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Local scholarships have students’ backs

By Will Grandbois
Sopris Sun Staff Writer

Local organizations announced $128,000 in financial aid for Roaring Fork High School students at scholarship night on May 15 as their proud parents listened to the litany.

Though many of those present gave a great deal of credit to counselor Andrea Caruso, she was humble as she addressed the assembly.

“This is one of my favorite nights of the year because we get to celebrate the incredible lives of young people who are about to start this important new stage,” she said. “These organizations represent the same generosity that we see in the kids that are here tonight… I hope you recognize that these scholarships represent our belief in you. We know you’re going to do wonderful things.”

One student who garnered particular recognition was Aldo Pinela, who walked away with eight separate scholarships. He plans to attend Colorado Mesa University and take courses from Western Colorado Community College in diesel technology.

“People are very generous,” he said. “It’s an honor and a blessing. It feels like four years of hard work is paying off.”

While local grants may not cover as much as the Boettcher Scholarship or Daniels Fund, principal Drew Adams sees them as an unprecedented sign of support.

“I’ve never seen this level of offering from a community to the high school,” he said.

Elsewhere, many students count mostly on state and federal funds, or on financial aid from the colleges themselves. Here, however, many of the donors know the students personally.

“They’re really being chosen for who they are,” Adams said. “To get that recognition really demonstrations the caliber of the type of student we have.”


Alpine Bank

Hispanic Scholar

Jenny Rios

American Legion 100

Buckshot Barry, Madeleine Miller, Tavia Teitler, Jasmin Contreras

Sons of the American Legion

Buckshot Barry

American Legion 100 Women’s Auxiliary

Maggie Eagleton

Aspen Board of Realtors

Reed Featherstone, Yaislin Vensior, Eduardo Yanez, Lily Ramos, Yareli Meraz, Bianca De La Torre

Aspen Community Theater

Emily Henley

Aspen Public Radio

Jensen Platero

Aspen Thrift Shop

Aldo Pinela

Brenda Patch

Basketball Scholarship

Jasmin Lopez, Aldo Pinela

Brenda Patch Memorial Scholarship

Hayden Bernot

Buddy Program

Yareli Meraz, Aldo Pinela, Kristin Page, Elle Derby

Carbondale Rotary

Yarelie Meraz,

Eryn Doherty, Aldo Pinela, Reed Featherstone,

Corey Johnson

CMC Foundation

Jenny RIos, Yareli Meraz

Colorado PEO

Corey Johnson

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

Reed Featherstone, Bianca

De La Torre, Jazmin Lopez, Jazmin Contreras, Sean Smollen, Yarelie Meraz,

Yaislin Venzor, Haison Villareal

Defiance Community

Players

Emily Henley

Fast Forward Scholarship

Kade Kennedy, Aldo Pinela, Haisson Villareal, Yarelie Meraz, Melisa Sanchez

Friends of the Glenwood Springs Airport

Andrew Kollar,

Reed Featherstone

Glenwood Springs

Board of Realtors:

Aldo Pinela

Harley Baldwin

Memorial Scholarship

Reed Featherstone,

Yaislin Vensior

John Gold Pre-Collegiate Scholarship

Aileen Arrevelo, Corey

Johnson, Jensen Platero, Aldo Pinela, Cindy Salinas, Jasmin Lopez, Jasmin Contreras

Katherine Long

Education Scholarship

Lindsay Hansen

RFCEA Future

Scholarship

Lindsay Hansen

RFHS Booster Club

Yarelie Meraz,

Maeve O'Donnell Pax,

Aldo Pinela, Wes Engstrom

Roaring Fork Rotary Club

Melisa Sanchez