Vail Valley student wins prestigious scholarship |

Vail Valley student wins prestigious scholarship

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Valley senior Alyssa Evans will attend the University of Denver

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Colorado College or the University of Denver? That was the question for Battle Mountain High School senior Alyssa Evans.

Up until two weeks ago, Evans was like any other high school senior, waiting patiently to hear back from the admissions offices at the various colleges she had applied to. Little did Evans know that she would be the first in 15 years at Battle Mountain and the 10th in 58 years in Eagle County to receive a Boettcher Foundation Scholarship.

Each year, the Boettcher Foundation grants 40 scholarships to Colorado high school students. These awards cover virtually all college expenses for recipients who choose to further their education in Colorado.

The scholarships consist of full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The scholarships are granted for eight semesters at either a public or private four-year college or university within the state as long as the student maintains a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

“Evans is an excellent leader at Battle Mountain High School,” Principal Philip Qualman says.. “She’s taken advantage of the many opportunities in our school and is a good example of what the potential is of students who apply themselves.”

The many opportunities Qualman is referring to includes a laundry list of clubs and activities, including student council, National Honors Society, drama, Future Business Leaders of America and speech.

To be eligible for one of these prestigious awards, students must rank among the top 5 percent of their graduating class, have a combined score of at least 1200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or a composite ACT score of at least 27, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and a Colorado resident for their junior and senior years of high school.

“After much deliberation, I have decided to go to DU,” Evans says. “I visited both the CC and DU campuses a few times each, and I just feel more comfortable at DU in terms of atmosphere, location, experience and people. DU will also pay for a fifth year so I can get a master’s degree, which I am definitely interested in.”

Evans says she is unsure about what she wants to major in though international business, English and cognitive neuro-science are among her interests, she says.

For more information on the Boettcher Scholarship Program, contact Katy Craig, director of scholarship programs, at 303-534-1937.

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