Rio Verde, Ariz. (August 2, 2021) – The Rio Verde Community Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation located in Rio Verde, Ariz., recently awarded four scholarships to children of Rio Verde Community Association and Rio Verde Country Club employees. The Rio Verde Community Foundation is not affiliated with the Rio Verde Community Association or Rio Verde Country Club. Scholarship funds were raised by the Community Foundation and through donations made by Rio Verde residents.

The Rio Verde Community Foundation Scholarship Fund encourages Community Association and Country Club employees, their spouses and dependent children to continue their education by providing financial assistance with their educational costs.  In its inaugural year (2021), the Foundation awarded four scholarships to the following students:

Cian James Bernard Brannan – Cian is the son of Tara Brannan the Communication Manager at Rio Verde Country Club.  Cian is entering his senior year at Cactus Shadows High School in a dual enrollment program with Paradise Valley Community College.  He is taking eight credit hours each semester at the community college and two advanced placement classes at Cactus Shadows.

Ben Howard Danko – Ben, a 2021 graduate of Fountain Hills High School, is enrolled at Arizona State University this fall and is pursuing a degree in Business.  Both of Ben’s parents, Howard and Eileen, are employed in golf course operations.

Ashley Cadenas Ramirez – Ashley will graduate from North Canyon High School this spring and plans on enrolling at Paradise Valley Community College to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Business.  Ashley’s father, Jose “Tony” Cadenas is the head mechanic in the Rio Verde landscape group.

Jayme Windsor – Jayme is a University of Arizona graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in optometry from the New England College of Optometry.  Mary Windsor of Accounts Payable is the sponsoring parent.

The purpose of the scholarship grants awarded by Rio Verde Community Foundation is to enhance the educational development of the people, and their families, employed in Rio Verde and the surrounding community. Full time employees (and their family members) working for businesses and services operating in Rio Verde and the surrounding community are eligible to apply for a grant.  The employee must have been working for this employer for at least one year and have worked at least 750 hours in the Rio Verde community.  Family members are defined as spouse/domestic partner and dependent children 25 years old or younger.

The Rio Verde Community Foundation was founded in 2018 with the purpose of raising funds for charitable projects that provide benefits and opportunities for Rio Verde and the surrounding community.   Scholarship grant applications are reviewed by an Educational Grant Committee composed of two Rio Verde Community Foundation Board Members and two interested Rio Verde residents.

For more information about the Rio Verde Community Foundation, visit

About Rio Verde Community and Country Club
Located between the eastern foothills of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest, Rio Verde Country Club is a private 36-hole golf club in Rio Verde, Ariz. and is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Members who reside in the Rio Verde community enjoy unlimited access to dining and events, 36-holes of parkland-style golf, a driving range, three putting greens, bunker/chipping complex, tennis, pickleball, swimming, fitness, bocce, and dozens of special interest clubs. Full membership is also available to non-residents and provides unlimited access to tee times, golf events, and dining. With its low taxes, competitive real estate prices and tranquil location, Rio Verde appeals to primary and vacation homeowners. Comprised of custom-built homes, townhomes and villas in a wide range of prices, Rio Verde is a low-density, master-planned enclave with large lots highlighted by golf course, mountain or desert views.

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, California; Yas Links Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia; and Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Connecticut. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

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