Four high school grads are Alpine Bank scholars
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Four recent graduates from Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork, Yampah Mountain and Coal Ridge high schools were awarded 2009 Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic scholarships.
The recipients were: Moses Galvan (GSHS), Maritza Casas (RFHS), Maira Serrano (YMHS) and Cynthia Garcia (CRHS).
Each student was awarded a two-year scholarship covering the cost of in-district tuition and books at any Colorado Mountain College campus.
Galvan sees the opportunity as a major step toward his career goal of earning a degree in civil engineering.
“I felt like it opened so many doors for me. It created more opportunity than I thought I had,” he said. “It’s an honor to be granted this opportunity to go to school.”
Galvan will be the first person in his immediate family to attend college and plans to study at CMC’s Roaring Fork campus.
In high school, he participated in the multicultural club during his sophomore year, ran track his junior year, and played lacrosse and was named all-conference honorable mention at offensive right tackle in football as a senior.
Casas, of Carbondale, has dreams of designing cars and motors. She plans to earn her associate degree at Spring Valley and then hopes to transfer to a four-year school, possibly the University of Colorado at Boulder, to study mechanical engineering.
“A big weight was lifted off my shoulders,” she said of the scholarship opportunity.
Garcia, of New Castle, plans to study business administration and management at the college’s Roaring Fork campus. She devoted hundreds of volunteer and community service hours during high school and was active with the National Honor Society, Leo Club and St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. She also helped organize a workshop for middle school girls on the issue of boundaries.
Garcia maintained a 3.5 grade point average while also working 10 to 20 hours a week. Her career goals are to continue her education at the University of Northern Colorado and to own a business with her dad.
“I think I could have gone to college without it, but I think it would have been much, much harder,” Garcia said.
Serrano plans to study at the college’s Roaring Fork campus to work toward her career goal of becoming a probation officer.
“I love communicating with people and trying to help them out,” Serrano said. “I want to help them realize their goals in life and stay focused.”
If not for the scholarship, she said she would not have been able to pursue college. She is the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school.
The annual scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit a strong desire to pursue a college education, some of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Since the program began in 1996 with five original scholarship recipients, the bank has awarded 95 scholarships totaling more than $350,000.
The other Alpine Bank Scholars this year are Lorena Delgadillo, Basalt High School; Jesse Garcia, Aspen High; Karen Barraza, Rifle High; Santana Jaramillo, Eagle Valley High; Cuhatlique Cardenas, Battle Mountain High; and Matt Vigil, Summit High.
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