Vail Valley Cares awards scholarships to 10 Eagle County students |

Vail Valley Cares awards scholarships to 10 Eagle County students

EAGLE — In its second year, the Vail Valley Cares scholarship program, offered in partnership with Colorado Mountain College, recently announced 10 student recipients for the 2015-16 school year. Each student receives a one-year scholarship totaling $2,000 to attend the CMC campus of his or her choice. Vail Valley Cares awarded $20,000 total in scholarship funds for the coming school year.

Vail Valley Cares CMC Scholarship recipients are Eagle County residents who have a desire for a college education. This year’s recipients are: Casandra Armas, MacKenzie Cooper, Sarah Crabtree, Melanie McKinney, Cherie Rollins, Ivette Rosales, Breana Rudiger, Mingma Sherpa and Christine Stone.

“We are really excited to be able to give these scholarships,” said Greg Osteen, Vail Valley Cares director. “We look for ways to lift up and better our community, and being able to assist in educating our community seems a natural fit.”


To qualify for a Vail Valley Cares Scholarship, applicants must meet guidelines that include: Eagle County residency; the desire for a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree; full-time or part-time enrollment; a consistent 2.5 or above GPA (on a 4.0 scale); and a history of community involvement, volunteerism and/or commitment to the shared community.

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Vail Valley Cares and the Thrifty Shops in Eagle and Edwards award 10 scholarships each calendar year of up to $2,000 per scholarship at the discretion of the CMC Scholarship Committee. This is double the number of scholarships offered in 2014. Scholarships may be used for books, tuition and/or fees. If remedial courses are needed to help the applicant become college-ready, the scholarship may be used for completion of those classes, as well.

Vail Valley Cares Scholarships are valid at any CMC campus and are designed to provide assistance for students who demonstrate a financial need. Scholarship applications are available each winter and applications can be accessed online. For more information, visit the website


Scholarships are the latest community-focused endeavor funded by Vail Valley Cares and the Eagle and Edwards Thrifty Shops. Employees of the organization and shops have helped thousands of people in need by funding more than $3 million in grants to local charitable organizations since 2000. Vail Valley Cares and the Thrifty Shops also provide household items and clothing to other nonprofit organizations for their constituents.

Vail Valley Cares is a local ecumenical nonprofit Christian help organization formed in 1994 by local churches to assist people in the Eagle River Valley community. Vail Valley Cares is dedicated to sharing the love of God by meeting people’s needs, and the organization works with and complements the efforts of other benevolent organizations in the valley. The group practices “charitable ecology” — improving the environment while helping others in need.

Past recognitions of the Vail Valley Cares program include the Vail Daily’s Best Charity award and the Vail Valley Partnership Citizen of the Year award.

For information on the organization, go to or visit the Thrifty Stores in Edwards on U.S. Highway 6 across from Starbucks in The Riverwalk or in Eagle on Chambers Avenue one mile east of the post office.

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