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5Point Dream Project awards seven scholarships

Ryan Summerlin
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Mauricio Sosa of Basalt built a peace garden at the town's high school with the scholarship he won from the Dream Project last year.
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The Dream Project, a scholarship program of 5Point Adventure Film Festival, is awarding $1,500 scholarships to seven Roaring Fork Valley students.

This makes the Dream Project’s eighth year and 5Point’s 10th year. This scholarship program started out offering only three scholarships but has since grown. This is the first year that the Dream Project has offered seven full scholarships, and this year the program has awarded a micro grant.

The winners will be awarded $1,500 scholarships to launch individual projects they’ve proposed.

The application process alone is good for getting the gears turning in these students’ heads, said Tracy Wilson, Dream Project coordinator. Even the students who don’t end up winning one of the scholarships often go on to complete their proposed projects. As someone who goes into these schools and talks with the students, Wilson said she can attest that they are an inspired group of young people who care about initiating positive changes in their world.

This year the Dream Project also started a mentorship program to help applying students develop their ideas and problem solve to make them doable.

Lily Meadows, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School senior, is an avid horseback rider who volunteers at Smiling Goat Ranch and helps children with autism in a therapeutic riding program. Meadows’ scholarship project will be a venture to Portugal to study under a classical dressage rider who is also a therapy expert specializing in autism and bring that training back to her community.

Christian Gomez Monarrez, a senior at Basalt High School, proposed creating a recording studio “to further his passion of sharing music with the community,” according to the scholarship program. “A talented composer and musician, he has lent his talent to the nonprofit community, playing for organizations such as The Buddy Program during fundraising events,” according to the Dream Project.

Basalt High School sophomore Bianca Godina was also chosen as a Dream Project recipient, for her project to self-publish a book of poetry covering a range of topics, from family issues to the modern life of a teenager.

A junior at Basalt High School, Michell Cabrera’s project will be to create a “Before I die ____” wall, hopefully in a location where it can be a permanent installation. On this wall anyone can add what they want to accomplish in their lifetime. “She hopes that providing a space to anonymously declare one’s dreams, and view the dreams of our neighbors, will inspire us all to connect more and get to know each other a little bit better,” according to the Dream Project.

Three of the scholarship winners proposed projects closely linked to 5Point, as their own projects are based on film.

Two plan to use their scholarship money to shoot documentaries, and the third plans to create a film club.

Evelyn Huntington, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School junior, plans to use her scholarship winnings on a documentary in her home state of South Dakota, filming the lives of women at the Lakota Reservation. Described as a “committed activist for human rights,” Huntington will “capture the stories and challenges surrounding the women of these ancient traditions living in the modern age,” according to the Dream Project.

Cathal Branigan won a scholarship for his proposed project to create a film group for Roaring Fork High School, where he is also a junior. Branigan plans to create a club that would be open to all grades in the high school. “This group will be his legacy as it will continue to exist well after he graduates, providing a safe space for students to discover their passions for film,” the Dream Project wrote.

Whitton Feer, a junior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, wants to take his passion for photography into film and shoot a documentary focusing on Colorado’s public lands, emphasizing the importance of conservation. “He has a sharp awareness of the importance of public lands in our current political climate,” according to a Dream Project release.

And this year the program is also awarding a $500 “Day Dream Micro Grant” to Rachel Eagleton.

Eagleton is a Yampah High School student who plans to invest this scholarship into furthering her education in American Sign Language.

The Carbondale-based Timbers Resorts is the primary financier that makes the Dream Project happen, said Wilson.