Graduating seniors in Aspen, Basalt receive $684,000 in scholarship grants |

Graduating seniors in Aspen, Basalt receive $684,000 in scholarship grants

Staff report

Every spring at the close of the academic year, a great emotional and financial outpouring occurs in the Roaring Fork Valley.

When students graduate from the various high schools, the valley’s parents and educators wish them well as they move on to adult life, some to college, some to the military and some to the workforce. A mostly untold story is the plethora of scholarships that support these young adults in their future endeavors.

In 2015, between Aspen and Basalt high schools alone, a whopping $684,000 was awarded to 110 students to aid in their post-secondary education. In Aspen, 46 businesses, nonprofits and other granting organizations provided some kind of scholarship funding to students. In Basalt, 37 organizations pitched in. (Many organizations award scholarships to students at both high schools.)

It’s an impressive gesture of support for local youth that The Aspen Times deemed worthy of a complete list. Virtually every valley resident will recognize some of the names below, whether it’s a business donating scholarship dollars or a neighborhood kid receiving an award.