Doig singled out by Women’s Foundation
GYPSUM – To receive any scholarship, from any institution, is quite an honor. When you are only one of two young women in all of Colorado to receive a scholarship, it is especially rewarding.Lakotah Doig, an Eagle Valley High School junior, recently received just such an honor – the Dottie Lamm Award from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. She is the second woman from the valley to win the scholarship. Heather Del Bosco won the same scholarship several years ago.”This is a great honor for Lakotah herself, and a great honor for someone from this region,” says local Jane West, who serves on an advisory committee for one of a myriad of advocacy programs the Women’s Foundation sponsors. Doig, she adds, can bring the wisdom and experience she gains through the scholarship back to our region. “It’s a great opportunity for her and for our community,” West says.
Doig will receive a $1,500 scholarship and join the board of trustees of Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The Dottie Lamm Award is only given to young women, and specifically to high school juniors who exemplify the altruistic values associated with Dottie Lamm’s life and career, according to the Women’s Foundation. Lamm is known for her work benefiting with women and girls in Colorado. When she was first lady of Colorado, between 1975-1987, she initiated and chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Children, served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Women, and became the first president and founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Founded in 1987, the Women’s Foundation tries to improve the lives of women and girls by removing barriers and increasing economic opportunities. The foundation has invested more than $8 million in programs, and worked with more than 170 agencies in 70 communities.
“(The scholarship) is given to incoming seniors, who will be bringing in new voices and opinions,” Doig says. “Just because we don’t have a high population in Gypsum doesn’t mean we can’t participate in the issues that are affecting women.”To apply for the award, Doig had to write an essay and be interviewed by the scholarship board. The Women’s Foundation says Doig is described by her high school counselor as an amazing young woman, anxious to “pay it forward” to other women and girls. Already community minded, she is involved with the Devils Against Drinking and Drugs at school, as well as the Leo Club, a junior version of the Lion’s Club, and the Moving Mountains Program, doing community service around the valley. She participates in school dramas, is on Eagle Valley’s volleyball and soccer teams, is active in both the 4H Club and Pony Club, and maintains a 4.167 grade point average.
Doig will use the scholarship to help with college tuition, she says. She would like to study art history, and is eyeing Colgate College in New York. Ultimately, she hopes to use the benefits of her scholarship to encourage other rural girls to go for their dreams, too, she says. “There are a lot more opportunities in the city,” Doig says. “If I could bring (the benefit of the scholarship) back to small communities, and show girls there may be something greater than what they see around them, then maybe they will be able to go out and be someone and do something.”Vail, Colorado