EnCana donates $20,000 to CMC scholarship
EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. has just matched its last year’s gift of $20,000 to Colorado Mountain College’s Marge Lowderback Memorial Scholarship Endowment! EnCana donated yet another $20,000 as organizers prepare for the second annual Mud for Marge weekend.Mud for Marge events last year, including Encana’s generous gift, endowed the scholarship in memory of lifelong learner Marge Lowderback, who achieved her associate of arts degree at CMC at a youthful 80 years old.Four students will receive the Marge Lowderback Memorial Scholarship Endowment for their study at CMC’s Rifle Campus this fall. “They range from a recent high school graduate, to a GED recipient, to a student already attending CMC, to a student pursuing a second degree at CMC, and are all ages,” says CMC administrative aide and Mud for Marge organizer Sue Coquoz. “And I was very happy to hear that my daughter was selected!”The first scholarship recipients are Kristlynn Coquoz, Jeri Gideon, Pam Kiser and Patricia Olmedo, all of whom are pursuing degree-based programs at CMC in Rifle. This year’s gift from EnCana, as well as funds raised at this coming weekend’s Mud for Marge events, will enable the scholarship to assist even more students in pursuing degree programs at CMC’s Rifle Campus.Mud for Marge kicks off this Friday afternoon from 1-7 p.m. with the number eight “Bigfoot” 4×4 monster truck on display at CMC’s Rifle Campus, and then a short parade on Railroad Avenue to the fairgrounds. Driver Rick Long will sign autographs. Then Saturday, June 26, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds at 3 p.m., face painting, kid’s activities and free, live music for the family will be sung by the performer “Cookee.” At 5 p.m., thundering “Bigfoot” revs up to stomp on cars, and trucks from surrounding communities will battle in mud bog racing.The fun continues Sunday, June 27, with an Elder Trucking Demolition Derby and Tuff Truck competition starting at 2 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Tickets for all the events are available at CMC’s Rifle Campus and at the gate. Tickets will also be on sale at the Rifle Wal-Mart Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.Lowderback gave her utmost in working to achieve her degree, according to CMC staff. “The biggest thing is that she was really excited about getting an education and meeting that goal,” recalls Coquoz. “She didn’t let her age or physical limitations sway her ambition to get her degree. And she wasn’t afraid to get help when she needed it.” Sadly, a sudden illness cut short Lowderback’s life shortly after she achieved her degree in 2002.Students who apply for the Marge Lowderback Memorial Scholarship Endowment must be in-district Colorado residents enrolled in at least six credit hours at the Rifle CMC Campus. Preference is given to students seeking a degree or certification, and they must reside between New Castle and Battlement Mesa. They must maintain satisfactory academic progress and with their application must submit a 300-word essay on their educational goals. Students who apply for the Marge Lowderback Memorial Scholarship Endowment must be in-district Colorado residents enrolled in at least six credit hours at the Rifle CMC Campus. Preference is given to students seeking a degree or certification, and they must reside between New Castle and Battlement Mesa. They must maintain satisfactory academic progress and with their application must submit a 300-word essay on their educational goals.
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