Vail Centre announces new scholarship effort |

Vail Centre announces new scholarship effort

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VAIL — Since the beginning of 2017, the Vail Centre has awarded $30,000 in scholarship funds to deserving locals. Those scholarships will enable recipients to take one of the Vail Centre’s courses in 2017.

“I am so excited to receive a scholarship from the Vail Centre for Duke University’s Nonprofit Management program. This recognized course specifically addresses topics that will help me strengthen and expand my organization without leaving the Vail Valley,” Marian McDonough, Regional Director, Catholic Charities Western Slope, said. “Without the scholarship, it would have been impossible for me to sign up for this course.”

Founding Fourty

In recognition of the importance of these donations to the community and to encourage additional contributions, the Vail Centre has established the Founding Forty. The Founding Forty is a group of leaders who believe in the Vail Centre’s mission and want to help the local community. As the Vail Centre strives to continue its commitment to Eagle County residents by providing scholarships, the Centre has set an ambitious goal to raise more than $200,000 in scholarship funds in 2017.

“Supporting local area residents with scholarships for mid-career education helps with long-term sustainability in the Vail Valley and is a fundamental building block of the Vail Centre,” Vail Centre CEO Ross Iverson said. “The Founding Forty creates a vehicle for donors to become intimately involved in the scholarship process.”

With a gift of $5,000 or more to this scholarship fund an individual can become a member of the Founding Forty, an exclusive network of change makers. Benefits to being a member of the Founding Forty include exclusive access to university professors and special lectures; input on awarding scholarships; recognition on the Vail Centre website; and invitations to Vail Centre graduations, the Annual Scholarship Cocktail and other special events.

international learning hub

The Vail Centre is an international learning hub and unleashes talent through an innovative approach to higher education. The Vail Centre partners with top universities to attract destination and regional participants to curate their experience through certificate and short courses. To impact organizations and communities, the Vail Centre’s signature programs strengthen critical thinking and apply academic research. The Vail Centre provides professionals in Eagle County access to world-class educational opportunities through the community scholarship fund. For additional information, go to