Gary and Tandy Kippur pay tuition for two years of university or trade school for class at S. Tucson elementary school

Tucson couple pays tuition for first two years of university or trade school for entire class at South Tucson elementary school

By Mary Coleman Kold News 13

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Every student of Mission View Elementary School’s fourth grade class will have the first two years of tuition of a university or trade school paid for.

Owners of Tucson Iron and Metal, Gary and Tandy Kippur, chose to help children attending the elementary school that is near their scrap metal yard. Gary Kippur saw other businesses commit to higher education for children and thought about providing a similar program locally for a long time. He said, “when a child is in the fourth grade, it’s the ideal time to show them what educational options are possible to them and to show them that the community cares for them.”

Tucson Iron and Metal says they chose the students of Mission View Elementary because the school already has a program in place in which the kids set their own goals. The students keep data binders so that they are accountable to themselves. With this program, the students review themselves in the teacher-parent conferences and show their parents their accomplishments and also where there is room for improvement. Tandy Kippur said, “we like this program because there is clear goal setting and expectations coming from the kids and it seems a perfect fit.”

Andrea Kippur, the Kippurs’ daughter says, “Tucson Iron and Metal has committed to paying the equivalent of two years’ tuition at Pima Community College for each of the thirty-eight fourth graders at Mission View Elementary. There are no GPA minimums to earn the scholarship. The only requirements are that the student graduate from high school and go to an accredited higher education school, which could be a university, community college or trade school. We feel this will open many avenues for the students to succeed.”


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