Glenwood senior wins Boettcher Scholarship |

Glenwood senior wins Boettcher Scholarship

Courtesy photo by Tracy Trulove Young

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Allie Rippy of Glenwood Springs has been offered the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, one of 40 recipients from throughout Colorado to be selected.

The Glenwood Springs High School senior is the second member of her family to be offered the scholarship, which provides a full ride to any Colorado college or university. Her older sister, Kerry Rippy, was also selected in 2008.

Like her sister, though, Allie is weighing the decision whether to accept, due to the fact that she has some out-of-state possibilities to continue her education after graduation. Kerry Rippy ended up turning down the scholarship and is attending Yale University.

“I have some options, and at this point I’ll be happy wherever I go,” Allie Rippy said.

She plans to study pre-med, and last weekend interviewed at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minn.

Her first choice among Colorado institutions is Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

The Boettcher Foundation grants 40 merit-based scholarships to graduating seniors each year. Recipients are selected from more than 1,300 qualified applicants. Students must rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class and have a combined score of at least 1200 on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or a composite ACT score of at least 27.

According to a press release from the Boettcher Foundation, recipients are chosen “on the basis of their superior academic ability, demonstrated service ethic, outstanding character and their participation and leadership in both school and community activities.”

Rippy is a co-founder of Glenwood High’s student club Students Helping Our Community (SHOC). The club educates students about giving to worthy causes, including screening applications for and awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations.

Her fellow co-founder of that club, Rachel Sobke, was a semifinalist in the Boettcher selection process this year.

In the larger community, Rippy is a member of the YouthZone board of directors, through that organizations Titans program, which places youth on various nonprofit boards in the community. She served on the Glenwood Springs Soccer Club board her freshman and sophomore years. Rippy is also a member of the GSHS girls soccer team.

“I wasn’t nervous at all,” she said of the Boettcher interview process. “I did some prep interviews with my counselor, so I was well prepared.

“The YouthZone board work has also made me comfortable around adults, so that helped,” Rippy said.

Another of the requirements was to solicit three letters of recommendation, which were submitted on Rippy’s behalf by YouthZone Executive Director Debbie Wilde, GSHS counselor Wade Lewis and math teacher Kathy Quint.

The Boettcher Scholarship consists of full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The scholarship are granted for eight semesters at either a public or private four-year college or university in Colorado, as long the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Since the program’s inception, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded nearly 2,300 scholarships. It provides about $3 million in scholarship support annually.

If Rippy declines the scholarship, it would be offered to one of the selected alternates.

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