Legacy Gives $55,000 in High School Scholarships
The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation awarded $55,000 in scholarships at Class Day on May 28 to graduating Lake County High School seniors who have chosen to pursue a higher education. This was the first year since the Legacy scholarships were instituted in 2009 that all graduating seniors applied for the award and ALL 55 members of the Class of 2015 have received the financial stipend – Congratulations!
A bit of background . . . In 2002, the Leadville Trail 100, now the Leadville Race Series owned and operated by Life Time, created the Legacy Foundation as its nonprofit foundation to formalize a pathway to meet ever increasing community needs. The Legacy fund continues to grow through generous contributions from individuals and corporations, as well as a portion of race entry fees. Since the foundation’s inception, tens of thousands of dollars have been contributed, with every dollar spent going directly to meet the needs of the Leadville/Lake County community.
These contributions have made it possible for the LT100 Legacy to support such efforts as the Community Park, the SnoCat Groomer for Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail and Youth Basketball in Lake County to name a few. Of course, no recipients are more gratefully excited than the Leadville children who receive gifts from Santa during the Legacy’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party at The Center.
But the foundation ramped things up to a whole new level in 2009, when the Legacy Scholarship Program was added. For many motivated students the rising cost of education is prohibiting their dream of continuing their education past high school. The Legacy Scholarship Program is making that dream a reality for many Lake County students.
“Giving these scholarships every year to the students of Lake County High School is such an honor for me and the entire Leadville Legacy Foundation Board,” said Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Trail 100 Race Series. “It is our hope these scholarships can help to encourage students from our community to further their education and become successful in future academic endeavors, and bring that success back to the Leadville community.”
In its first year, the Legacy distributed $26,000 in scholarships to graduating Lake County High School seniors in 2009. Fast forward six years to yesterday’s scholarship presentation and that number has more than doubled to $55,000 in scholarships awarded to graduates planning on continuing their education at a university, vocational or technical school.
Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Legacy Foundation’s General Fund or to the Scholarship Program may do so by mailing a check to LT100 Legacy Foundation P.O. Box 487, Leadville, CO 80461. The Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
High School Graduation Set for Saturday May 30
Deadline for First Ascent Youth Program TODAY
Today, May 29 is the last day the First Ascent Youth Leadership program is accepting applications for its free, week-long course at Colorado Mountain College’s (CMC) campus in Leadville.
This is the 21st year of the program, which is an outdoor experiential course for students entering ninth, 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2015. Dates this year run from Monday, July 6, through Saturday, July 11.
First Ascent teaches leadership, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and communication. Students live at CMC’s residential halls in Leadville, and build self-esteem through new challenges such as rock climbing, summiting Mount Elbert and rafting the Arkansas River.
“This program has empowered hundreds of students to become actively involved in their school, community and family,” said Yesenia Arreola, youth outreach coordinator for CMC.
This year, the program will accept 35 students who show potential to be leaders and successful students. Counselors and staff are former graduates of the program, and students completing First Ascent can return to work as staff during future summers.
First Ascent is available to students living in eight counties: Chaffee, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Lake, Pitkin, Routt and Summit. Participant applications and optional recommendations from a counselor or teacher or other adult are due May 29.
For more information and to apply, go to LINK or contact Arreola at 970-947-8357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.