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Archive for May, 2013

Grant and Scholarship Awards Reception June 27th

On the evening of Thursday, June 27th, The Summit Foundation will recognize the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 nonprofit grant recipients as well as the 2013 scholarship awardees. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Keystone Conference Center, the public is welcome. Please RSVP to The Summit Foundation by Friday, June 21st by calling 970.453.5970 or emailing [email protected]

Spring 2013 Senior Scholarships Awarded

91 members of the 2013 class at Summit High School were awarded more than $323,000 in scholarships on April 1, 2013.  The Summit Foundation and its partners provided 64 Summit High School students with $133,110 in scholarships. Six of the scholarships awarded by The Foundation were distributed through a joint program with Summit County Government.

Julie Chandler, mother of Nicole Chandler, stated, “Our family is eternally grateful for The Summit Foundation’s support of Nicole’s education. Your amazing generosity has reinforced Nicole’s understanding of how wonderful it has been to grow up in such a loving and giving community.”

In addition to the scholarships awarded to Summit High School graduates, five scholarships totaling $7,000 were awarded this spring to students graduating from neighboring community high schools. The neighboring schools with students who received spring scholarships included Lake County, South Park, and Vail Mountain School.

Since 1991, The Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded more than $2 million to local high school graduates.

Click here for a complete list of Spring 2013 Scholarships Awarded.

The Summit Foundation develops Youth Giving Council

$10,000 in funding awarded in mini-grants

In April, the newly formed Youth Giving Council at Summit High School awarded $10,000 in grants to local nonprofits and student organizations.  Comprised of students from the Summit High School Leadership class, the Youth Giving Council was started in the fall of 2012 and had been the long-time brainchild of The Summit Foundation Board of Trustee, Gini Bradley.  The group focuses on teaching youth about philanthropy while allowing them to participate in the grant process.

The Summit Foundation’s Events & Marketing Coordinator Elisabeth Lawrence and Trustee Gini Bradley led the students through creating a funding priority, developing a grant application, determining a deadline for submission, and then sharing the opportunity with local nonprofits and student groups.  Groups applied to the Council for mini-grants (up to $1,500) that would have a significant impact on Summit County youth.  The Council then reviewed the applications and determined their grant award amounts.

Sophomore Emily Carlson said, “I like that something we are doing now can make a lasting impact on the future of Summit County youth.”  All the students agreed that it was a great opportunity to give back to the community and learn about many local nonprofits.

The students selected these groups to receive funds for the following projects:

After Prom Committee – headline entertainment for the after prom event

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center – youth ski/snowboard program

Dillon Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program – new dock

Easter Seals Colorado – Camp Summit

Far View Horse Rescue – horse stock enclosure

High Country Conservation Center – Dillon Valley Elementary community garden

Keystone Science School – scholarships for summer day camp

Silverthorne Elementary School – cafeteria murals

Snowy Peaks High School – welding equipment

Summit Advocates for Gifted Education – DeMartini goal setting event

Summit Cove Elementary – CrossFit for Kids afterschool program

Swan Center Outreach – Leadership & Sustainability with Horses program



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