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For the 17th consecutive year, Glenwood Hot Springs has selected the winners of the Glenwood Hot Springs Higher Education Scholarship. The three deserving seniors are all employed at Glenwood Hot Springs and attend Glenwood Springs High School. Sierra Weast and Kyle Snyder will each receive $1,000 per year for four years, and Corey Gera will receive $500 per year for four years.

“This scholarship is a way for Glenwood Hot Springs to emphasize the importance of attaining a higher education; we are very proud of these three young people and wish them the best for their future,” said Kjell Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer and general manager for Glenwood Hot Springs.

Sierra Weast, daughter of John and Judith Weast, has worked many posts at Glenwood Hot Springs, including as a Grill employee, pool cashier and lifeguard. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work, an accelerated five-year program offered at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Sierra received a total award of $4,000.



Already a talented musician, Kyle Snyder, whose parents are Dana and Rilla Snyder, plans to major in music education at either the University of Northern Colorado or Colorado Mesa University. Kyle is employed as the pianist at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, and also works at both the Glenwood Hot Springs Snack Bar and the Grill. Kyle was also awarded $4,000.

Lifeguard Corey Gera plans to attend Adams State University in Alamosa or Colorado Mountain College (CMC) here in Glenwood Springs, where she is looking forward to following a pre-med/nursing course of study. She sees the advantages of both schools: the possibility of playing soccer at Adams State or being close to home by attending CMC. Corey is the daughter of Richard Gera of Dawsonville, Georgia, and Virginia Gera of Glenwood Springs. Corey received a $2,000 award.



Congratulations to the 2012 Glenwood Hot Springs Higher Education Scholarship winners. The Glenwood Hot Springs Higher Education Scholarship was established in 1995 for the higher education of students who meet particular criteria determined by the selection committee.

Alexa Williams of Rifle was awarded a law degree during Creighton University’s winter commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. About 1,500 degrees were conferred during Creighton University’s spring commencement.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that David Witt is this year’s recipient of the County Sheriffs’ of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship awarded for Garfield County. Witt, who will be graduating from Grand Valley High School in Parachute, will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder to study geophysics.

CSOC, Colorado’s state sheriffs’ association, offered 32 awards of $500 each this year to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher-level educational expenses for the 2012-2013 academic year.

A citizens’ committee selected the winner for each county. Committees made their selections based upon criteria established by CSOC, including leadership, merit, character, involvement, purpose and need. Applicants were required to be full time, legal Colorado residents who planned to attend a Colorado university, college or trade school.

This is the 33rd year for the CSOC scholarship program. Monies for the program are derived, in part, from the CSOC honorary membership fund, which consist of contributions from individual citizens and businesses each year.


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