Community Partners

The Steele Foundation Understands the Value of Supporting Outstanding Students in the Sciences

ARCS® Foundation Phoenix welcomes the support of community partners. Businesses, corporations, and foundations are encouraged to support an annual ARCS Scholar Award or provide underwriting for the Scholar Awards Dinner. 

One such partnership developed when the Steele Foundation stepped forward to sponsor a scholar. Since that initial sponsorship, the Steele Foundation has sponsored a scholar annually. 

Ms. Marianne Cracchiolo Mago, President of the Steele Foundation, stated that the "Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS) offers a unique opportunity for the Steele Foundation to contribute both to the future of America's innovation and achievements in science and the advancement of scientific education in the US. Through this partnership with ARCS Foundation, our students are able to achieve scholastic merit within their research, exploration and scientific development all while focusing on the major challenges of our time." 

The Steele Foundation is proud to highlight their current ARCS Scholar, Marina Cholanian, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Marina received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Her research involves the investigation of neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying the control of human reproduction. Specifically, her interest lies in the role of a subpopulation of neurons, called neurokinin B (NKB), in regulating the appropriate hormonal release manifesting the onset of puberty and of menopause.