of 2016 I will be graduating with my bachelors of social work and one thing I am sure of, is that I will have you all in mind. Thanks to you some of my dreams are no longer dreams, they are now realistic goals. Thanks to you I have continued to strive for more. The help that you have given me has inspired me to do the same. I strongly believe that in the field of social work I can accomplish this.

Angie Elizabeth Nava

My name is Mario Soto. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from you and your organization. I wanted to say thank you for your help with aiding me in my path to continue my education. Your generous scholarship has helped me focus more on my school work and less on how I was going to make my next monthly tuition payment.


Mario Soto

During my senior year in high school I thought about throwing in the towel several times and not even thinking about attending a college because I did not have money and I come from a low income family. However, thanks to individuals like you I am dreaming and believing again on having a better future. Thank you and I will never stop being thankful. God bless you.

Vanessa Hernandez Regalado