Saguache News – April 12

Scholarships Available for HS Seniors in Saguache 

As spring races by thoughts for Saguache County students turn to summertime fun, and who can blame them? But for graduating seniors the transition from their K – 12 school years to what’s ahead can be filled with excitement and confusion all at the same time.

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The San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association is accepting applications for its scholarship programs Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

But for those who have their sights set on continuing their education, Saguache Today is here to bring some good news about scholarships available to help offset the cost of higher education.

Earlier this month, The San Luis Valley Cattlemen Association announced via their Facebook Page that they are offering scholarships to local students. In fact, both the CattleMEN and CattleWOMEN groups are each offering a scholarship this year. The following are the details for the scholarships with links to the applications. The amounts are for $750 and $500 respectively.

For those unfamiliar with the group, SLV Cattlemen’s Association is a local affiliate of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) which was founded in 1867 – nine years before Colorado became a state!  As such, it became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation. With agriculture representing a smaller and smaller portion of the U.S. and Colorado population, the need to educate the public about the beef industry’s role in today’s society has never been greater. There are fewer ranches left every year to support a statewide voice for the beef industry.

Fortunately, at the state level the CCA fills that role with assistance from its many affiliates across Colorado, and in the Saguache County that means the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association. Their combined efforts ensure that thought leaders and members of society understand the importance of beef production and ranching families. If you are interested in becoming a member or if you would like more information about The San Luis Valley Cattlemens or Colorado Cattlemens Please Contact President Chad Cochran at chad.cochran@aglending.com or Secretary/Treasurer Erin Nissen at erin.nissenfarms@gmail.com.

Now it’s time to talk scholarships so that the next generation of farmers and ranchers can move forward in their academic pursuits. Good luck to all!

SLV Cattlemen’s 2018 Scholarship Application Guidelines

  •  The SLV Cattlemen’s Scholarship is $750.
  • Preference will be given to a current Producer Member or the son, daughter, grandchild or legal dependent of a current, paid, “Producer Member” of the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Applicants are chosen without consideration of age, creed, ethnicity, religion or gender.
  • Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education, i.e., vocational school, college, continuing education, etc.
  • The applicant must be an incoming college freshman or sophomore. Prior recipients of this scholarship are ineligible but second year students may re-apply. The SLV Cattlemen’s Association Board of Director’s will also be open to special circumstances (for example, a first year graduate student), but in such a case, a presentation must be made to the Board for permission to apply.
  • Scholarships must be used in the school year awarded. Payment will be made to the financial department of the applicant’s school upon confirmation the applicant is currently enrolled and plans to continue their education.
  • Applications must be received by mail April 30th, 2018, address to:                    SLV Cattlemen’s Association C/O Erin Nissen 6118 Lane 5 N. Mosca, CO 81146

Required Information:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
  2. Two letters of reference. One from a member of the applicant’s current school, and one from a person not related to the applicant that can address the character of the applicant.
  3. An essay, double spaced and 12 point font. Applicant may be as creative as they like. The essay may include a biography about the applicant or their personal situation, future plans, an example of the applicant’s journalistic skills, why the applicant feels they are deserving of the scholarship, etc. The selection committee will be more interested in the applicant’s ability to communicate, their imagination, sincerity, knowledge and passion than the literal content of the essay. Anything the applicant feels will set them apart will be acceptable. Awards and achievements may be listed elsewhere. Length of essay should not exceed two pages.
  4. For Scholarship application – CLICK to connect.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee.  

San Luis Valley Cattlewomen’s 2018 Scholarship

  • The SLV Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is $500.
  • The scholarship is open to all San Luis Valley H.S. seniors.
  • Scholarships are not based solely on GPA, ACT or SAT scores.
  • Applicants are chosen without consideration of age, creed, ethnicity, religion or gender.
  • Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education, i.e., vocational school, college, continuing education, etc. 
  • Scholarships must be used in the school year awarded. Payment will be made to the financial department of the applicant’s school upon confirmation the applicant is currently enrolled.
  • If needed, the Selection Committee may ask for applicants to come for an interview. 
  • Applications must be received by mail April 30th, 2018, address to:                        SLV Cattlewomen’s Scholarship C/O Erin Nissen 6118 Lane 5 N. Mosca, CO 81146

 Required Information:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
  2. Two letters of reference. One from a member of the applicant’s current school, and one from a person not related to the applicant that can address the character of the applicant.
  3. An essay, double spaced and 12 point font, describing the applicant’s goals, interests, activities and accomplishments. Awards and achievements may be listed elsewhere. Length of essay should not exceed two pages.
  4. Application form – CLICK to Connect

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee.

 

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