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Aspen foundation honors students, educators

ASPEN – The Aspen Community Foundation recently announced that five of its scholarship funds will provide $61,500 in financial aid to 31 Roaring Fork Valley students.

The student scholarship funds are the Harley Baldwin Memorial Scholarship, the Tom Peirce Memorial Scholarship, the John Gold Pre-Collegiate Program Scholarship, the Carolyn Powers/Jazz Aspen Snowmass Scholarship and the David F. Gibson Trailblazer Scholarship.

Students at the following towns’ and cities’ high schools received financial aid:

• Aspen – two scholarships, $4,000 total.

• Basalt – six scholarships, $11,500 total.

• Roaring Fork – one scholarship, $1,500 total.

• Glenwood – six scholarships, $10,500 total.

Also, 16 scholarships totaling $34,000 were awarded to students currently attending college.

Scholarship committees are made up of community members who review each application and, in some cases, interview potential recipients. Since 2000, the Aspen Community Foundation has awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to 142 students.

Additionally, 10 teachers are the recipients of awards totaling $46,000.

The Patricia C. Moore Teacher Award Fund was established at the Aspen Community Foundation to honor outstanding public school teachers in the Aspen School District and thank them for their dedication to quality education, student achievement and community leadership.

This year’s recipients, who received $5,000 in cash as part of the award, are as follows:

• Kathy Klug – college counselor, Aspen High School.

• Kimberly Knol – first-grade teacher, Aspen Elementary School.

• Darcy Kyle – fifth- through eighth-grade math, Aspen Community School.

• Mark Munger – sixth-grade teacher, Aspen Middle School.

• Andy Popinchalk -ninth- and 12th-grade teacher, Aspen High School.

• Molly Tiernan – counselor, Aspen Middle School.

The Patricia C. Moore Donor Advised Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation also sponsors the Grand Valley Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. Four $2,500 awards are presented to one teacher at each of the schools in Parachute. One thousand dollars of the award is gifted directly to the teacher, and $1,500 will fund a project or projects directed by the teacher at their school.

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