Community awards quarter million in scholarships
FARMER’S KORNER – If generosity could be measured in minutes, Summit County’s giving spirit would last all night long.And on Tuesday night it did just that, as more than 50 organizations, businesses and local governments spent three hours in the Summit High School auditorium distributing almost a quarter million dollars in college scholarship money to 94 of the school’s graduating seniors.”It feels great – I can’t believe how many people give money away to students they’ve only met on paper,” said senior Bryndon Tarafa, whose six scholarships will help defray the cost of tuition at Colorado College next year. “It really helps me, because I’ve been in a hard place financially, so this is a wonderful experience.”The crowd in the auditorium twice rose to its feet, applauding the efforts of seniors Charles Keeling and Justin Henceroth.Keeling, wearing his new combat boots under his khakis, received his official appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, a dream he’s had since sixth grade.”It feels incredible – it’s one of those feelings you just live for,” Keeling said. “I don’t know how to describe it, that’s why people call it ‘speechless.'”Henceroth received the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship, a merit-based award given to 40 Colorado high school seniors each year on the basis of academic performance, character, leadership and community involvement. More than 1,000 students applied for the award, which pays for tuition, fees, books and living expenses for four years at a public or private college inside Colorado.Henceroth will use the scholarship to attend Colorado College.”It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Henceroth said. “To have the (Boettcher) Foundation behind you and supporting you is just incredible.”Tuesday’s awards – totaling more than $243,000 – exceeded last year’s both in dollars and in number of students, partly due to the efforts of Vail Resorts, which ensured that every student who applied for a scholarship received one.The company awarded about $15,000 to 33 students.”A lot of these kids have grown up before my very eyes, so this is really special,” said Vail Resorts’ Dixie Kuhn, whose son was among the group of scholarship recipients. “I love being able to spread the wealth. People see Vail Resorts as this big elephant, but we’re not. We’re all just people who are part of this community.”The Summit Foundation distributed $78,500, bringing its 15-year total to $703,500 for 271 students.”I think scholarships reward and motivate our students to do their best,” said The Summit Foundation board president Nancy Follett. “Considering what’s happening out there in education funding, we’re delighted to help kids along to achieve their goals in life.”SHS debate star Evan Ratzan received the foundation’s four-year scholarship, which he hopes to use to defray the costs of tuition at Hampshire College in the fall.”It’s very gratifying. Going to college out East is going to be very expensive, so every little bit helps,” Ratzan said.Top Givers- The Summit Foundation: more than $78,500- n Summit County Rotary: $20,000
– Vail Resorts: $15,000- Moniker Foundation: $15,000- Town of Breckenridge: $12,000- Town of Silverthorne: $12,000Scholarship WinnersMaria Elisa AlarconWhitney AndersonAlec BakerFinley BalmaRachel BergstromSara BlincoRenei BohrerMcKenzie BoltNicolette BouchardAlison BurnsKendra CarlbergCameron CarlsonBen ClarkBrittony Corneillier
Morgan CornwellKevin DavisJoanna DomagalskiKylor DossettSara DudleyCarly EstreichEmily FerrisShaulis FikeBen FridkisOliver GeoffreyAaron GeorgeKyle GilchristJessica GiventerGarrison GreenSara GriffinMorgen HarringtonJustin HencerothMike HollowayAshley HolmbergAmy HodsonBrandon Ives
Kyle JacksonElizabeth JasonGregory Scott JohnsonLiz JohnsonKrysten JoyceCharles KeelingBob KochCharles KoenigJohn KoopAli KreamelmeyerLauran KubatChris KuhnCody KumarKatie L’EstrangeNick LeeLaura LernerJessica LewarkRobin LewartonKylee LucasCasie McEvoy
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