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SHS seeks scholarship donors

Julie Sutor

BRECKENRIDGE – Colorado Mountain College (CMC) freshman Joe Baldwin spent last Wednesday afternoon calmly leafing through the pages of his $250 biology text in preparation for an evening exam.

He wasn’t nervous, his confidence boosted by a 100 percent score on his most recent math test.

This semester is Baldwin’s first step on the long and costly path to a degree in veterinary medicine. But the first two years of his journey aren’t too expensive. In fact, they’re free.

Last spring, Baldwin received a full-ride, two-year CMC scholarship that covers all his tuition and fees – including his pricey biology book.

He also received $4,500 in scholarship money from the Moniker Foundation, the Parent Teacher Student Association and the town of Breckenridge.

Last year, Baldwin was one of 68 scholarship recipients at Summit High School (SHS). Fifty-five local private and nonprofit donors contributed $211,000 to help finance the students’ higher education.

SHS counselor Deb Luckett said that the scholarships are critical to students, because the cost of higher education is rising every year.

In a weak economy, however, school officials have more difficulty finding donors, even though students’ financial needs may be greater. According to Luckett, scholarship money dropped by $22,000 from 2002 to 2003.

Luckett will begin her search for scholarship dollars this month, and she wants local families, businesses and organizations to consider making contributions.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to contribute to our graduating seniors’ higher education goals,” Luckett said.

“The scholarships also give the students such a great sense of personal accomplishment. I’ve seen students win $250, and it’s the proudest they’ve ever been.”

The SHS scholarships go far beyond rewarding academic performance. Donors award funds for attributes such as outstanding community service, leadership, athletics and choice of major.

“One student received a scholarship for her hard work at a job,” said Luckett. “She contributed to her family income, so she didn’t have time for a lot of extracurricular activities, but she was still recognized and rewarded.”

Many donors contribute in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Dr Greg Jungman established the Kathie Jungman Memorial Scholarship to reward students seeking a career in education.

The scholarship application process is streamlined to minimize paperwork for donors. Students fill out a rigorous, uniform application to which donors have the option of tacking on additional requirements.

“All you have to do is provide the funds, review the applications and show up to the awards ceremony in the spring,” said Luckett. “And it really is a wonderful, special night when the students are recognized.”

Those interested in offering a scholarship for an SHS student should contact Deb Luckett at 547-9311 x1190 or at

luckettd@summit.k12.co.us.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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