Thursday, April 21st, 2016
One-third of 2016 Scholarship Recipients First in their Family to Attend College
2016 marks the 26th year The Summit Foundation has awarded scholarships to outstanding local high school graduates, with over $2.6 million in funds allocated to more than 1,000 students since the awards began in 1991.
This spring, 58 scholarships totaling just over $200,000 was awarded, with one-third of these recipients the first in their family to attend college. The highly competitive selection process selects the top students based on academic excellence, financial need, community service and leadership.
“We know college is expensive, and The Summit Foundation is pleased to assist these hard-working students and their families in pursuing their dreams of a college education,” said Kelly Renoux, The Summit Foundation Trustee and Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
The Summit Foundation provides over half of the total college scholarships awarded in Summit County. In addition, over 70 community scholarship funds also recognize the students. Earlier this year, The Summit Foundation mechanized a standard scholarship application and selection process for all of the community funds.
Various entities in the community entrust The Summit Foundation to administer their scholarship funds including Summit County Government, Copper Mountain Resort, Summit County Rotary Club and the Moniker Foundation. This year, The Summit Foundation distributed over $65,000 from 15 scholarship funds established by generous individuals and organizations.
Funding for The Summit Foundation scholarships comes from over 3,000 generous donors who make direct donations, participate in employee giving programs and support our fundraising events like the Great Rubber Duck Race.
Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients, and best wishes for a successful future.