EDWARDS, Colorado - Remy Lovett understands that luck lives at the intersection of hard work and opportunity.
If you study for tests until the middle of the night, and do so much volunteer work that general wonderfulness is all over the universe, good stuff comes back to you.
For Lovett, it's a Boettcher Foundation scholarship, a four-year, full-ride college scholarship to any college or university in Colorado.
"There is a payoff. People kept say it'll all pay off, but they weren't sitting at the counter at 2 a.m. studying, not wanting to believe them," Lovett said.
She's headed to the University of Denver to study international business and Spanish.
"What to be remains the million dollar question," Lovett said.
The Boettcher is Colorado's oldest scholarship program. Just to apply you have to be in the top 5 percent of your class and have a combined score of 1200 on the SAT's critical reading and math sections, or a score of 27 on the ACT.
Once you meet those requirements, your counselor can invite you to apply. They take a long look at activities, community service, extra curricular activities and just about anything else they can think of.
"The application is 16 pages. It's the most rigorous of any application I had to fill out," Lovett said.
The Boettcher folks look at 1,300 applications; 250 make the semi finals. The 72 finalists traveled to Denver for an interview and 40 got the scholarships.
She said she had no expectations going into this.
"I just said 'Whatever is God's plan is what's going to happen,'" Lovett said.
Lovett's full-ride scholarship will cover virtually all college expenses: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The scholarship is for eight semesters to any Colorado college or university, but only as long as the recipients keep a 3.0 GPA.
Local Boettcher winners
Lovett is the sixth Battle Mountain student to win the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship, and the second in this century.
Battle Mountain graduate Alyssa Evens won her Boettcher scholarship in 2010, the school's first in 15 years and Eagle County's 10th in 58 years.
Evans took her Boettcher scholarship and headed for the University of Denver.
Before that Battle Mountain reeled off four straight years of Boettcher scholarship winners: Andrew Schmidt (1991), Leilah Backhus (1990), Steven Rohlwing (1989) and Sara Severn (1988).
Eagle Valley High School has had four: Sue Price (1970), Susan Chandler (1971), Kathy Chandler (1973), Amy Inkell (1990).
Since 1952, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded nearly $60 million in undergraduate scholarships.
"Remy really stood out for us with her accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. We're proud to have her representing the Boettcher family," said Katy Craig, scholarship program director.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.