Colorado Grand Scholarship available for Summit County graduates | SummitDaily.com

Colorado Grand Scholarship available for Summit County graduates

Krista Driscoll / Daily file photo
Krista Driscoll / Daily file photo |

Apply for the scholarship

The Colorado Grand Scholarship application includes a cover page, short answer and essay questions, a resume and two letters of recommendation, and all applications for consideration are due Saturday, May 2, at noon Mountain Time. For a link to a detailed, printable application, visit www.lakedillontheatre.org, or call (970) 513-1151, ext. 102, for more information.

The Colorado Grand and Colorado State Patrol recently announced the Colorado Grand Scholarship, a onetime award of $8,000 for a Summit County high school graduate.

Founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland, the Colorado Grand is an annual fall charity tour for sports and race cars from 1960 and earlier that takes dozens of cars and drivers through the Western regions of the state.

“Each day of the tour, we stop for lunch in wonderful small communities in Colorado,” said Eddie O’Brien, Colorado Grand community liaison. “Over the years, we have realized that the small communities where we go have a difficult time with getting scholarships and getting local kids into college.”

The Colorado Grand awards four annual scholarships to the towns that serve as lunch stops along the tour.

For 2015, those communities include Walden, Meeker, Dillon and Salida. Eligible students must live in the city or county the tour visits within the year and must be enrolled in public or private school or educated at home and must attend a Colorado college or university as a freshman in 2015.

Local partnership

In September, the Colorado Grand selected Dillon as one of its lunch stops, inviting the Lake Dillon Theatre Company to serve as its host nonprofit organization.

“We have shared a long history with the Colorado Grand and were once again honored to host the tour and be among their 2014 Colorado charities last September,” said Josh Blanchard, the theater’s executive director. “The cars were amazing, and their public display was truly a unique experience for Dillon and our community, despite the rainy weather that morning.”

The Colorado Grand, with support from the Colorado State Patrol, has invited LDTC to assist in the administration of the scholarship selection process of this year’s Summit County recipient.

“We want each community to pick the scholarship recipient,” O’Brien said.

The scholarship selection committee consists of community members, including at least one local law enforcement leader, one city council member and/or county commissioner and one member of the theater’s board of directors. Committee members chosen thus far are Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns, Dillon police chief Mark Heminghaus and LDTC board member Kathy Swanson, with additional members to be announced.

Scholarship applications are available now through the theater. All applications are due Saturday, May 2, at noon Mountain Time. Based on the time line, the scholarship winner will be selected by Tuesday, May 12, and announced to the Colorado Grand board on Wednesday, May 20.

The Colorado Grand

Every September at the peak of the fall color season, approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in the Colorado Grand, a noncompetitive event covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days. Participants contribute to Western Slope towns, organizations and charities that, based on their rural or small demographics, are often ineligible for funding from other government or private agencies.

To date, the Colorado Grand has contributed more than $4 million to small Colorado charities and currently awards about $300,000 in donations annually, including its college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

“The Colorado Grand has been around for 28 years,” O’Brien said. “This is our 25th year of giving scholarships, and we have given just over 100 scholarships.”

The Colorado Grand supports students who study at Colorado colleges and universities in order for the scholarship funds to have a stronger impact with in-state tuition costs.

“We want our scholarships to take care of a good part, at least quite a bit, of the first year of their college costs,” O’Brien said. “About 75 percent of our scholarship recipients continue their education. Recently, a young lady from Lake City graduated from Colorado State University with her degree in equine management and another young lady from Salida completed her law degree.

“About 20 years ago, a young man from Hotchkiss received one of our scholarships and completed his degree. He now lives in Grand Junction and comes out every year to one of our stops to be a part of the tour and say thanks.”


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