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These scholarship opportunities are intended for candidates whose combination of academic and/or vocational experience ensures that they have the potential to succeed in their chosen field of study, and who, without this scholarship aid would be unable to pursue their education or to attend an institution that would enable them to reach their career goals. Consideration is given to academic achievement, activities and particularly to demonstrated financial need and community service.
An applicant for an academic scholarship should have a grade point average (GPA) for the junior and senior years of 3.0 or above. An applicant for a vocational/technical scholarship should have a GPA of 2.0 or above. At its discretion, the Scholarship Committee may consider otherwise highly qualified applicants who have shown marked improvement in their GPA during their Junior and Senior years regardless of their GPA. To maintain eligibility for either scholarship in subsequent years, applicants must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.
All Scholarship packages must be complete and be received by the March 15th deadline to be eligible for consideration. No late applications will be accepted and no incomplete packages will be considered.
Academic and Vocational/Technical Scholarships are available to successful applicants from Bayfield, Durango, and Ignacio area high schools, and Adult Education Center programs. In addition, we provide scholarships for those planning to receive Paramedic training and those pursuing Continuing Education. Finally, we will consider current scholarship recipients for future scholarships if they resubmit a scholarship request each academic year. Children of Rotary members are not eligible for these scholarships.
Types of Scholarships
Multiple scholarships will be awarded totaling $31,000 for graduating high school seniors, as well as those with a high school diploma or a GED, interested in pursuing an academic degree at a post-secondary college or university. Scholarships will be awarded in amounts from $1000 up to $5000 depending on demonstration of need and merit.
– One $1500 Vocational Scholarship intended for applicants pursuing a vocational/technical program rather than an academic program: for example, nursing, auto mechanics, cosmetology, etc.;
– One $1500 Paramedic Scholarship intended for applicants pursuing a Colorado state approved Paramedic program;
– One $1500 Interact Academic Scholarship intended for applicants from the Durango High School Interact Club.
– An additional $500 has been donated by the Southwest Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to be awarded to a qualifying applicant entering a college engineering program. These funds may be awarded as a bonus to a High Noon Rotary Academic scholarship or as a separate $500 scholarship.
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