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SHS graduates create scholarship

Dan Marion, Ryan George and Joe Felton
special to the daily
SUmmit County, Colorado

After graduating high school in 2008, my two friends and I have all had our share of experiences in college. Whether taking sports science classes at Colorado State University, playing basketball for Hastings College in Nebraska, or studying abroad in Chile while attending Colorado College, the three of us have enjoyed our journeys during our freshman year.

With the summer beginning, my friends and I are planning a new journey ” a road trip that will take us 3,000 miles around the United States and into Canada.

Our philosophy in life is that the journey is always more important than the destination, and that is the mentality we are taking with us. But with this journey comes a very important destination and goal.

The three of us agree about the importance of academics, experiences and scholarship. And from those shared beliefs, the “Don’t Stop Believing” scholarship was born.

For each mile that we drive on our trip, we want individuals, families and businesses around Summit County to donate ($0.01 to $0.10 per mile). For that donation, we will in turn create a scholarship for a student graduating in 2010.

The donation is a collaborative effort that brings the Summit County community together by creating a scholarship for one student.

Through this adventure we hope to accomplish two goals: to create a scholarship for one student and to fund our cross country trip. While much of the donations will be put towards the scholarship, some money will go to the costs of our trip. Our hope is that these donations will not only make our own journey possible, but also inspire and support the journeys of other SHS students.

The “Don’t Stop Believing” scholarship will be presented to one student graduating in 2010. As graduates of the SHS class of 2008, each of us understands the benefit of scholarship and appreciates their helpfulness.

We have named this idea the “Don’t Stop Believing” scholarship because it embodies the mentality that upcoming college freshman should have: the mentality that says anything is possible.

The scholarship will hopefully be a part of the Summit Foundation scholarship night that occurs late in the school year. Students will have to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and write an essay describing their greatest journey in life and what they learned during that experience. For each person, family or business that donates, the contributer will be mentioned in the scholarship. We understand that such things are not possible by individuals, but rather the collaborate effort of individuals and groups.

Upon presentation of the scholarship, we hope to include the names of those who support our cause, thereby acknowledging everyone who made the “Don’t Stop Believing” scholarship possible.

We believe that while other causes are very important, contributing to one’s college education is the best thing we can do. As college students, we understand the benefits of financial aid, and as a result of our journey, we hope to ease this burden for an upcoming college freshman.

Creating a scholarship not only aids in financial costs and emphasizes the importance of education, but it also unites and gives back to the community of which we all belong. This idea is a dream, but like the name of the scholarship, we will not stop believing in its possibility.

We believe that through each journey in life, whether it is a road trip, or embarking on one’s college adventure, believing in oneself, and enjoying that journey, is the most essential part.

If you are interested in supporting this cause, please send an e-mail to or call Dan Marion at (970) 389-2244. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your support.

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