A record 21 recipients propelled the Rotary Club of Westminster’s scholarship program to more than $1 million awarded since it began in the 1990s. This year’s grantees were presented scholarships …
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A record 21 recipients propelled the Rotary Club of Westminster’s scholarship program to more than $1 million awarded since it began in the 1990s.
This year’s grantees were presented scholarships at a May dinner meeting, which featured Gregg Moss, Metro North Chamber of Commerce CEO, as Keynote Speaker. Family members of recipients were also guests of the Rotary Club at the dinner meeting held at Ciancio’s at Hyland Hills Golf Course.
The 21 beneficiaries were selected from 75 applicants by interview teams of Rotary Club of Westminster members. The winners represented eight Metro North High Schools: Belleview Christian, Holy Family, Jefferson Academy, Legacy, Westminster, Mountain Range, Northglenn and Thornton.
Premier Scholarship of $4,000 was awarded to Josephine Page, a graduating senior at Legacy High School. It is funded by a $100,000 grant from the estate of the late Mike Schaffner, former Rotarian and Westminster business person.
Rotary members and retired School District 50 administrators Don Rhoda and Larry Malsam chaired the program for more than a decade. Bill Bowman headed the Scholarship committee for seven years, and Deb Haviland chaired and organized the 2018-19 achievement.
Retired CPA Ron Schaefer has been the connection with colleges and universities for more than two decades, submitting tuition grants and monitoring minimum grade standards of recipients.
The Rotary Club of Westminster meets each Thursday at Ciancio’s, 96th and Sheridan. .
2019 Scholarship recipients are:
Club Choice Uplift Scholarship
Timothy Sanders, Thornton HS: University of Northern Colorado; Engineering
Mike Schaffner Opportunity Scholarship
Josephine Page, Legacy HS: Cornell College, Iowa; Psychology/Pediatric Therapy
Karsten Deuschle Pay-It-Forward Scholarship
Krysta Couzi, Jefferson Academy HS: St. Louis University; Communication/Public Health
Bennett Family Memorial Scholarships
Mitzy Gonzalez, Westminster HS: Metro State University of Colorado; Trauma Nursing
Ximena Ferrel Santo, Westminster HS: University of Colorado-Denver; Criminal Justice/Investigator
Gayesky Family Business/Real Estate Scholarships
Jacob Konarsky, Mountain Range HS: Washburn University, Kansas; Management/Marketing
Gabriella Ojala, Holy Family HS: University of Colorado-Boulder; Real Estate/Communications
Schaefer Accounting/Real Estate Scholarship
Jorge Renteria, Northglenn HS: University of Colorado-Boulder; Business Administration
Flachman Communication/Media Studies Scholarship
Eleanor Wall, Jefferson Academy HS: Regis University; Communications/Criminial Justice
Archer Business Career Scholarship
Sierra Tybon, Jefferson Academy HS: Regis University; Business/Marketing
Verhey Arts Studies Scholarship
BreAnna Romero, Westminster HS: Savannah College of Arts and Design, Georgia; Film/Television Production
Tuttle Visual Arts & Technology Scholarship
Monica Brown, Jefferson Academy HS: Concordia University, Nebraska; Graphic Design
Rondinelli Education Career Scholarship
Fernanda Alba Gonzalez, Westminster HS: Metro State University; Education/English Teacher
Kimberly Brundage Memorial Scholarship
Itzel Cano, Westminster HS: Metro State University; Law/Business
Julia Pham, Westminster HS: Colorado School of Mines; Chemical Engineering
Brynn Wooten, Jefferson Academy HS: Fort Hays State University, Kansas; Geology/Paleontology
Paolo Perez, Westminster HS: Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Veterinary Medicine
Ashley Renzelman, Jefferson Academy HS: Colorado School of Mines; Mechanical Engineering
Jerome Dinakar, Jefferson Academy HS: University of Illinois; Computer Science/Robotics
Ellenore Duncan, Belleview Christian HS: Grand Canyon University, Arizona; Elementary Education
Sarah Boller-Lock Scholarship
Esmeralda Perez, Westminster HS: University of Colorado-Boulder; Law/Criminal Justice
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