Check Presentation on Friday, April 19 to Commemorate the Launch of the Higher Education Cannabis Scholarship Program, Which Will Start with the Mint Awarding $420 Scholarships to Four Deserving Students

WHAT:          To coincide with its two-day 420 celebration, Mint Cannabis is announcing a Higher Education Cannabis Scholarship that will benefit four Scottsdale Community College students.

The Mint is financing the scholarships, valued at $420 each, for four students taking advanced cannabis courses to pursue careers in the industry at Scottsdale Community College. The scholarship commitment will be formally introduced with a check presentation at the Mint’s headquarters in Tempe, which is also home to its flagship dispensary, at noon on Friday, April 19. Eivan Shahara, CEO of Mint Cannabis and COO Raul Molina will make the presentation to Dr. Bobra Crockett, Cannabis Education, Entrepreneurship & Marketing Programs Lead at Scottsdale Community College.

        To be eligible for consideration for this scholarship, eligible students will:

  • Have already received a Certificate of Completion in Cannabis Business Fundamentals from Scottsdale Community College; and
  • Be enrolled in an advanced cannabis course at Scottsdale Community College, such as Cannabis Business Advanced Entrepreneurship for students interested in starting their own cannabis businesses, or Cannabis Business Administration and Management, to pursue a career in the industry.  (Note that the selected students for these scholarships must complete the advanced cannabis course to receive the $420 scholarship.)

WHEN:          Check Presentation: Noon, Friday, April 19

                       Scholarship Information Booth: Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20

WHERE:        Mint Cannabis’ Tempe Headquarters & Dispensary: 5210 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

WHY:             As the cannabis market continues to grow within Arizona and nationally, so does the need for well-qualified workers in the industry. However, an affinity for cannabis products is not necessarily a prerequisite. “Our curriculum at Scottsdale Community College was designed by cannabis industry professionals, so students understand what knowledge is needed,” said Dr. Crockett. “Students earn college credits like any other business certificates.”

                       Mint Cannabis Co-Founders Shahara and Molina are living examples of how savvy business professionals can thrive in the cannabis industry. Neither are cannabis users personally, but pooling their business knowledge and background in the auto industry has helped propel the Mint to become one of the nation’s most innovative cannabis operators. “Within our dispensaries, we focus on training and developing our team members into strong leaders,” said Molina. “Well-educated workers who are intent on building a successful career instill confidence in our customers, which is a benefit for our business and for the industry as a whole. Teaming up with Scottdale Community College reinforces our belief in the important role that not only education, but higher education, plays in the future of the cannabis industry.”

MORE:          Prospective applicants who visit the Mint’s Tempe dispensary during the operator’s two-day 420 celebration on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 will have the chance to speak with representatives from Scottsdale Community College and learn more about the school’s cannabis education programs.

                       In addition, students interested in applying for the Mint Cannabis Higher Education Cannabis Scholarship can request details on timing and additional selection criteria by emailing

                       Companies or individuals interested in making a donation to support Scottsdale Community College’s cannabis education program can visit:

WHO:            Mint Cannabis continues to expand its presence across the country with state-of-the-art facilities. With a reputation for providing a wide variety of high-quality products and personalized service, the Mint offers the most diverse selection of flower/buds, edibles, and concentrates. The Mint’s flagship location in Tempe, Ariz. – which introduced the nation’s first cannabis kitchen of its kind in 2018; added a large on-site grow in 2019; and implemented an on-site drive-thru in 2020 – was named “Most Innovative” by the international Commercial Cannabis Awards. With more than 550 team members, the Mint has plans to open additional dispensary locations in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey in 2024. For more information, visit   

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