Leadville News – June 5

Four LCHS Students Receive HMI Scholarships

The following press release was contributed by High Mountain Institute, located in Leadville Today.

hmi_signLake County High School sophomores Hannah Holm, MacKenzie Reigel, and Bailey Sprague, as well as junior Edgar Tarango are the recipients of this year’s High Mountain Institute (HMI) scholarships.

From a competitive applicant pool, these LCHS scholarship recipients were selected for their commitment to academics, leadership, and involvement in their greater communities. Reigel and Sprague will attend the HMI Semester next year while Holm and Tarango will attend the HMI Summer Term.

The merit scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for each recipient, a $30,140 value for the HMI Semester, and a $8,900 value for the HMI Summer Term. This year, thanks in part to a partnership with Get Outdoor Leadville!, HMI was able an additional scholarship that has not be available in recent years.

Since inception in 1998, a total of 34 LCHS students have attended HMI on full merit scholarships. Past LCHS-HMI alumni have attended colleges such as University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado State University.

HMI Students from LCHS

Lake County High School sophomores (L to R) Hannah Holm, MacKenzie Reigel, and Bailey Sprague, as well as junior Edgar Tarango are the recipients of this year’s High Mountain Institute (HMI) scholarships.

The High Mountain Institute is a semester-long boarding school for high school juniors. Each semester a new cohort of 48 students travel to Leadville from all over the country to partake in the school’s rigorous academic curriculum, extended backpacking expeditions, and a small, intentional community.

In addition to the semester program, HMI offers a 5-week Summer Term for high schoolers, a two week backpacking trip for middle schoolers, and a variety of adult programs including wilderness medicine and avalanche awareness training. HMI also partners with Full Circle of Lake County each summer to offer a free, week-long backpacking program for Lake County 7th and 8th graders.

High School Seniors Ready For Next Step

By Kate Bartlett, Lake County School District

The last week of the Lake County School District (LCSD) included a Class Day celebration, where LCHS graduates received $354,800 in scholarships to continue their education. Several students earned prestigious large multi-year scholarships that will cover the cost of much of their college tuition.


Some of the funds raised through the Leadville Race Series events are turned into scholarship gold for Leadville students in the form of scholarship from the Leadville Legacy Foundation. Photo: Legacy Facebook Page.

Once again, many local entities gave generously to allow our students to start the next phase of their lives with financial support. The Trail 100 Legacy Foundation continued its tradition of awarding a $1,000 scholarship to every graduate. The entities and scholarships that were represented and awarded at Class Day are listed below. Thank you to the community for your deep and wide support of Lake County students!

Scholarships Awarded – 2017-18:

  • Adolph & Mary Ann Sadar
  • Elks: Chris Quinn
  • Elks National Foundation
  • Climax Molybdenum-Freeport McMoRan
  • Cloud City Cruisers
  • Colorado Mountain College Faculty Scholarship
  • Colorado State Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers (Edie Pottenger Scholarship)
  • Colorado Mountain College Presidential
  • Corinthian Lodge #35 Gary Baker
  • Masonic Benevolent Fund Vocational Grant
  • County Sheriffs of Colorado
  • Delta Kappa Gamma
  • Dessie Marie Powell
  • Keogh Family Foundation
  • Leadville Boom Days Scholarship
  • Lila B. Nelson
  • Mary B. Cassidy
  • Next Gen Personal Finance Payback
  • Sangre de Christo Electric Association, Inc., Basin Affiliate, Scholarship
  • Ski Cooper
  • Summit Foundation
  • Sylvia Stoner Memorial Grant & PEO Sisterhood Chapter AF
  • Trail 100 Legacy Foundation
  • Women of Hope
  • Western State Colorado University – Western Select Scholarship
  • Regis University – Regis Grant, Regis Achievement Award, Colorado Student Grant
  • Mesa State University – Distinguished Scholar, First Generation
  • University of Northern Colorado – Provost Scholarship
  • Montana State University – Achievement Award
  • CSU Pueblo – Promising Scholarship

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