McRaith is 6th recipient of Massaro Scholarship
Glenwood Springs High School senior Eve McRaith was awarded the sixth Nick Massaro Education Scholarship. The scholarship is for $5,000 and brings the total awarded to GSHS seniors to $30,000.
McRaith ranked in the top 10 percent of the graduating class and is the daughter of Kathleen McRaith, GSHS English teacher and head of the drama department. The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who is either a child of a Roaring Fork School District employee or is intending to enter the field of education.
The $5,000 scholarship was named in honor of longtime Glenwood Springs educator Nick Massaro. Massaro came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1950 as a teacher, coach and principal of Basalt High School. He was principal of Glenwood Springs High School from 1957 to 1962 and assistant superintendent for Roaring Fork School District from 1962 until he was made superintendent in 1975. He served in that capacity until 1983.
In addition to her academic honors, McRaith is active in a variety of community activities. She has served in Key Club, she was a Link Leader (a high school mentorship program), she works at the Glenwood Hot Springs, and does local highway clean up. She will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins in the fall.
According to Mike Wells, president of the Roaring Fork Education Foundation, the entity that established the scholarship, “Eve perfectly reflects the academic qualities and the character of a person we want to have as a scholarship recipient. Her essay particularly impressed the board.”
In the essay, McRaith said, “I’m learning to see that we can impact our community with grace by helping one person at a time.”
After meeting McRaith, Nick Massaro, currently a Grand Junction resident, said “Eve is such an impressive young woman. I continue to be touched and proud that the community not only contributes to the scholarship fund but produces such great scholarship recipients.”
Wells noted that fundraising for the scholarship continues. “It’s important that all those students, teachers and parents who Nick touched do what they can to help make this a robust, growing scholarship program.”
Contributions may be sent to: Roaring Fork Education Foundation, in care of Shannon Pelland, assistant superintendent, Roaring Fork School District, 1405 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs 81601. The checks should be made out to the Roaring Fork Education Foundation.
The Roaring Fork Education Foundation board of directors consists of Mike Wells, president; Gayla Rowe, secretary; Sumner Schachter, treasurer; Nick Massaro Jr.; and Mike Massaro.
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