Clough Fellowship program supports 200 local students |

Clough Fellowship program supports 200 local students

Many of this year’s 58 recipients of the Genevieve Clough Fellowship gather with Clough's granddaughter, Stormy Anderson (front row, red shirt), outside Colorado Mountain College in Rifle following the awards reception. Photo Charles Engelbert Photography

Since 2007, the Genevieve Clough Fellowship program has awarded more than $2 million in scholarship funds to more than 200 recent graduates of western Garfield County high schools to support their pursuit of higher education.

This year a total of 58 graduates of Coal Ridge, Rifle and Grand Valley high schools were honored.

The need-based scholarship program was established nearly four years ago by the late Genevieve Clough of Rifle and will continue through a generous endowment she made through her estate plan. The scholarship program is managed through the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

Past recipients know the life-changing impact the fellowship can have. Clough Fellow Maritza Arizaga, a Grand Valley graduate and a current student at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, said the award helps her complete a significant step toward her goal of becoming a doctor of ophthalmology and joining the Peace Corps.

“With the generous aid of the Clough [Fellowship], I will be able to complete my first years of college debt-free,” Arizaga said. “I am very content with the decision of attending CMC with the help of the Clough scholarship. They are doing a great thing, changing the lives of many students who are pursuing a college education and sometimes don’t have the necessary funds to further their education. I know Mrs. Clough would be very proud to know that the [CMC] Foundation is continuing her initial intentions of bettering the lives of many students.”

Clough Fellows can pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree, or vocational technical certification. More information about the program is available through counselors at the three high schools in western Garfield County.

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