In May of 2019, the Rotary Club of Surprise Sunset sponsored its first student through the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) program. TRVFA partners with Rotary Clubs in Arizona to provide assistance to the working poor in obtaining an education up to an Associate Degree. Pierre Nkunzimana was awarded a one-year educational grant of $2,000 for his pursuance in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa.
 
Prior to receiving approval for the grant, Pierre underwent a qualification process which included both a grant application, which determined his eligibility, followed by an in-person interview with several of our club's executive team. Happily, Pierre passed with flying colors and expressed his strong desire and passion to complete the nursing program as soon as possible.