Vail Valley students receive $190,000 in scholarships at ceremony |

Vail Valley students receive $190,000 in scholarships at ceremony

37 local students receive scholarships at YouthPower365 Dollars for Scholars event

$190,000 in community scholarships was awarded to 37 students from around the county at the Vail Valley Foundation's YouthPower365 Dollars for Scholars ceremony at Battle Mountain High School on May 2.
Tomas Cohen | Special to the Daily

Springtime is a momentous time of year for graduates as they get ready for summer and look ahead to big decisions in school and life.

For 37 Vail Valley students, the next chapter got much brighter at a May 2 ceremony in Avon as they received more than $190,000 in scholarships thanks to the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 Dollars for Scholars award ceremony. Nineteen local entities awarded scholarships to students.

Here are this year’s scholarship winners:

The Cycle Effect — East West Hospitality Scholarship

The scholarship was founded in 2018 with the goal of enabling The Cycle Effect participants to continue into post-secondary education, pursue their dreams and create a brighter future. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be active participants in The Cycle Effect in Eagle County who have shown dedication, perseverance, leadership, volunteerism and academic success.

Awarded to: Ashley Mendoza-Salmon, Battle Mountain High School

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C3 Scholarship

C3 stands for Completion of College in Colorado and the scholarship is a partnership with Guardian Scholars. It’s a need-based scholarship for high-achieving students attending Colorado Mesa University or Colorado Mountain College. It’s renewable for up to four years or completion of a bachelor’s degree. The fund was created from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Matching Student Scholarship and additional generous community members.

Awarded to: Carlos Quezada (Eagle Valley High School), Maria Marin Garcia (EVHS), Adam Vasquez (EVHS), Alejandra Rocha (EVHS), David Gonzalez (EVHS), Giselle Becerra (BMHS), Gaja Wilson (BMHS)

Ashley Palumbo Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Ashley Palumbo, a vivacious young woman who lost her life living it to the fullest. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor and to give financial support to deserving students who seek to continue their education through attending a college or university. The recipient of the award possesses the characteristics of Ashley.

Awarded to: Brooklyn Vargas, EVHS

Crissa Lea Swinford Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Battle Mountain High School females only who show academic performance, strength of character, leadership potential and an interest in community issues.

Awarded to: Lillian Benway, BMHS

VPAC Aspire Award

The VPAC Aspire Award is provided by the Vilar Performing Arts Center Guild to support exceptional students who are actively pursuing mastery-level instruction or a collegiate education in the performing arts.

Awarded to: Lucah Katauskas, BMHS

Hopper Scholarship

This award is intended for an Eagle County resident, enrolling in a four-year college/university degree program. Financial need and academic achievement are important considerations.

Awarded to: Alexander Arroyo, BMHS

Girl PowHER Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for deserving female students in Eagle County who have participated in the Girl PowHER program and who would not otherwise be able to attend an institution of higher learning due to financial hardship and challenging life obstacles.

Awarded to: Sidney Brito (Red Canyon High School), Karen Gutierrez (BMHS)

June S. Kang Love of the Arts Scholarship

In 2010, the June S. Kang Love of the Arts committee and the Vail Valley Foundation established an endowment to guarantee perpetual funding of the June S. Kang Love of the Arts Scholarship. The June S. Kang family and her husband Han Mu Kang established the fund that was matched by community partners including the Arrowhead Community, Vail Valley Foundation, and many private donations in memoriam of June Kang. Applicants must meet all general criteria and show proven artistic ability in at least one of the art areas: dance, literature, music, theatre, traditional arts, and visual arts.

Awarded to: Avery Doan, EVHS

Tom and Margaret Edwards Scholarship

This award is intended for students from Eagle Valley High School who have shown leadership, tenacity, and contribution to community.

Awarded to: Gabriel Tena, EVHS

Explorers Scholarship

The Explorers Scholarship will support a student who would like to broaden their horizons and attend a school outside of the state of Colorado. Students who wish to explore different locales, cultures, and demographics are encouraged to apply.

Awarded to: Matthew Grewe, EVHS

Tom Bashford Dream Builders Scholarship

The Tom Bashford Dream Builders scholarship will support a student of EVHS, BMHS or VCHS intending to major in interior design, architecture, or general engineering.

Awarded to: Autumn Russ (EVHS), Jonathan Guzman (EVHS)

Vail Summit Orthopedics Scholarship

The Vail Summit Orthopedics Scholarship is a one-year scholarship awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

Awarded to: Alexis Perez, BMHS

Vail Valley Business Women Scholarship

The VVBW’s Scholarship is given to young women graduating from Eagle County High Schools intending to study business at a two- or four-year college or university. These young women must have displayed leadership and achievement in their high school years, be deserving because of a financial need, and/or overcame challenging life obstacles.

Awarded to: Ashley Mendoza-Salmon (BMHS), Harley Ralston (RCHS), Elsy Fernandez (BMHS), Taylor Calton (EVHS), Tanner Pierce-Durance (VCHS)

Alexander J. Allen Trust Scholarship

The scholarship was established from the trust of Dr. Allen through the Board of Eagle County Commissioners to award scholarships to deserving students of Eagle County high schools. Dr. Allen instructed that “preference be given to intelligent and needy students to encourage and assist them in gaining a college education.”

Awarded to: Luke Morrisey (EVHS), Madysen Callis (EVHS), Piper Russell (BMHS), Erika Cruz Duke (BMHS), Sophia Cruz Duke (BMHS)

Mike King Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship sponsors one high school senior from Battle Mountain High School seeking higher education in a science related field. The award recipient will display a passion for wildlife and environmental conservation and attend a 4-year college. This award is given in memory of beloved Battle Mountain teacher for over 30 years, Mike King, by his family.

Awarded to: Jackson Borg, BMHS

Vail Health Employee Dependent Scholarship

Vail Health Employee Dependent Scholarships are offered to children and legal dependents of current, full-time (12 months or longer) employees of Vail Health. These four-year, merit-based scholarships are intended for Eagle County graduating seniors who display academic excellence (3.0 or higher) with a desire to further their education in the fall year of application.

Awarded to: Carolina Loya (BMHS), Eleanor Sheahan (BMHS), Blake Layman (VCHS), Alexander Arroyo (BMHS)

Teacher Education Pipeline Scholarship

TEPS scholarships are an opportunity for individuals who are interested in earning their Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Colorado Mountain College. Interested individuals can either be new to our education program or existing students declared in our program. This scholarship was specifically developed to attract and retain future teachers in our program and to reduce financial barriers for those committed to pursuing a full-time career in teaching.

Awarded to: Melisa Villegas, EVHS

Vail Resorts EpicPromise Scholarship

The Vail Resorts, Inc. scholarship program has been established to assist qualified graduating high school seniors with annual financial support to offset the expenses of their college education. It is the goal of this program to award four, four-year scholarships to students based on certain criteria. It is the desire of Vail Resorts, Inc. to award dependents of Vail Resorts staff. Recipients are selected by the Vail Resorts Scholarship Award Committee based on the following equally-weighed criteria: a) academic performance: b) essay/extra-curricular activities c) letter of recommendation; and d) financial need. Awards will be presented in the names of the four Vail Founders (Pete Seibert, Earl Eaton, Sarge Brown, and Bob Parker).

Awarded to: Cooper Hawkins (EVHS), Emma Blakslee (Vail Mountain School), Hunter Kohrmann (EVHS), Jesse Moser (EVHS)

Eric Spry Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student-athlete that best exemplifies the qualities that made Eric so special. This person will be an athlete, a scholar, and someone who likes to help other people. This individual will have a fun-loving personality and an enthusiasm for life. Finally, this is a person who has met life’s challenges and struggles head on and that has worked extremely hard for everything they have accomplished. If you live your life as Eric did then a quote that Eric liked to recite from running legend Steve Prefontaine will ring true to you: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

Awarded to: Brogan Murray, BMHS

YouthPower365 would also like to thank: Kala Bettis, Joshua Wright, Kristan Carey, Ashley Rethemeyer, Tammi Boeke, Nicholas Hoeger, Nicole Grilli, Krista Kedrowski, Charlene Whitney, Lori Hixon, Marissa Ferrara, Jordan Shomaker, and all our administrators, donors, and interviewers.

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