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Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship

The Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, the oldest continuing chapter of the state society founded in Montrose in 1935, established the Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship in December 2004 to honor the Moores.

Carlisle (Squint) Moore was a founding member of the local and state societies.  The society has over 100 members and holds monthly meetings where professional archeologists give interesting programs on local as well as worldwide archaeology.  In addition, the society sponsors field trips to local and distant archaeology sites throughout the year.  Squint Moore skillfully led many of these trips through his extensive knowledge of ancient and historical sites.  Mr. Moore received the state’s highest award for an avocational archeologist.  This scholarship was created to honor Squint Moore’s lifelong interest and dedication to the field of archaeology.

This is a $750 non-renewable scholarship. Funds may be applied but not limited to formal school study, field work, or on-going professional work.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  •  Eligible to high school, college or graduate students residing in or from the Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, San Miguel, and Ouray counties of  Colorado.
  •  Eligible for students currently enrolled in or planning to study archaeology and/or anthropology or closely related field.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • If you are a Montrose or Olathe High School Student, please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • If you are not a Montrose High School Student, please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application.
  • Your high school or current college transcript.
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements, honors/awards, and work experience.
  • At least two letters of recommendations from either school staff/faculty, coaches, mentors, or other personal references.
  • Two essay questions.

ESSAY QUESTIONS: Each part is to be a maximum of 500 words.

  • ESSAY PART #1: Your interest in archaeology and/or anthropology. Include any experiences or persons who have influenced this interest and your future goals in pursuing your interest.
  • ESSAY PART #2: Your need for financial assistance in pursuing your interest. Will this financial assistance be used for formal schooling, field work, and/or professional study?

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT:
MONTROSE & OLATHE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online, and follow the directions on MHS scholarship page. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system.

OTHER APPLICANTS:  Please complete the MCF Scholarship Application and submit the application and the REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS by March 15, 2018 to Montrose Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3020, Montrose, CO  81402 or submit electronically to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com.  Please note “Moore Scholarship” in the subject line and include all necessary attachments in a single email. Be sure your name is clearly included on each page of the submitted REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS.

Ken and Marlene Townsend Scholarship

Ken and Marlene Townsend and their family grew up in Montrose. They care a great deal about Montrose and the future of the community. This scholarship was established by Ken and Marlene Townsend to encourage the youth in this community to excel in years to come by helping Montrose High School students pursue their educational goals at a four year university or college.

The scholarship will be awarded to the deserving student(s) who excels scholastically, gives back to their community through community service and shows leadership and dedication through involvement in extracurricular activities.

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria this scholarship is granted to an exemplary student who is interested in education, passionate about their community and demonstrates financial need. The top candidates will be interviewed by the Townsend Family and a scholarship review committee. The interview and overall impression also factors heavily into the final candidate selection.

This is a $10,000, four-year renewable scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Graduating senior of Montrose High School in the year of the application; attended Montrose High School for at least three years.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Demonstration of financial need.
  • Be accepted at a four-year college or university, does NOT have to be in the state of Colorado.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements and honors/awards, and work experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Acceptance letter from the institution of your choice
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (The SAR is 1 page – do not submit your entire FAFSA package)
  • Financial aid package from college you are planning to attend (this is optional)
  • Two Essays

ESSAYS:  In a maximum of two pages total, please answer the following question(s):
ESSAY QUESTION #1:  Who or what inspires you?
And answer one of the following QUESTION #2 or #3:
ESSAY QUESTION #2:  Describe something you personally have done that has made a difference in your community.
Or
ESSAY QUESTION #3:  Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability in your school, work or community.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT:  Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, please contact the MCF Offices at 249-3900.

 

NEW! Bank of Colorado Heartfelt Scholarship

The Bank of Colorado (BOC) is a family owned and community focused business that began in 1900 and today serves communities throughout the Western Slope, the Eastern Plains, the Front Range, and the Four Corners Region. Each year the Montrose and Olathe branches participate in a Heartfelt Thanks event in for the community. The Coffee Trader hosts free beverages compliments of Bank of Colorado near or on Valentine’s Day. For every drink poured and paid for by BOC, the bank also makes a donation to a local non-profit or cause. In the past proceeds have gone to support Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans and Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans.

This event supports a locally-owned small business, it highlights a local non-profit organization or cause that benefits the community where we live and Bank of Colorado has an occasion to thank our community.  In 2018, a portion of the proceeds from the Heartfelt Thanks event will fund this scholarship.

The scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that does not take financial need into consideration. The Bank of Colorado Heartfelt Scholarship is intended to go to a student who is at the top of their class academically, as well as well-rounded, involved in their community, and who is pursuing post-secondary education at a four year college or university.

For 2018 there will be at least one $1,000, non-renewable scholarship granted.

CRITERIA – To be eligible the applicant must:

  • Be a graduating senior from Montrose or Olathe High Schools
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Be accepted at a four year college or university in the United States

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Montrose and Olathe High School students please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements and honors/awards, and work experience.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from either high school staff/faculty, coaches, mentors, or other personal references.
  • Copy of acceptance letter from a college or university where you plan to attend.
  • Three essay questions (1,000 word MAX for each essay)

ESSAY QUESTIONS: (Please limit each essay answer to 1,000 words or less.)

  • ESSAY QUESTION #1: Describe an event or circumstance from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.
  • ESSAY QUESTION #2: Describe why you want to get a college education and how you see it affecting your future success.
  • ESSAY QUESTION #3: Please share why you chose the field of study that you intend to pursue.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, please call the MCF Offices as 249-3900.

Cobble Creek Men's Association Golf Scholarship

The Cobble Creek Men’s Golf Association established the scholarship to help boys or girls who have been involved with the Montrose County high schools’ golf program to pursue their goals of attending a two or four year college or university.

The scholarship is intended to go to a student who is well-rounded, involved in their community, is pursuing post-secondary education, has a professional goal of being employed either inside or outside of the golfing industry, and believes that the game of golf has had an impact on their life so far. This is not a needs-based or merit-based scholarship.

For 2018 there will be two, $1000 non-renewable scholarships.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 

  • Be a Montrose County resident.
  • Be a graduating senior from a Montrose County High School (Montrose High School, Olathe High School, Peak Academy, Vista or Passage Charter Schools)
  • Played on the Montrose High School Boys or Girls Golf Team; preference will be given to student who played on a team for more than one year, but will not disqualify an applicant if the applicant only played one year.
  • Be accepted at a two or four year college or university. This includes: college, university, junior college, community college, technical institute, or vocational-technical school.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Montrose and Olathe High School students please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements and honors/awards, and work experience.
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • One essay question (One page maximum)

ESSAY QUESTION:  In one page or less please answer the following question:   Please explain how the game of golf impacted your life to this point and do you think there are any lessons that you learned from the game that will help you as a college student or later in life.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, please call the MCF Offices as 249-3900.

NEW! Montrose County Merit Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2017 to help graduating seniors from a high school in Montrose County pursue a degree from a four year college or university.  This is a merit-based scholarship that does not take financial need into consideration. The scholarship is intended to go to a student who is at the top of their class academically, as well as well-rounded, involved in their community, and who is pursuing post-secondary education at a four year college or university.

For 2018 there will be two, $3,000 non-renewable scholarships granted.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Be a graduating senior from a high school in Montrose County (Montrose High School, Olathe High School, Nucla High School)
  • Be in the top 5% of their graduating class
  • Be accepted at a four year college or university.
  • Must include testing scores on the application for either the SAT or ACT

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Montrose or Olathe High School students submit the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online application.
  • Nucla High School students, please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application.
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements, honors/awards, and work experience.
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One essay question (One page maximum)

ESSAY:
ESSAY QUESTION #1: In one page or less, please answer the question: Who are you?

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

TO SUBMIT:
MONTROSE & OLATHE HIGH SCHOOLS STUDENTS: Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system.

NUCLA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application. All supporting documents including the essays will need to be submitted together and sent to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com or mailed to MCF, PO Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402 by the March 15th deadline. Please make sure that all attachments have your name on them. Please include “Montrose Merit Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. If you have any questions, please call the MCF Offices as 249-3900.

Ken Gale Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Ken Gale Scholarship was created to reflect the values of this remarkable individual. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies the qualities that Mr. Gale demonstrated throughout his career in the Montrose Community. Mr. Gale’s achievements as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, City Councilman, and Mayor of Montrose, reflect an interest in business, government, and community affairs. In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, this scholarship is granted to the student that has demonstrated a high level of community service. This involvement should represent a ‘spirit’ that has taken the applicant beyond themselves and into the community. Similar to the ‘spirit’ that Ken Gale himself showed. This is not a needs-based scholarship.

For 2018, one, $1,350, non-renewable scholarship will be awarded.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Must show community involvement.
  • Must be a graduating senior or past graduate of Montrose County Schools.
  • Must be planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the fall of the year the scholarship is awarded. This includes: college, university, junior college, community college, technical institute, or vocational-technical school.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • If you are a Montrose or Olathe High School student please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online application.
  • If you are attending another school, please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application.
  •  Your high school or current college transcript.
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements, honors/awards, and work experience.
  • At least two letters of recommendations from school staff/faculty, coaches, mentors, or other personal references.
  • Three essays.

ESSAYS:
In essay format, answer the following questions (maximum length: 1 page per answer):
ESSAY QUESTION #1:  How have you been involved in your community while attending high school?
ESSAY QUESTION #2:   What do you see as the aspect of this community that needs the most improvement?  What suggestions would you make for that improvement and how could you contribute to that improvement?
ESSAY QUESTION #3:  What benefits have you received from your involvement in your community?

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT:
MONTROSE & OLATHE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online, and follow the directions on MHS scholarship page. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system.

OTHER APPLICANTS: Please complete the MCF Scholarship Application and submit the application and the REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS by March 15, 2018 to MCF, P.O. Box 3020, Montrose, CO  81402 or submit electronically to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com.  Please note “Ken Gale Chamber Scholarship” in the subject line and include all necessary attachments in a single email. The REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS for the Ken Gale Chamber Scholarship should be submitted directly to the MCF. Please be sure your name is clearly included on each page of the submitted REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS.

Montrose Rotary Club Scholarships

For many years, the Montrose Rotary Club has generously funded scholarships to well-rounded individuals. Scholarships will be given to students who live in Montrose or Olathe and are graduating from Montrose County School District High Schools including Vista Charter School, Passage Charter School, or a home-school program. In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, financial need is taken into consideration as well as the students’ overall, well-rounded profile. The Committee will give priority to students who are planning to attend Colorado Mesa University or another college/university in the state of Colorado, but all applications will be considered.

Multiple, non-renewable scholarships are given out in amounts between $1000 and $2000.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Must live in Montrose County and be a current graduate from Montrose County School District including Vista Charter School, Passage Charter School or Peak Virtual Academy.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Montrose or Olathe High School Students please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • Other students please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application.
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements and honors/awards, and work experience.
  • A letter of reccommendation
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (The SAR is 1 page – do not submit your entire FAFSA package)
  • Financial aid package from college you are planning to attend (this is optional)
  • Two Essays (max. 2 pages total)

ESSAYS:  In a maximum of two pages, please answer the following questions:

ESSAY QUESTION #1:  Specifically, what involvement, accomplishment, and/or experience have led you to your career choice?  Why?ESSAY QUESTION #2:  Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT: 
MONTROSE OR OLATHE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, please contact the MCF Offices at 249-3900.

OTHER STUDENTS: Please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application. All supporting documents including the essays will need to be submitted together and sent to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com or mailed to MCF, PO Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402 by the March 15th deadline. Please make sure that all attachments have your name on them. Please include “Montrose Rotary Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. If you have any questions, please call the MCF Offices as 249-3900.

Ada M. White and Luther B. White Memorial Scholarship

The family of Ada M. White, under the direction of her brother, Lester Moore of Denver, created the Ada M. and Luther B. White Memorial Scholarship for Montrose High School graduates in 1999.  Ada Madeline Moore White was born in 1906 in Delta County.  Following high school graduation, she graduated from Ross Business College in Grand Junction.  She returned to Montrose, where she worked as the city clerk from 1934 to 1950.  She married Luther B. White and opened White Realty and purchased and operated the White Motel.  After attending the University of Colorado, she earned a license in real estate appraisals and was one of the first qualified MAI real estate appraisers in western Colorado.  She remained active as a real estate broker and appraiser until her retirement in 1987.

This scholarship was created to honor one of the most successful female businesspersons in the post war era in Montrose County.  In addition to meeting the criteria, the student who receives this scholarship must be hard working, demonstrate financial need and show involvement in many activities in addition to schooling. They must have a drive to attend college and be successful, similar to Ada M. White.

In 2018, one, $2,000, non-renewable scholarship will be awarded.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

  • Be a graduate of Montrose High School and apply within a maximum of two years of graduation.
  • Be accepted at an accredited four-year college or university in the state of Colorado and plan to pursue a four-year baccalaureate program.
  • Demonstrate financial need to pursue your education.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • If you are a Montrose High School Student, please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • If you are NOT a Montrose High School Student, please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application.
  • Copy of your high school or current college transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements and honors/awards, and work experience.
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (The SAR is 1 page – do not submit your entire FAFSA package)
  • Financial aid package from college you are planning to attend (this is optional)
  • Two part essay.

ESSAY: In a maximum of one page, please answer the following question:  Discuss the specific reasons you have decided to pursue a four-year degree in your chosen field.  Include the specific events, experiences, or people that have influenced you in making this decision.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT:
MONTROSE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – Please follow instructions on how to fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system.

OTHER APPLICANTS – Please complete the MCF Scholarship Application and submit the application and the REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS by March 15, 2018 to Montrose Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3020, Montrose, CO  81402 or submit electronically to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com.  Please note “Ada White Scholarship” in the subject line and include all necessary attachments in a single email. Be sure your name is clearly included on each page of the submitted required attachments.

Maslow Academy Community Scholarship Program

The Maslow Academy of Applied Learning is an educational partnership of master teachers, involved families and reflective learners who challenge one another to grow through experiential and applied learning to reach his or her peak potential.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS:
Application is submitted directly to Montrose Community Foundation (MCF). All information in the Maslow Academy Community Scholarship Application will be confidential and reviewed only by the MCF scholarship review committee.

We value offering a choice in education for all children. Scholarships provide access to whole child, individualized learning. Our Scholarships are generously funded by private donors in the community.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 2nd, 2018 (Midnight)

Recipients will be notified by Montrose Community Foundation week of March 26th.

CRITERIA, DETAILS, and ATTACHMENTS:
– All families are required to demonstrate their financial need as measured by standards similar to the National School Lunch Program. (See chart included with application). Families currently receiving CCAP are not eligible.

– Children eligible for a scholarship must be qualified to attend Violet, Primary or Intermediate classes as evident by enrollment numbers, current assessments, teacher recommendation and/or intake assessment and interview.

– Families with multiple children who qualify may receive more than one scholarship per family.

– Selected families will receive 50% or 25% of their tuition, depending on their income and household size.

– Scholarships are not automatically renewed and applicants will need to reapply annually.

– Candidates and their families must demonstrate commitment to the mission of the school (an essay to a prompt with an answer in 300 words or less).

APPLICATION: Download Application here.

SUBMIT: Please turn in application and any attachments to Montrose Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402, by email to info.montrosecf@gmail.com or bring to Timberline Bank, 1561 Oxbow Drive, Montrose, CO  81401. Please direct all questions to: MCF office at 249-3900.

Tom Gilmore Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship

In 2015, the Montrose County Board of County Commissioners established the Tom Gilmore Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship to provide financial assistance to successful candidates enrolled in a regional Law Enforcement Academy. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Sheriff Tom Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore worked for the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office for 35 years and dedicated his life to law enforcement in our community.

This scholarship is intended to go to a student who is well-rounded, involved in the community and willing to dedicate themselves as a law enforcement professional. This is a merit based scholarship.

This is typically a $5,000 non-renewable scholarship to be used towards tuition and fees for the Law Enforcement Academy. The scholarship check will be written directly to the school where the Law Enforcement Academy is being taught.

CRITERIA –To be eligible the applicant must:

    • Be a Montrose County resident as evidenced by a valid Colorado Driver’s License
    • Be at least age 21 or older upon graduation of Law Enforcement Academy
    • Pass a background check
    • Have earned a High School diploma or GED
    • Be enrolled in the upcoming semester of a Law Enforcement Academy

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

ESSAY:  Describe the most important qualities that someone with a career in law enforcement should possess and why? Limit your answer to 500 words or less.

TO SUBMIT:
Please complete the MCF Scholarship Application and submit the application, essay and the required attachments to Montrose Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3020, Montrose, CO  81402 or submit electronically to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com.  Please note “Gilmore Law Enforcement Scholarship” in the subject line and include all necessary attachments in a single email.

Montrose Rotary Club Vocational Scholarship

For many years, the Montrose Rotary Club has generously funded scholarships to well-rounded individuals.  This year scholarships will be given to students who live in Montrose or Olathe planning on enrolling in or are already enrolled in a vocational school or technical college.

  • Scholarship amounts will vary between $1000-$2000 each.
  • Students must be enrolling in or currently enrolled in classes at a vocational school or technical college.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Montrose or Olathe High School Students please fill out the Common Scholarship Application (CSA) online.
  • Other students please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application.
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements and honors/awards, and work experience.
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Two Essays (max. 2 pages total)

ESSAYS:  In a maximum of two pages, please answer the following questions:

ESSAY QUESTION #1:  Specifically, what involvement, accomplishment, and/or experience have led you to your career choice?  Why?

ESSAY QUESTION #2:  Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT: 
MONTROSE OR OLATHE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, please contact the MCF Offices at 249-3900.

OTHER STUDENTS: Please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application. All supporting documents including the essays will need to be submitted together and sent to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com or mailed to MCF, PO Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402 by the March 15th deadline. Please make sure that all attachments have your name on them. Please include “Montrose Rotary Vocational Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. If you have any questions, please call the MCF Offices as 249-3900.

NEW! Karla J. Gilbert, Karl T. and Ruth C. Gilbert Family Scholarship

The Gilberts moved to Montrose in the early 1970’s. Education was important to them. Karla was a home economics graduate from what is now Southern Utah State University in Cedar City, Utah and an Elementary Education graduate from Utah State University at Logan. Karl was a forestry graduate from Colorado Aggies, now Colorado State University. Ruth obtained a secondary teaching degree from Adams State College and a Library Science degree from Denver University.

Karla began a teaching career in the Montrose County Schools in 1972 that spanned the next 32 years. After closing the Sanborn Park School, the last of the area’s one-room schoolhouses, in the summer of 1977, she went on to teach mostly first grade at Johnson, Riverside–Uncompahgre, and Pomona. Reading was her passion with her motto, “If children can read, they can do anything.” Karla was recognized for teaching excellence by the Montrose Rotary Club, the Altrusa Club and by the Masonic Lodge. She was a candidate for Montrose County School’s Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Karl worked in numerous National Parks and became the General Superintendent of the Black Canyon National Monument, Curecanti National Recreational Area, and Colorado National Monument cluster when the Gilbert family moved to Montrose. Both he and Ruth were civic minded, participating in church activities, serving on community boards and participating in a variety of organizations including Rotary, Community Concert Series, Knife and Fork Club, Rose Club, Club 20. Whatever Karl was involved with, Ruth supported. As a homemaker, Ruth also participated in Cliolian Club, Home Extension Club and several quilting and Bible Study groups. With Karl’s background in forestry, and having lived and worked in many of the nation’s National Parks, the beauty of nature was highly valued by the family. Crafts of various kinds were also enjoyed and led to retirement hobbies of wood working, quilting and sewing, gardening and nature crafts.

This scholarship is established by the Gilbert family to encourage a deserving student who values education and has a commitment to succeed in a career in education or a branch of the natural resources field, and most importantly in life. Recipients will be chosen based on past academic history, extracurricular involvement, and perceived potential for future academic success as evaluated through the application and attachments.

For 2018, one, $1,000, non-renewable scholarship will be awarded.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Students eligible for this scholarship are residents of Montrose County
  • Student may be graduating from Montrose or Olathe high school or a nontraditional student attending college.
  • Students must be pursuing a degree in a field related to education or natural resources.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrated financial need – low priority.

REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:

  • Montrose and Olathe High School students must complete the Common Scholarship Application.
  • Other applicants must fill out the MCF Scholarship Application
  • Letters of recommendation from three adults who know you well, only one reference may be connected to the school/college in any position, including coaching.
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (The SAR is 1 page – do not submit your entire FAFSA package)
  • Financial aid package from college you are planning to attend (this is optional)
  • Current High School or college transcript, include SAT or ACT scores
  • Your resume including school activities, athletic involvement, community activities, achievements, honors/awards, and work experience.
  • Essays (limit 2 pages total)

ESSAY: Limit 2 pages total

  1. Discuss the specific reasons you have decided to pursue a four-year college degree in education or a branch of the natural resources field. Include specific events, experiences, or people that have influenced you in making this decision.
  2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018 (Midnight)

HOW TO SUBMIT: 
MONTROSE OR OLATHE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Please fill out the Common Scholarship Application online. All supporting documents including the essays will be submitted through the online system. If you have any questions, please contact the MCF Offices at 249-3900.

OTHER STUDENTS: Please fill out the MCF Scholarship Application. All supporting documents including the essays will need to be submitted together and sent to montrosecommunityfoundation@gmail.com or mailed to MCF, PO Box 3020, Montrose, CO 81402 by the March 15th deadline. Please make sure that all attachments have your name on them. Please include “Montrose Rotary Vocational Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. If you have any questions, please call the MCF Offices as 249-3900.