The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has announced two local girls will be awarded the 2013 Women in Business Scholarship.

Jasmine Coro, a student at Desert Vista High School, and Anja Asato, a Horizon Honors High School student, will both be awarded the scholarship during the Fourth Annual Women in Business Palo Verde Award Gala on Nov. 2.

Coro is a member of the Student Council, Yearbook, Mock Trial, DECA, Digital Media, Spanish, Dance, Spirit, Art and Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs at Desert Vista. She plays the cello and viola, and enjoys badminton, basketball, and softball. Coro also volunteers at River of Life Church.

She has won the Lou Coopey state contest for her photography, and won first place in a statewide Stock Market Challenge. Coro is applying to several colleges in Arizona, California and Nevada, and will be pursuing a career in marketing.

“I feel honored,” she said. “It’s good to know all my hard work was for a good reason.”

Coro said she would encourage others looking for scholarships to get involved in as many activities as possible.

“It’s better to be multifaceted,” she said. “Business is such a general thing. It’s good to have a distinct quality to you to show you can do anything. When you show you not only do business but you do sports or media it really sets you apart and shows that you take initiative and have more qualities than other people.”

Asato founded and serves as the president of the Key Club at Horizon, is editor-in-chief of the Horizon Sun Newspaper, plans fundraising for the New Global Citizens Club, and is the treasurer for the National Honor Society. She volunteers over 40 hours of community service each year and serves on the Ironwood Library Teen Council. Asato also dances ballet.

She has won second place in the Phoenix Public Library Art Contest, and attended ASU’s Summer Journalism Institute. She will be continuing her education in the fall, pursuing a degree in marketing and communications.

Asato said the process to get the scholarship, writing an essay and asking a teacher for a reference letter, was not too difficult and was definitely worth the trouble.

“I’m so grateful to be offered this scholarship,” she said.

Both girls will be awarded $1,000.

The Palo Verde Gala will be on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, from 6 to 11 p.m. The theme for the night is “Diamonds and Denim.” The event will feature a cocktail reception, cowboy and casino games, a live auction, dinner, dancing and an awards ceremony when the winner of the Business Woman of the Year Award will be announced.

Tickets are available online at or at the chamber office, 4435 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 140.

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