AHS grad in search of ‘American Dream’
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Aspen High School graduate Esau Rodriguez, one of the recipients of an Alpine Bank scholarship to Colorado Mountain College this year, is looking to fulfill his own version of the American Dream.
And that dream, he said in his application essay for the award, is not necessarily to become wealthy, but simply to identify and stretch toward whatever potential goals he sees.
Every year, Alpine Bank awards scholarships to Hispanic and Latino students who exhibit a strong desire to pursue a college education. The award honors seniors at high schools within CMC’s 12,000-square-mile-district, by providing two years of in-district tuition and books at one of the different campus locations.
Rodriguez, in an essay that the bank declared “exemplifies the dedication of the scholars chosen for the honor,” wrote: “I want to really succeed in working for the American dream, which, in my opinion is not to be rich, but to have gone to the far reaches of your potential in life.”
Throughout school, according to Kristen Carlson of CMC, Rodriguez “worked consistently to help support his family. From landscaping and maintenance to cooking and working at the Aspen Youth Center, he contributed to his community and his family … all while maintaining solid grades in challenging courses, such as biology, psychology and world literature.”
Rodriguez also was credited with volunteering at community events and on “mission trips,” and hopes to earn an associate degree at CMC, then advance to a four-year college for training to become a school counselor or a lawyer.
Other recipients of scholarship awards include Nadya Arana (Glenwood Springs High School), Wendy Sanchez (Yampah Mountain High School), Sergio Mendoza (Roaring Fork High School), Maira Cubias and Esmeralda Salvatierra (Basalt High School), Edwin Sanabria (Rifle High School), Pedro Luevano (Eagle Valley High School), Tanya Solis (Battle Mountain High School) and Tracy Steele (Steamboat Springs High School).
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