I want to alert your readers to an opportunity to support our local high school seniors’ college aspirations.
On May 26, Telluride High School will once again hold our annual Senior Awards night. For over 20 years, the astounding generosity of our community and its belief in the fundamental importance of higher education have been displayed as local individuals, businesses and foundations have awarded scholarships to assist seniors in defraying their college costs.
This year, as the recession has negatively impacted so many of us, so too has it hurt the family finances of students who, through no fault of their own, are heading off to college at a time when they can least afford it. Many students will have to contend with decreased family income at the same time that most colleges are anticipating tuition hikes. In our own state, Governor Ritter recently announced that “the state budget crisis leaves lawmakers with little choice but to allow some Colorado colleges and universities [to] increase tuition without legislative approval.” CU Boulder will likely increase tuition by 3.9 percent, and CSU’s cost is expected to go up 9 percent. The good news is that many colleges are claiming that they will not reduce financial aid awards; however, with so many more students lined up to request assistance than ever before, one can’t help but believe that the monies won’t stretch as far as needed.
This is where you come in. Senior Awards night presents the opportunity to make a meaningful investment in our collective future. In the past, the reasons donors have cited for their participation have been many and varied. Some donors simply want to support a needy student or reward a successful one – or both. Others offer memorial scholarships in honor of loved ones. Still others choose to recognize a student achievement in sports or in the arts. Perhaps you’d like to help a student attend your alma mater. Or you might want to encourage a student who plans to enter your field of work. Whatever the reason you may have for a scholarship donation, know that even a small gift can make the difference in a student’s ability to attend the college of his or her dreams. I encourage those individuals and businesses interested in contributing a college scholarship to a Telluride student to contact me at the high school at 970/728-4377 ext. 134 or at email@example.com.
My thanks in advance for your willingness to help endow a brighter future for us all.
– Karen Lavender, THS College Counseling Coordinator