Winner of Hispanic scholarship making contribution
When Alpine Bank and the Colorado Mountain College Foundation award their Hispanic Latino scholarships every year, they look for graduating high school students who are committed to pursuing education and to putting the results of that pursuit back to work in their home communities. In other words, they’re looking for someone like Esgar Acosta.Acosta, a 1996 graduate of Eagle Valley High School, is the first Alpine Bank Hispanic Scholarship recipient to graduate from a four-year college. After attending classes for two years at the Eagle and Glenwood Springs campuses of Colorado Mountain College, he obtained his associate degree and post certification through the community college’s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy. He then attended University of Northern Colorado from 1998 to 2000, earning a B.A. in Spanish and minoring in psychology.Acosta is now finishing up his second year as the shop teacher at Eagle Valley High School. This spring, Acosta helped students build cabinets for a Habitat for Humanity home.”The experience I gained from attending CMC is one of the main reasons why I went on for a four-year degree, and didn’t stop at just a two-year program,” said Acosta. “CMC has one of the best programs for anyone having doubts about being able to go to four year college.” Students and staff members at Eagle Valley High School say they have no doubts about Acosta’s work. “He can interact with students and makes an impact just by being there,” says Ann Leavitt, a counselor at Eagle Valley High School. “He is where he is supposed to be.”Glenn Davis, president of Alpine Bank, says the company, “couldn’t have asked for a better person” to be one of the first recipients its scholarship.” “Not only has he taken the initiative to improve his own life, but now he’s giving back to the young people of Eagle County and is helping them to improve their lives as well,” Davis says. The purpose of the Hispanic Latino Scholarship is to promote diversity at Colorado Mountain College and to open doors to qualified Hispanic and Latino high school graduates for a college education, Davis says. To Learn MoreFor more information on Colorado Mountain College, the Alpine Bank Hispanic Latino Scholarship, or the college’s new Vail-Eagle County campus, call 476-4040 or log on to http://www.coloradomtn.edu.