The Freedom Center is proud to honor the life and legacy of this extraordinary educator, who made an impact throughout his career and in particular, Pueblo High School. Your generous donation will help provide scholarships to graduates of the Pueblo College Prep Academy to attend the University of Arizona.

David was a graduate of Santa Rita High School who lived to serve others, first in Up With People and then a quarter century of service in the Tucson Unified School District as an administrator at Palo Verde, Cholla, Rincon, Secrist, and finally Pueblo. He was most proud of the Pueblo College Prep Academy, which he helped establish, which provides a challenging educational opportunity for students who seek a more rigorous academic experience and intensive college preparation. Students who complete the program can apply and be accepted into prestigious colleges and universities, qualify for full-ride or free tuition scholarships, and be academically prepared for colleges and universities.

Montano understood the power of education, the opportunity it afforded, and the freedom that it provided to students, especially those in diverse and under-resourced communities. Your generous contribution to support the R. David Montano Scholarship continues his work to empower students to realize their potential and achieve their goals.

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Scholarship Winners

2023 Hector Guzman

2024 Analuisa Santos